Synopsis:In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
Review:Thank you to Orbit for sending me a finished copy of this book for review!
The Once and Future Witches has been on my list of highly anticipated releases for 2020. The cover was gorgeous, I had heard such incredible things about Harrow’s writing style, and I am always here for something witchy.
I had originally rated this a four stars, but after sitting on it for a few days I cannot seem to get the story out of my head, which almost always makes me bump it up to a five star. This will definitely be in my list of top reads of the year.
I picked this up just as fall was starting to roll around here in Ohio, and it was a perfect time. One of the strongest aspects of this book, apart from Harrow’s phenomenal writing style, was the atmosphere. You are immediately thrust into this world filled with magic and intrigue. The characters were fantastic. This story had one of my favorite villains and the sister relationship felt very realistic, with each character being well fleshed out.
I would encourage everyone to pick this one up this spooky season. I mean, it is full of feminist witches fighting to bring magic back into their world. What’s not to love?