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Harriet Bishop, descended from a long line of witches, uses magic to help women in need -- not only ordinary women, but also those with powers of their own. She must intervene when a distant cousin wields dangerous magic to change the lives of two unsuspecting young people... one of whom might just be a witch herself.

Frances Allington has used her wiles and witchcraft to c
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Redhook
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Ash
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of A Secret History of Witches
DNF ~25%.

I read Louisa Morgan’s first book, A Secret History of Witches. It wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed it enough that when I saw The Age of Witches on NetGalley, I thought it might at least be worth a read. I went in expecting more of what I got from Secret History: a story that centers female characters and female relationships, a charming writing style, a lackluster plot, and a hint of magic.

The Age of Witches had all those things. The narration alternated between four characters
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 stars

The Age of Witches, a story sweet and gentle, not what I expected.

Blame the bloodthirsty/goth short story collections I read before this title, but I expected a bang with this book. As one of my more anticipated novels this year, it let me down gently, only to envelop me with its tendrils (or witchcraft) to fall for the warmhearted plot.

With that said, the main character in the novel, young Annis, is anything but easy pickings. It's the year 1890 in NY, and the 17-year-old Annis lives w
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Amanda Hupe
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads, netgalley
Thank you, Louisa Morgan, NetGalley, and Redhook books for the opportunity to read this book!

It is official. I will read anything that Louisa Morgan pens. The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan is her third book and I hope there are many more. This book takes place in 1890 and introduces Harriet Bishop. Harriet is a descendant of Bridget Bishop of Salem. Harriet has “the knowing” and a very accomplished herbalist. She believes in helping people. Her distant cousin, Frances has used dark magic to wo
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Judy
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written tale of witches in Gilded Age New York. Harriet and Frances are both descendants of Bridget Bishop, who was hanged a century before. Harriet practices herbal magic while Frances practices a darker type of magic. Harriet is a healer and uses her magic wisely, while her cousin Frances uses her magic to get what she wants - a husband who has money and now she wants her step-daughter, Annis, to marry a man with a title to place her in a position to join the elite 400 in New Yor ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/28/...

The Age of Witches is the third of Louisa Morgan’s historical supernatural standalone novels about witches, and once more we are treated to a journey of incredible depth and magic led by strong female characters. In this one, readers are spirited away to the late 1800s where seventeen-year-old protagonist Annis lives in New York with her wealthy father and stepmother. But while other upper-class girls her age are concernin
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Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
There are some books that make their intentions very obvious from the get go. LIKE this character. HERE is the history of our world. THIS is what you should feel. And all that does is make reading feel like a chore, like I'm being lectured or told what to do.

And then there are some books like The Age of Witches that are so beautifully crafted they make reading an immersive experience that is almost effortless. There is no denying that this is expertly written. Louisa Morgan has this phenomenal a
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Aoife
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Harriet Bishop is born from a long line of witches, and now practices her art of magic as a herbalist in New York City in 1890. Harriet has no children, and is keeping an eye on her great-niece Annis, who doesn't know Harriet exists for signs of power. But Annis is under the control of her stepmother Frances who practices a much darker kind of magic and has plans to use Annis for her own selfish nee
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Gilded age? WITCHES?

OMG I NEED THIS
Lizz (Beer, Books and Boos)
I really wanted to like this book because I loved the concept was great. I love stories about powerful women and witches. This was just very slow to me and it was hard to keep my interest going. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters and I really didn't care what happened to them.

Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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Yogaa Lakshmi
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, the cover is very appealing and appropriate for the story. The language is easy to under unlike most of the historical fiction novels. Life during of the different sections of the society during the Gilded age in New York has been elegantly described in the novel.
The story is interesting and alluring, told through four different perspective- Harriet, Annis, Frances and James.
A witch named Bridget Bishop was hanged 200 years ago in Salem. Her two lines of legacy through her two dau
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Stefani
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
This book started as a 4-star book, then dropped to a 2-star book and finally by the end is an “it was fine” 3-star. The writing of this book was lovely. I found myself entranced by the prose and would look up to find that several hours had passed. Just last night I was so enthralled with the plot and the writing that I stayed awake reading until 2 a.m. It’s not surprising that the book only took me 3 days to finish.

I love books about witches, probably because I am one. I love books that explor
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Kirsty
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, netgalley
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

You can watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVKG...

This novel follows a family of witches who each practice magic and different types of magic to various degrees, and who use it for both good and bad. The main story focuses on a young woman named Annis, whose stepmother Frances is obsessed with using darker magic in order to better her own position. While the reader gets to read from both of th
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF'd @ 25%


The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan has so much potential and the concept is quite intriguing. Unfortunately, it ended up not being for me because it's so darn slow. As of a quarter of the way through this 448 page novel, next to nothing at all happens. While the writing itself is beautiful, I simply ended up losing interest. Thanks anyway, NetGalley.
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Tammy
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty:  History, witchcraft and romance collide in Louisa Morgan's beautifully written story about a secret family lineage.

I’m a big fan of Louisa Morgan’s “witch” books, and it’s a given that I’ll read every one she writes. The Age of Witches is another winner, with a wonderfully immersive story and solid writing. I fell into t
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Ron
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good period piece - 1890's. Fast read. ...more
Jordan
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

This is the third book I've read from Louisa Morgan and, much like the previous two books, it immediately enveloped me with an enchanting story of witches and intrigue. Morgan has proven to be a consistent writer who always delivers stories that combine strong characters with an engaging magic and a compelling narrative.

The Age of Witches was such a comforting book to fall into during these uncertain times, and since I just read this at the end of M
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Anne Monteith
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free digital ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest, unbiased review. I sincerely thank Netgalley, author and/or publisher for giving me this opportunity.

This is a story of three generations of witches and two different types of magic. They are all descended from Bridget Bishop who was executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Era. Furious at her fate, she vowed to watch over her descendants and through them punish all men who think they can control women.

A century late
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WS_BOOKCLUB
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Thank you to Orbit Books and Angela Man for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book will be available on April seventh, 2020.

Reading this book, I found myself in a “it’s not you, it’s me” situation. It was well written, but I just really didn’t care for it. Possibly, it was because the book didn’t seem to match its blurb. When I read the description, I expected a lot more action than there is in the book. I guess I failed t
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Monika
Two magical families that have century long power struggle. One young witch, Annis who is torn between love & loyalty. This book is everything you’d expect in a witchy novel + a heroine centred story. Its got everything - romance, magic, mayhem and action. Some parts moved slow for me but I’m glad this book got me out of the reading slump!

4/5

Thank you Netgalley, Redhook books and Louisa Morgan for the ARC. This review is my own and is not influenced in anyway!
Traveling Cloak
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I had some trepidation about reading this book, at first. Was a late-19th Century Period Piece about Witches for me? Author Louisa Morgan answered my question right away and put my mind at ease with her writing. More than just being “worth reading”, The Age of Witches is a fantastic book.

I mentioned the idea that it is set in the late-19th Century, and that can be a source of uneasiness for me at times. Books that are set 100+ years ago do not always hold my interest, oftentimes being
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Kelly
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
The Age of Witches is a book I put down shortly after reading 20%, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I wasn't completely invested in the story. However, I already could see it had promise but I tend to put down books easily and get back to it later on. As soon as I started reading it again, the romance aspect of this book was introduced and I was hooked! I loved the story and the romance kept me interested. Overall, I'm so glad I finished it. My only regret is to be late since I read ...more
Rebecca
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the perfect book for me. It had everything in that I love: strong female characters (especially in a time period when they were expected to be seen and not heard), historical setting (Victorian London & New York), witches, magical realism and a happy but realistic ending.

It was un-put-downable and very easy to read. It is written beautifully. The characters are likeable and realistic with flaws. Their magic is natural and developed into the more enchanted. Harriet is a herbalist, France
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Ann
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very entertained. It was an easy read and in fact felt a bit YA to me, but it suited my mood so I didn't mind. All the horsey details were fun! ...more
Ally
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Oh my witchy goodness!

The Age of Witches is a neat little tale about three witches in 1890 New York City. Everyone's mother is dead, this has created some T-R-A-U-M-A and each witch deals with it a bit differently. It's a classic tale of good vs. evil but with its own spin. We get some familial drama, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of MAGICK.

I truly loved this book. The main female characters were interesting and you felt for each and every one of them. Kindness and justice are a huge
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Leslie
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
This is a story of a young woman and her first excursions into magic and the effect it has on her life and those around her. There are strong female characters and close relationships.
K.S. Marsden
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Bishop women have the gift of magic. Power at a time when women were powerless in a society run by men.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The narrative is shared by four characters.
Annis is at the centre of the story. She doesn't know about her Bishop heritage from her deceased mother.
She is born to a wealthy family, but does not wish to follow the expected behaviour and life of a young lady. She is headstrong, and wants nothing more than freedom and indep
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Theresa Smith
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such an enjoyable novel. It had all of my favourite ingredients: historical fiction set in the Victorian era, witchcraft, botany/herbology, the bond that can exist between humans and horses, strong female characters, issues of female agency, and a love story without the romance. Absolutely ideal! I was initially drawn to this novel by the cover (isn’t it divine?) but I am pleased to say that the story itself more than lives up to its adornment.

‘Witch should be a beautiful word, signifyi
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Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an interesting book! This was my first book by this author but I found myself looking into her other books to read after I finished this one ! Bridget Bishop was hanged in 1692 in Salem she was accused of being a witch. Bridget Furious with her fate vowed to watch over descendants and punish any man who think they can control women. Now less than two hundred years late we follow Harriet and Frances two descendants of Bridget Bishop. Frances practices a darker magic while Harriet practices h ...more
Reading With Tea
The Age of Witches

4.5 Stars

This was a very compelling storyline with an interesting magic system and family history or lineage behind the magic.

The spell casting is a prominent part of the plot line, and it makes for a very witchy read. The romance picks up remarkably around halfway through, but it has a dubious start, at best. As far as romances go, I think it ended alright but it’s beginning makes it hard to support and overall isn’t one of my favorites witchy romances (see The Winter Witch
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Danique van Dijk
I'm sorry, but I really didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted. It all felt really, really slow paced to me. I loved the relationship between the three women, and I kinda liked Frances (view spoiler). The others weren't great imo, especially Annis, she felt like the standard rich girl idk. I did like her relationship with the horses, but I just wasn't as interested as I wanted.
I loved the feminist touch, which honestly made it a little better.
Just b
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