The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Hello, guys!
Y’all know I’m always down for a good about witches, so you can imagine my excitement when The Once and Future Witches showed up in a subscription box a while ago. Let’s hope it holds up to all my expectations!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

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.

The Rating:

Oh, I love love loved this book.
I fulfilled every single one of my expectations and more. You can tell how excited I am! Honestly, The Once and Future Witches gave me everything I wanted and more!

We get three brilliant main characters. They are sister and while they share blood, they are as different as possible. Harrow did an amazing job creating these three ladies, each one kickass and outstanding in her own right. You’ll be able to relate to every single one of them in one way or another. You’ll come to appreciate all three of them for different things, and all I can say is that Harrow 100% nailed it.
On a little side note: I absolutely loved the concept of those women having basically two given names, the second one chosen by their mother that is related to something in nature. It’s witchy in this perfect way wher the author understood the underlying vibe without being super in your face about it!

But enough about James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna for now. This is not just a story about witches. Harrow managed to intertwined this particular type of prosecution with the rise of the suffragists’ movement. I didn’t know that I need a book like this in my life but I couldn’t be happier about it.

These two important bits of history intertwined just perfectly. After all, both are about women’s rights. A story like this could turn out rather dry, however, The Once and Future Witches is anything but. It’s exciting, it’s surprising, it’s thrilling. There are a great many plot-twists you didn’t see come. There are some you were hoping for. There are some you were dreading. In short, this book simply has everything.

I fully understand why some people wouldn’t enjoy The Once and Future Witches. This novel is over 500 pages long and some might not care to read this much about witches and suffragists. But for me, this ticked just about all the boxes, including some boxes I didn’t even know I wanted to have ticked. This was hell of a ride from first to last page and tremendously enjoyed every single one of them!

Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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3 thoughts on “The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

  1. I love witches znd suffragists. But O am afraid to read that one as The Ten Thousand Doors didn’t work for me. There was too many depictions and little dialogs and that made for a slow read. Is it the same here?


    • Oh, I haven’t read that one!
      Maybe the book could have been a tad shorter but overall I think the pacing was quite good. I can’t recall anything like you mentioned sticking out and annoying me 🙂


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