The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow

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The Once and Future Witches is built on and around nursery rhymes, which are anything but. The year is 1893, and as The Eastwood sisters come together again after a long separation, they find the strength they didn’t have growing up. Suffragettes with a twist, how perfect! I feel like some reviewers are over reviewing this with impossibly long book report style reviews, so I will keep it relatively short and sweet.

Harrow takes on women’s rights, she shows us what the bonds of sisterhood should be among women, how we should lift each other up instead of tearing each other down, and how we are stronger together. She shows us the power of the written word and the power of oral history. The characters are inclusive with a very diverse cast. The sisters each have unique personalities and talents, and I related to each of them in various parts throughout the book.

This novel took me longer than normal to read. But as a fan of Harrow’s, I know the pain of finishing one of her books too fast, and so I savored what I read. I somehow even kept a slower pace during the tense sections, which was almost impossible. Including stories around the main storyline added a cherry on top of this already delicious treat. An excellent and powerful read. Thank you Redhook Books for sending this along.

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The Once and Future Witches is available for preorder on Amazon for $14.99, it releases October 13th.

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