In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow's powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement.
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.
An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, sapphic love, motherhood, and women's suffrage--the lost ways are calling.
For more from Alix E. Harrow, check out The Ten Thousand Doors of January.
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 colorful 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.