3 Witchy Books to Read Right Now
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
The crisp fall air, leaves changing colors, and pumpkin spice everything mean that I’m in the mood for some supernatural reads. And I hope you’re craving some too because I have three new witchy books to put you in a spooky state of mind. So get cozy, grab a cup of something warm and spicy, and read on!
The first of my witchy books: The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow.
Written with the same lyrical and atmospheric style, this historical fantasy takes place in New Salem in the late 19th century. Witchcraft is forbidden. Women’s dresses don’t have pockets – else they might hide the workings for spells. The Suffragette Movement is trying to get a voice with the mayor and council of New Salem.
The three Eastwood sisters haven’t been in contact for several years. Not realizing they’re all together again in the city, the sisters become tied together by their witchcraft as the maiden, mother, and crone. Bringing back witchcraft to New Salem is a daunting task – one that could restore women’s place in society. Or get them all burnt at the stake.
Why I enjoyed this witchy pick:
- It tackled serious topics – women’s rights, black rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
- Each chapter is written from a different sister’s POV. Each one has a distinct and beautifully written voice.
- So much emotion – that ending!
The second of my witchy books: Midnight Bargain by CL Polk.
This charming fantasy of manners marries an alternate Regency England with a world where some people are born with the ability to use magic.
Beatrice’s family is pinning their hopes upon her having a successful Bargaining Season. They need her to land a wealthy husband to save the family because her father’s poor investment choices have left the family with few options and fewer allies.
But marriage means giving up magic. A sorceress wears a warding collar until the day she reaches menopause. Because practicing magic while pregnant could allow the unborn child to become possessed. And Beatrice wants to practice magic, even the magics forbidden to women.
Why I enjoyed this witchy pick:
- Full of Regency romance details about clothing, food, and balls, even down to calling cards. The magic system intrigued me without being convoluted.
- Beatrice was a delight with her determination to follow her dreams, to do the right thing, even when it was heartbreaking. Her younger sister, Harriet, was fiery fun.
- Ianthe was the perfect Regency hero – gorgeous, wealthy, and loving. His sister, Ysabeta was so bold and determined.
The last of my witchy books: The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson.
From Goodreads: In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.
But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits still lurk there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother. Immanuelle is shocked to learn her mother once sought sanctuary in the wood.
Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
This witchy pick also deals with women’s rights and their place in society, faith and family.