ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S BEST YA OF THE DECADE NEW YORK TIMES bestseller
Brand new edition of Victoria Schwab's long out-of-print, stunning debut.
All-new deluxe edition of an out-of-print gem, containing in-universe short story "The Ash-Born Boy" and a never-before-seen introduction from V.E. Schwab.
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
V.E. Schwab’s dark and fantastical novel proves that some themes—like witches, badass heroines, and clandestine romances—are timeless. When children start to go missing in a conventional little town called Near, rebellious teen Lexi is determined to help track them down. The townsfolk are quick to blame a mysterious newcomer, but Lexi senses his innocence and…something else. We honestly don’t know what’s more hair-raising: the chilling legend of the Near Witch, or Lexi’s budding relationship with a handsome and seductive stranger named Cole. And while meeting a supernatural cutie is nearly every teen’s fantasy, Lexi’s unwavering self-confidence is what we loved most about her story. With an intro from Schwab herself and a bonus short story that reveals Cole’s origins, this YA fantasy is the perfect mix of love, mystery, and magic.