The Once and Future Witches
But when the Eastwood sisters--James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna--join the suffragists of New Sa ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
fulfilling book riot's 2020 read harder challenge task: #16 Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman
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 ...more
… 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 ...more
“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 ...more
“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 ...more
-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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If I was going to use one word to described this book, it would be "bloated."
For others, another word could be "over-hyped", but this book couldn't be over-hyped for me. I have read (& loved) some of Ms Harrow's short stories - in particular the magical A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies which I read here This story completely enchanted me & I was excited to reading Harrow in a longer format.
Unfortunately The Once and Future Witches underwhelmed me.
I do fr ...more
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
*THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL???
*unexpectedly badass librarians!
*really dang powerful depictions of birth and motherhood
*GORGEOUS PROSE IT ...more
Why yes, that sounds great!
And indeed, the writing itself is beautiful and immersive, and engaging, especially at the point where the women's suffrage movement meets a nascent coven. I loved how the earlier dark Salem history dovetailed at dozens of points with the New Salem history, how dire so many of these stories were. After all, the real witch hunts were WITCH HUNTS.
And let's face it, that's what we've got to work with here among a larger backdrop ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more