Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Review: The Once and Future Witches

The Once and Future Witches The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The end of the nineteenth century and there is no such thing as witches.

It's an alternate history, one where witches are real, except they have been persecuted and killed and they are no more.

Or... are they no more?

Three sisters, the Eastwood Sisters, once close, in a family, well, here is the description of their father: "Our daddy never taught us shit, except what a fox teaches chickens - how to run, how to tremble, how to outlive the bastard - "

Three sisters, once close, now on separate paths. One works in a factory. Another has just fled the family farm and is now joining the suffragettes. A third works in a library. Their paths are about to cross again.

I loved this: I loved the alternate history of witches, and how witches and power and magic could not be totally destroyed. I loved how the three sisters, with others, sought to rediscover their legacy and the world's legacy. I loved the world-building, and the mythology.

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