The Once and Future Witches

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Alix E. Harrow
Feb 9, 2021

In 1893, witch trials are rampant, especially in the town of New Salem.  Juniper, Agnes, and Bella are three sisters bound together by magic after years of separation.  While having to work through buried conflicts with themselves and each other, these sisters realize how magic and witchcraft are on the brink of extinction.  Together, these sisters work with witches in the town of New Salem to combat the misogyny and anti-witch attitudes that dominate New Salem society, all the while learning the value of their own witching abilities and womanhood.

The most compelling aspect of the book was how much detail was included while describing the environments, people, and situations; it became easy to imagine oneself in the same situation, and the events that occurred aligned with those of New Salem during such witch trials.  Even though the book does serve to empower females, the feminist themes were too overt; one was constantly reminded of the feminist themes and ideas as characters made decisions or talked amongst themselves. I would recommend this book to someone interested in learning about the female perspective during the witch trials or any era of dominant misogyny.

The cover is nice, because it contains flowers, a crow, and a white background of golden stars.  The cover reflects the contents of the book, because the items on the cover relate to witchcraft; also, one gets the sense that the story will be intricately-written, which is the case.

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