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Summary

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 three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten 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 must 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.

©2020 Alix E. Harrow (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A brilliant dazzle of a book...I devoured it in enormous gulps, and utterly loved it." (Kat Howard, author of The Unkindness of Ghosts)

"This is a delightful, satisfying novel, a tale of women's battle for equality, of fairy tales twisted into wonderfully witchy spells, of magics both large and small, and history re-imagined." (Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches)

"The Once and Future Witches is a gorgeous and thrilling paean to the ferocious power of women." (Laini Taylor, New York Times best-selling author)

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Just wonderful story and reading

I have been entranced for the duration of this story, it is rich in world building and character development. Alix has excelled with it and this was a brilliant audiobook

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Found this really hard to get into

Thought I'd love this based on other reviews and it sounding like sort of story I am into, but I found it really hard to get into and even though I powered through to the end I found the story boring all the way through. I'm not sure if that's because I think the narrator's voice is too monotone, or if the story is just a bit dull. Left feeling a disappointed.

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Charming, clever and magical

This was a real find. Strong women, magic, a wonderful twist on old tales and rhymes... just lovely.

The narrator does a great job of flawlessly developing all the characters, and the musical elements mean that this is surely always going to an absolute treat for the ears.

Highly recommended!

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brilliant.

a well written engaging story, I was enthralled from the beginning to the end. well narrated too.

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excellent narration for an excellent book!

The story in itself completely transported me, but add to it the narration and the music and this audiobook was absolutely amazing to listen to.

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beautiful, inspiring, hopeful and magical

beautiful, inspiring, hopeful and magical
beautiful, inspiring, hopeful and magical
beautiful, inspiring, hopeful and magical
loved it

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Amazing

Best audiobook I’ve listened to in months! Really cathartic, well-written and narration excellent. Highly recommend!

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incredible writing and performance.

I loved everything about this. The story itself and the performance was so alive and vibrant. I love the characters and miss them already.

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What a treat!

Beautifully narrated story, well written and great to listen to. Would thoroughly recommend. The little bits of music set the scene really well.

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Try something else…

This book sadly didn’t meet expectations. I love books about witches & am obsessed with the Salem witch trials. But this didn’t capture me, dare I say it was a bit boring. I felt like for hours of listening time nothing much happened. I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I was constantly zoning in and out. Maybe it was the narrator’s voice.
I also find it unbelievable that in the late 1800s witches would be persecuted and burned at the stake! At the same time as the suffrage movement?? Does the author not realise this was a relatively modern time, almost the 20th century? Nah-uh, this annoyed me. Unless this was supposed to be a dystopian society like the handmaid’s tale but there was no indication that it was…
If you like books about witches there are many better books to choose from.

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  • 13-01-21

everything I hoped for and more

what an insanely beautiful written and narrated book
Absolutely loved it. Witchy, sisterhood, women powerment ❤ this story had it all and I loved every minute of it. The music used at the start of the chapters is also very beautiful and sets the mood