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Witches of Ash and Ruin

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,147 ratings  ·  354 reviews
Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash of witches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy and A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.

Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who bar
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Freeform
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
I received an early copy of this book to review

*4.5/5 stars

My god, this book. I knew I was going to like it - it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year - but MY GOD.

So, straight off the bat we have Irish witchy vibes, following multiple characters of the LGBTQ+ community (bisexual, lesbian), the main character living with OCD, and the angsty hate-to-love trope. Are you in yet? Because that's all I needed to know beforehand. And while that may sound like there's a lot going on, trust
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was a swing and a miss.

I picked up this book knowing it was perfectly suited to me. If I have one passion in this life, it is queer witches in Ireland dealing with mental health issues. And yet almost nothing about this book worked for me. Instead of a central narrator, or even two, this book is absolutely full to bursting with unnecessary POVs. If any character is missing any information, rest assured that the next chapter will be narrated by someone else entirely new that will fill you in
NAT.orious reads ☾
Wait, what? This book features a modern witchcraft x Celtic mythology crossover AND OCD AND bisexuality? Em, excuse the fuck out of you for not being published earlier???

destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology" — I'm listening? "Bisexual MC with OCD" — YES??? ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
ever wondered what a book centered around the 300 Fox Way women would look like? here she is.

this was super atmospheric and the BEST witchy book I have ever read, mainly because of its realism and seemingly accurate portrayal of modern witchcraft (I say seemingly as I don’t identify as a witch but I do know ~some~ practices)

I will say this is much more about witches tracking down a witch hunting serial killer than it is about celtic mythology which I went into expecting. now don’t get me wrong
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I am in love with everything about this book! This is grown-up Charmed* with a murder mystery to die for.

We follow Dayna and several other characters (this is multiple POV) in a small, conservative Irish town. Add in a world of witches, black magic and death we have one of my favourite books of the year so far. I love anything to do with witches, and this book absolutely 100% satiated my cravings. The plot continued to drive forward; it never halted, so it was never, ever dull. I continued to fl
E. Latimer
Nov 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: queer-witches
My mom gives this book 5 stars!
JK, JK. This book will inevitably horrify my mother and she will pray for my soul (love you, mom!)

In all seriousness, I'm SO excited for my witchlings to be out in the world, and since ARC copies are just now popping up in the wild, I wanted to do a short content warning for anyone who might need or want it:

Trigger/Content Warning List:

-Homophobia and forced outing (forced outing isn't on page/occurs prior to story).
-Mention of/alluding to conversion therapy.
Ashley Daviau
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely amazing! I mean queer witches, serial killers and Ireland, that’s one hell of a great combo in my books and screams READ ME to me. I was instantly hooked from the beginning, I mean how could I not be considering the subject matter, it’s like it was written with me in mind! I love that it features queer witches, it’s so refreshing to see featured more and more and especially in a YA novel, I think that’s really important. I really loved how snarky and sassy and dark the ch ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
For some reason I'm not connecting with this like I thought I would. I think sadly, this just isn't the read for me. I do love the witches and Celtic lore though, which is why I first picked it up.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bisexual, sapphic, poc
review on my blog

"Dayna was the only thing that made any of this bullshit worth it."

So many people added this because I gave this 5 stars when I finished it (and was inarguably on a high after finishing such an intense book), but I decided to lower my rating after a few days of ruminating. First of all, I literally DESPISE the people saying "you never give anything 5 stars, so I added this because of you!" You literally do nothing but make me feel like shit. Also, most of the time I love
alana ♡
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

Here for the bisexual witches, the fast paced plot, and anxiety rep but I need more world-building and answers. The only reason I knew this book took place in Ireland was from the synopsis and just the thought of the missed opportunity on how atmospheric this could have been is truly TRAGIC.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy
Dayna Walsh is an Irish teenager with a lot going on. She's a witch, a real one that can do spells, and is part of a local coven. She's also recently been outed as bisexual to her entire school and family. On top of all that, her father is an evangelical semi-Christian cult leader whose strict rules and odd behavior has Dayna fleeing every chance she can get.

Then another witch is murdered in a disturbingly ritualistic way, Dayna's long-lost mother returns, another coven arrives in town which inc
This book totally did not work for me, despite having all these great elements: witches, gods, witch killers, Celtic myths, main character who’s bisexual, has family issues and has anxiety-induced OCD.
The book started out all right, and a short way in I realized I didn’t care about any of the characters, whether main or supporting, and the antagonists were just dull. In fact, a lot of this book was dull and overwritten. I started skimming, a sentence here, a sentence there, about 30% of the way
May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
You know, I just clicked on this to make fun of the typical YA book title, but then you had me at “ancient Irish gods.”
Lady H
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I am always on the lookout for a witchy book that will give me similar vibe to Cate Tiernan's Sweep series, which is one of my all-time favorite series, and one I grew up with; I am constantly chasing the feelings it inspired in me. This book came quite close to mimicking those feelings! The witchy vibes are on-point; this is a truly atmospheric book, with so many little witchcraft details woven through. There's also gods, Irish mythology, lots of violence, murders, abusive guardians, f/f relati ...more
Mar 10, 2020 added it
Dnf'ed at pg 59

Maybe it was me but it kinda felt like I had been thrown into the middle of the book instead of at the beginning.

I ended up DNF'ing "Witches of Ruin and Ash" because I felt like I was missing a part of the book. I mean, the beginning of the book felt very abrupt/rushed to me, it would have been cool to have been eased a bit more onto the story, and have had more info about the world, the characters, etc.

I ended up feeling like I was missing a lot of background and then the relati
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-sapphic
That ending??? Uh spare sequel please??
Jennie Damron
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
My husband bought me this book for Christmas and I so hoped I would like it. I enjoyed this book so much. I love that the story takes place in Ireland and that Celtic gods are a part of the plot. Anything that has to do with witches, magic/dark magic, through in a serial killer mystery and I am sold.
The characters were wonderful and I liked all of them, yes even the evil ones. The plot was solid and I loved how fast paced the story flowed. I am so glad I read this book and would highly recommen
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


E. Latimer's Witches of Ash and Ruin tells the tale of 17-year old Dayna Walsh and those around her as a serial killer enters her peaceful small town of Carman, Ireland and creates chaos. Dayna is a witch and so is her friend Reagan who apparently has two mothers. Dayna is the daughter of a local reverend. She recently ended a relationship with Samuel after her sexuality was forcibly outed. On top of that, her absent mother Fio
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Fantastic Flying Fiction Book Club, NetGalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Witches Of Ash And Ruin
By: E. Latimer

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
Welcome to the small Irish town of Carman. In Witches Of Ash And Ruin, set in this unassuming place, Celtic lore, unknown dangers and revelatory truths combine, creating a complex dynamic tale.
History repeats when someone replicates the serial killer once
actual rating: 2.5

This sounded like a really good idea but unfortunately I don't feel like any part of it was executed very well. Was it supposed to be a romance book? Because there is attraction between the two main characters but it isn't developed very much at all, to the point where their kiss even feels a bit out of nowhere when it happens. Was it supposed to be a mystery? Because by giving the killer a POV we pretty much know exactly how everything is going right from the beginning. Yeah t
Fabienne Schwizer
Murrrrderrrr. Murder most foul in quaint Ireland. I love myself a good murder mystery, and especially one that involves magic and rituals. The premise of a serial killer reappearing after years intrigued me from the start, and was well executed into its details – E. Latimer went into a lot of nuance to craft things quite right and avoid potential loopholes! This is interwoven with Celtic legend, which made my medievalist heart very happy. It is not so mythology heavy to weigh down the book for t ...more
Megan (Under the Book Cover)
WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK OMG. This is one of my favorite reads of 2020 and one of my new favorite books of all-time! ...more
Tracy Frenette
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Witches and Gods and a serial killer or two or maybe three. Lots of action..this will be a favorite of mine this year I'm sure. ...more
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Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia

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An overlooked sapphic debut that had a lot to offer for fans of Charmed and Supernatural, alas I hated the perspectives and couldn't bother to care about the story.
Celia McMahon
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the arc.

With a cover and a title like this, what can go wrong?

A lot.

Five POVs. Subpar twists. Way too much happening for me to focus on one thing at a time. I felt like my brain was knocking around in there and I couldn't get focused. Nothing truly shocking happens since everything is sort of upfront and in your face. I did not feel connected to the characters or the story. There was so much anger and so much confusion in the characters that in the tiny bits of breaks
Patty (IheartYA311)
I'm a sucker for books about witches. I occassionally felt vibes of The Raven Boys due to the world building, characters and mystery. The story starts off slow, and I wish the first 3/4 of it had the same flow, tone and intensity as the end. I enjoyed the Ireland setting; it gave the story a realistic feel. I liked the characters, but as usual for me, I disliked the multiple POVs and it really impacted my opinion of the book. The romantic build up was interesting and sometimes suspenseful. Overa ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rep-lgbtqia
Now this was the witchy book of my dreams.

It blends modern witchcraft and Celtic mythology, it's quite dark and full of rage at times, it has a bisexual main character with OCD, a f/f romance I loved and characters I felt really close to because we share very similar reactions and emotions. I was so compelled by this story and couldn't put it down; I'll sure keep an eye out for what E. Latimer will write next!
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
wanted to like this but sadly, didn't. however, still enjoyed it and the concept.

trigger and content warnings: OCD, self- harm, homophobia, abuse, mentions of rape, outed, panic attacks, anxiety

full review with spoilers:

there were a lot of things that happened instantly. from the first chapter, the tone for the setting already alludes that something sinister and dangerous is going to happen. also, we get to know the main players within the first few chapters. i wasn’t expecting multiple point of
Jan 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: releases-2020
I’m flipping my shit over every detail in the description for this book.

Witches? OCD rep? Bisexual rep? Stuff and stuff and stuff? I don’t remember it all bc I got too excited but OML i need this in my life.
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E. Latimer is the author of The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray and Witches of Ash and Ruin.

Her third book, Escape to Witch City, comes out from Tundra Books August 2021.

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