Witches of Lychford
Traveler, Cleric, Witch.
The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment.
Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth -- that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border willenvironment.Judith ...more
That’s kind of how I felt about this book. Good writing, interesting urban (suburban? village?) fantasy plot, strong female lead characters, ...more
So, what to say about this story?
Well, it's remarkable how many layers this story has.
On the surface we have the story of three women in a small British town (for some reason I kept thinking this was set in the US) where a big supermarket chain wants to open a store. One woman is a vicar, the other is the owner of a shop and the third i ...more
But the flavor waned and at the end of the day this is a good but not great urban fantasy with some better than average magic rules.
The idea of a magic world living parallel with us and some secret mumbo jumbo holding ...more
Quaint and very pleasant with a touch of autumn chill, like a brisk stroll through the cemetery at sunset when it's just starting to drizzle. Not exactly what I expected from books with the urban fantasy label, but this was a nice surprise.
If you like charming small-town stories with a cast of oddball, neighborly characters and more magic than magical realism, give this a try.
But by "neighborly," I don't mean friendly, although I'm aware that's how mo ...more
So when the author tweeted that this novella was available for 99p as Amazon Kindle ‘Deal of the Day’, I instantly had to purchase it.
There’s a mix response from the villagers of sleep Lychford as a major supermarket chain intends to build a branch on the neighbouring border.
Not least from local witch Judith Mawson (though locals think she’s just a bit weird) as the expansion will ...more
The folks of the quiet town of Lychford meet to discuss the change of roads to accommodate a new supermarket moving into town. Most townspeople welcome the change of infrastructure, yet they don’t know what lies beneath their town. Old Judith Mawson does!
Lychford town lies on the boundary of two worlds. A construction of the site would open a gateway and unleash creatures from the other side.
Lizzie and Autumn ar ...more
Paul Cornell writes looming, disastrous & supernatural really, really well (see also London Falling which shares this spooky ambiance). This is a short novel—I was trying to read it while simultaneously cooking supper on Saturday evening, and I was resenting every time I had to set it down to go check on the pots on the stove!
For something so short, there is a remarkable amount of complexity. I seem to be reading a lot of fic ...more
The story itself is fairly simple, with a traditional sort of feel. A new supermarket is coming to Ly ...more
Anyway, 'Witches of Lychford'. It's been out for a year, but the release of the second story prompted me as well as the summer holidays starting. It's only a novella, something to read on a warm early summer afternoon. Partly satirical, partly traditio ...more
I'm intrigued by this novella - I want to find out more about the place, and the main characters, and what happens next. I like all three women characters: irritable Village crank, Magic shop owner, and Reverend whose not sure she believes. I'll be reading the next one in the series!
In Lychford, something wicked this way comes and the only people who can stop it are a vicar who's lost her faith, an atheist magic shop owner who doesn't believe in magic and the town curmudgeon, Judith. Lots of funny bits, plenty of suspense and bit creepy, this is a peach of a book.
The main characters in this are great and I really came to like the three of them.
A lot of development in such a short story is a credit to the author.
The story itself is very good and the couple of twists and flipping of convention make it a really interesting read.
Each of the women is facing grief and crises of faith that they have to overcome to protect their town, and this is done ...more
I wanted to find a witch book.... this didn’t do much for me. Couldn’t relate to the characters, didn’t explain the history behind the town and the people very well, and just left me feeling like I missed something.
There is a town with a large population of witches. They live in this particular ar ...more
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I also really loved the characters of all three of the women who are ...more
Witches of Lychford may be one of the most successful novellas I have ever read, a very English delight from start to finish, which understands that a ...more
It was exactly the case with this one. I think, if it was a full-on novel, I would've adored it. However, I found it much too short to really touch on all of the subjects I wanted to, and I just wanted to know more. Luckily I've got some sequels to look forwa ...more