The Orphan Witch, Paige Crutcher

Persephone has spent 32 years trying to avoid eye contact, lest horrible things happen to the people that hold her gaze. It’s made her even more of an outsider than her childhood as an unwanted orphan did. When she reconnects with her friend, Hyacinth, on Wile Isle, she learns she’s incredibly special. So much so that she might have just found her place in this world that has always treated her like an outcast.

What an absolutely magical and delightful read The Orphan Witch is. Crutcher has written a fantastic fantasy with strong female characters, who, while sometimes prickly, support each other wholly. Wile Isle is richly descriptive, a home away from home. I loved watching Persephone explore the island, the various locations, and especially her abilities. The Orphan Witch is such a creative and engaging read that it’s impossible to put down. I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along!

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The Orphan Witch is available for preorder on Amazon for $10.99, it releases September 28th.

About the Book:

A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.

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