'The Once and Future Witches is a gorgeous and thrilling paean to the ferocious power of women' Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer
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 three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten 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 must 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.
Praise for The Once and Future Witches:
'A brilliant dazzle of a book . . . I devoured it in enormous gulps, and utterly loved it' Kat Howard, author of The Unkindness of Ghosts
'Compelling, exhilarating and magical - a must read' Booklist (starred review)
'Delightful . . . a tale of women's battle for equality, of fairy tales twisted into wonderfully witchy spells, of magics both large and small, and history re-imagined' Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
'A love letter to folklore and the rebellious women of history' Publishers Weekly
'A breathtaking book - brilliant and raw and dark and complicated' Sarah Gailey, author of Magic for Liars
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We could all use a little more magic these days, and Alix E. Harrow’s exciting romp conjures just the right spirits. In the author’s fantastical take on the year 1893, magic has been outlawed and three witchy sisters—brainy Bella, resilient Agnes, and wild child Juniper—are forced to keep their spell making secret. With an election looming and the suffragette movement growing, the siblings must rediscover ancient mystical abilities in order to ensure women’s power in the future. Told with vividly colourful language, The Once and Future Witches revels in the wonder of fairy tales, even beginning with the classic line “Once upon a time.” Harrow teases out compelling themes of duty, family, and romance and throws in enough subtext about feminism, class, and discrimination to make the 19th century feel pretty darn relevant. This feminist fable offers a perfect blend of history, politics and the #MeToo movement.