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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 Sa
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Hardcover, First, 516 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Orbit
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chai ♡
You had me at WITCHES and ALIX E. HARROW.
 Teodora
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

3/5 ⭐

I honestly, HONESTLY wished I could give this book more stars but I simply couldn't.
This is an unpopular opinion, but it's my personal experience with it so I'll just say it as it is.

I was very excited when I got this, I was sure that this is going to be such a great read for me and, in the beginning, it actually was, I was still pretty excited. But after about 1/4 of the book, I felt
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jessica
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘she thinks of the ways people make for themselves when there are none, the impossible things they render possible.’

this is a really lovely tale. there is such an elegant quality to the storytelling and characters that really benefits the messages of empowerment this book holds.

the writing is probably the storys greatest strength. its really quite exquisite. it feels traditional, but approachable. vivid, yet grounded. it showcases the sisterly bond between witches in a tone that is lighter t
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I think I can write millions of times the same word over and over again! I loved it so much! I loved it so much! I loved it so much! I loved it so much! I loved it so much! I loved it so much! I loved it so much!

Okay! That’s enough! Mesmerizing, earth shattering world building, well-crafted, fantastic characters, unputdownable magical, witchy world you never want to leave : a great waltz of fantasy, historical fiction and romance!

Hollywood producers who are looking for great st
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Paromjit
Alix E Harrow replicates the wondrous magic of The Ten Thousand Doors of January which I adored, in this character driven feminist adventure story in this fierce and beautiful homage to the power of women in all their forms, including the three female archetypes represented by the Eastwood sisters, the mother, the maiden and the crone. It is a time where the power of the history of witches and witchcraft has been diminished to virtually nothing, existing only in the below the radar voices and rh ...more
Petrik
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

Similar to The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Once and Future Witches will be a big hit among many readers.


Not even a year has passed since its first publication, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January already has 33.3k ratings and 6.7k reviews on Goodreads. For those who don’t pay attention to how the number of Goodreads rating/reviews counts to the popularity and general reception of a specific book, believe me
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karen
oooh, goodreads choice awards finalist for best fantasy 2020! what will happen?

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fulfilling book riot's 2020 read harder challenge task: #16 Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman



HAPPY SPOOKTOBER!

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okay, so this was a bit of a cheat on my part. i knew going into it that this wasn’t going to be the most spooktobery of spooktober reads, but my whole deal of “only reading horr
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Emma
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
‘Proper witching is just a conversation with that red heartbeat, which only ever takes three things: the will to listen to it, the words to speak with it, and the way to let it into the world. The will, the words, and the way.

… everything important comes in threes.’


'Once upon a time there were three sisters…’ Three Eastwood sisters, to be precise. Agnes, Bella, and James Juniper. They live in a world where magic and power were female, once. Now it is all hushed words passed from mother to daugh
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Nataliya
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
“Juniper holds up a hand. “You’re here because you want more for yourselves, better for your daughters. Because it’s easy to ignore a woman.” Juniper’s lips twist in a feral smile. “But a hell of a lot harder to ignore a witch.”

By all accounts this book was supposed to be perfect for me. A feminist gritty fantasy about witches and suffragettes, with plot not hinging on love stories but actual human rights causes, with fairytales inspiring plot points and evocative poetic language. Not to men
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Fran
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Magic is the distance between what a person has and what they need...the thing that fills the slim gap between the possible and impossible, that makes a way when there isn't one".
-Alix E. Harrow

"...proper witching...only ever takes three things: the will to listen to it, the words to speak with it, and the way to let it into the world. The will, the words, and the way". "Everything important comes in threes".

Home was 23 acres on the west side of the Big Sandy River in Crow County. "Home was her
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Hamad
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“It’s a risk just to be a woman, in my experience. No matter how healthy or hardworking she is.”


I loved this more than The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I think this may a bit unpopular when this book comes out. But a story about 3 witches who tend to be sisters, which is full of nursery rhymes and is a feminist story in essence! How could I not love that! Thanks for the publisher for providing me with a physical copy of the book in exch
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Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*Rated 4.5/5 stars!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book via NetGalley!

I knew I would enjoy this book, but I didn't predict just how much I would come to love it. When the suffragette movement inspires a witchy revolution in the town of New Salem, a whole host of characters are pulled into this web of words and will. Not only was it a story of witchcraft, but a story of sisterhood and wayward families. It was a story that proved how sheer willpower alone can make a
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jenny✨
10/13/2020: IT’S PUBLICATION DAY! 🥀

“Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have.” The kind I want, says the hungry shine of her eyes.

It’s a special kind of heartbreak when you want so badly to like a book more than you actually do; this is precisely what happened with me and The Once and Future Witches. I know that many readers will adore this story about suffragette
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Elle
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now a Goodreads Choice finalist in Fantasy!

You had me at suffragist witches. And after the brilliance that was Ten Thousand Doors of January, there was no way I wasn’t going to pick up Alix Harrow’s sophomore novel. I’ll bring the hemlock if you bring the thistleseed, ladies!!



Taking place at the tail end of the 19th century, we meet the Eastwood sisters: Beatrice, Agnes and James (or Belladonna, Amaranth and Juniper, if you prefer). After years separated, they find themselves drawn towards o
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
May 21, 2020 is currently reading it
GUESS WHAT JUST SHOWED UP ON MY DOORSTEP.

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I literally gasped with delight. I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I am so looking forward to reading Alix Harrow's next book! It comes out in October so getting it now is unbelievably cool.
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Phrynne
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2020
I was not sure whether the author could bring us another book as good as The Ten Thousand Doors of January but she does. The Once and Future Witches is quite different but just as totally captivating and beautifully written.

It is 1893 and the city of Salem no longer exists having been burned to the ground with the witches who lived there. New Salem is a city where not a hint of witchery is allowed yet this is where the three Eastwood sisters, James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth and Beatrice Belladonna
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Raquel Flockhart
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have.”

The Once and Future Witches is Alix E. Harrow’s sophomore novel, a tale of witches and sisterhood, a tale of women’s rights and magic. I had high hopes regarding this book even though I haven’t read yet the author’s debut, The Ten Thousand Doo

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Jen
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“One witch you can laugh at. Three you can burn. But what do you do with a hundred?”

This was a 4.5 ⭐ for me. I loved how Alix Harrow created a historical witch tale with a modern update yet at the same time left it feeling comfortably familiar. To clarify the genre, this is historical fiction about witches that doesn't draw parallels to Satan and demons. It takes place in 1893 when witching has been eradicated and focuses on three estranged sisters who accidentally or perhaps by fate, come toget
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Witchy as HELL! The Once and Future Witches was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and Alix E. Harrow absolutely, unequivocally, brought the magic.

I first picked up The Ten Thousand Doors of January earlier this year (2020) and loved it beyond description. In fact, that book now occupies a space on my favourites shelf. It is unsurprising then, that The Once and Future Witches was one of my most anticipated book releases of
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Emer (A Little Haze)
Last year I had the good fortune to receive an ARC of The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow and I absolutely adored it. I was charmed by the characters, the plot, the prose, everything. Therefore Harrow’s next novel, The Once and Future Witches, was immediately placed on my TBR and I was thrilled to once again get an ARC of it from NetGalley.

Sadly I had a very different reaction to this book and I’m rather disappointed because the majority of early reviews for The Once and Future
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Charlotte
“One witch you can laugh at. Three you can burn. But what do you do with a hundred?”

So What’s It About?

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 purs
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Sara
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🌜

The year is 1893, and there is no such thing as witches. At least not in this Salem, where the witches were burned by honest, Godly men, and witchings became a thing of fairy stories for children, forgotten. That is until three sisters, June, Agnes and Beatrice witness something magic and illegal. Forced to confront their own fractured relationships, while being hunted by the shadows of Salem, the three will realise that they're stronger together by
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Marzuqa
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5* Honestly, this started off so well! I was riveted for the first half of the book and was transported to a fairytale world. The poetic writing and magical world building was entrancing. I also loved the short fairy tales sprinkled through the novel.
I was loving it until it began to get a little tedious due to the extended prose and a lot of unwanted information. Towards the second half, I really had to try to stay focused on what was happening. Almost 30% of this book is superfluous in my op
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eriophora
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.

First up, I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. See below for my proper, formal, actually thoughtful write-up, but here's the quick 'n very casual pitch:

*VERY ANGRY FEMINIST SUFFRAGIST WITCHES
*seriously they're super angry and they are very justified in their anger, god damn
*sapphic pining!
*THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL???
*unexpectedly badass librarians!
*sisterly love!
*really dang powerful depictions of birth and motherhood
*GORGEOUS PROSE IT
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Boston
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Laura ☾
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Honestly, having loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January, this one disappointed me a bit! It was just missing that certain je-ne-sais-quoi, and somehow, while I liked the ideas of the characters, somehow they just didn't draw me in!

While the writing was definitely pretty and some of the ideas (the Sisters Grimm, the magic system, etc) were actually quite intriguing, it felt like narrative was a bit chaotic, and flip-flopped between being aimed different age groups. The pacing wasn't particularl
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
OMG HOW HAVE I NOT HEARD ABOUT THIS UNTIL NOW?????? I'M SO F*CKUVBDUYBDVING EXCITED ...more
Books with Brittany
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The ending made me round this up to a 3 ⭐️, but prob 2.75 still.
Book Barbarian  (Tammy Smith)
eARC provided by NetGalley , thank you to Little, Brown Book Group UK. All opinions are my own

I feel so disappointed.....with myself?...... but I found this book to be very, very boring. I don’t think this book was for me but with all the other rave reviews, it might be for you so don’t write it off just yet but I find it fascinating how we can all have such a different reading experience.

Sorry first and foremost for the unpopular opinion, many, many people have found this book to be amazin
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
There were once witches, and there will be witches again.

In 1893 (what is it with this year and literature??), there are no witches, but the three Eastwood sisters—broken apart and coming back together—are determined to make things better for womenkind. To regain the power that was lost, and the respect that had been buried down into the ground. But dark forces are afoot, and there are those who want to keep women weak and submissive...

Whew. Took until the 50% mark to get hooked, but hot damn wa
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a former academic, adjunct, cashier, and blueberry-harvester, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral kids.

ahe is the author of hugo-award-winning short fiction, and her debut novel, THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY (redhook/orbit 2019), was a finalist for the hugo, nebula, locus, world fantasy, and goodreads choice awards. her second boo
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