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 pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
This book is the kind of story that feeds souls.
Stories within stories, deeper meanings woven into every sentence, themes of broken people doing what they can to make the world a better place. I adored every word of this book.
Alix E Harrow is a master of words, and has soared to the top of my favorite authors. I fell so deep into this story, much like The Ten Thousand Doors of January. When I tried to come up for air, the fables and workings of witch ways followed me. The heartbreak, the battles, the inevitable failures and the triumphs. All worth the pain of a lingering book drunk I doubt I’ll shed for a while.
The cast of characters were mothers, sisters, friends and family that I knew. Every person was built raw and relatable. Grey morality. Relatable antagonists. I can’t gush enough about how well crafted this story is.
You must read this book if you love character stories, that have much more whimsy than your average. Stories that inspire, and comfort. If you loved The Starless Sea you will also love this author.
Note: LGBT characters written flawlessly.