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The Year of the Witching

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophets word is law, Immanuelle Moores very existence is blasphemy. Her mothers union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 21st 2020 by Ace
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S.A. Chakraborty
I tore through this book in a single day. It's the exact kind of witchy tale I've been looking for. The kind of achingly tense, terrifying atmosphere you get in horror with the "tear it all down" politics of today's best fantasy. Highly recommend!
Alexis Henderson
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean...I think it's pretty good. :)
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
This sounds a lot like THE GRACE YEAR... but I hope it's better than THE GRACE YEAR
Rena Barron
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything! My review to come. :-)
The Artisan Geek
Dec 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
You all! 2020 is going to be MY Year of Witching! Me flying into the new year:

Heck yeah! There are so many dark fantasies coming out soon, it's wild. I don't know, I just feel blessed!

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Julia ✨
2020 is finally the year of the witches again. but not the sweet, nice witches we all saw in charmed or the original sabrina. oh, no, no. sinister darkly seductive blood-drenched feminist kind of witches. July is still far away, but can we like, TALK about it
Jessica B.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
*early work perk read*

Really really enjoyed this one. It was like a YA coming-of-power story, plus creeptacular witch lore, with patriarchy smashing, and a hint of a love story, all set in a The Village-esque super-religious society. There were a lot of moving parts that ultimately came together in an action-packed climactic end but at the same time raised questions of moral relativity, leadership, and sacrifice.

Definitely an author I'll keep my eye on.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its good, guys. Just trust me on this. ...more
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
Its been a long time since I have read a good witch story, a really really good witch story that captures and enthralls me from beginning to end, and I must say The Year of The Witching is that witch story. It opens as a young girl in childbirth lies bleeding on her own mothers kitchen table; before she dies the baby is named Immanuelle, just as she had been told by the woman in the woods. The witch. The Beast.

Set in the puritanical village of Bethel, ruled by a patriarchal religious dynasty
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book is fantastic! I love a good witch story like the next person and this one is definitely going on my favorites list.

Set in a world reminiscent of Puritan America, but so much darker, the story follows Immanuelle whose life is defined by her late mother's actions. This leaves her in a life of isolation where she seeks solace in the quiet moments as a shepherdess, but yearns for answers to why her mother did what she did. A chance encounter leads her to her mother's journal filled with

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Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Won an ARC from Penguin Random House for a comic con book club session.
I really enjoyed this YA occult horror novel and thought it brought a lot of interesting things into the mix. First, you have a highly religious and patriarchal Village-esque town cut off from the rest of human civilization and surrounded by cursed woods. Second, you have a magic system based on witchcraft, curses, and gods of light and darkness. Third, the religion takes a lot of inspiration from early Christian puritanical
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
My second horror of the year and I liked it a lot. Really well written.
Miranda N.  Benson
Ill write a long review at some point, but for now, Ill just say: THIS BOOK KILLED ME IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE, I CANT WAIT TO READ IT FIFTY MORE TIMES ...more
Becky Spratford
Mar 30, 2020 is currently reading it
Reading for Review in June 2020 issue of Library Journal
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Already know its gonna knock my socks off. Already prepped for the chills. ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
L. D.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by the Witch? I need this book now!
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
*Spoiler free*

When I saw the cover for this book, I knew I wanted to know more. It looked dark and witchey, and that's right up my alley. Plus, I'd seen a whole lot of gushing online about good it was and how the horror elements were extremely well done. So, I was very much looking forward to reading it! Trigger warnings: blood, gore, sexual assault, body horror

This book is bloody. And brutal and horrifying. While I did enjoy reading it, there were some things that I didn't quite love.

First off,
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I'd like to thank Berkley, part of Penguin Random House, for supplying this ARC.

It was a pretty good book, with a lot of good things to say about patriarchal societies and how they suppress women and girls, but I felt there were some serious loose ends.

Immanuelle, the protagonist, has a best and only friend, Leah. Leah has a baby. (I'm trying hard not to give away spoilers.) Immanuelle is very concerned with this baby. When she is looking for her friend, Ezra, Ezra's mother says he's in the
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Initial thoughts upon finishing this lovely ARC, that was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a review & discussion, is wow.

This mini review as I collect my thoughts before sharing a full review, is my own opinion. Its interesting to me to think of a book as witchy, dark, bloody, and full of oppression as lovely but it really was a lovely book. The story centers around a young woman, Immanuelle. Raised in a puritanical cult like town, she struggles to come to her own and possibly
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A compelling commentary on racial and gender struggles set in a witch trial-based society. While trying to work out the cause of the plagues in her town, the main character confronts her society's biases in an organic matter, and achieves some nice character development.
I do wish the main character's relationships with friends, family, and the love interest were more fleshed out, but I can see a narrative reason why she'd have overall superficial connections to others due to her place in
Alexis Stankewitz
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
First of all, I really love this cover! Second, I'm not really into horror, but cults are kinda my thing, so when I saw The Year of The Witching, I was like "signed me up!" This was creepy and spooky
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Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of Americas most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life-long love of ghost stories. When she doesnt have her nose buried in a book, you can find her painting or watching horror movies with her feline familiar. Currently, Alexis resides in ...more

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