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A New York Times best seller

“Spectacular, singular, and spellbinding.” (Casey McQuiston, New York Times best-selling author of Red, White & Royal Blue)

The Last Magician meets The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy in this thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy following a young woman who discovers she has magical powers and is thrust into a battle between witches and wizards.

In 1911 New York City, 17-year-old Frances Hallowell spends her days as a seamstress, mourning the mysterious death of her brother months prior. Everything changes when she’s attacked and a man ends up dead at her feet — her scissors in his neck, and she can’t explain how they got there.

Before she can be condemned as a murderess, two cape-wearing nurses arrive to inform her she is deathly ill and ordered to report to Haxahaven Sanitarium. But Frances finds Haxahaven isn’t a sanitarium at all: It’s a school for witches. Within Haxahaven’s glittering walls, Frances finds the sisterhood she craves, but the headmistress warns Frances that magic is dangerous. Frances has no interest in the small, safe magic of her school, and is instead enchanted by Finn, a boy with magic himself who appears in her dreams and tells her he can teach her all she’s been craving to learn, lessons that may bring her closer to discovering what truly happened to her brother.

Frances’s newfound power attracts the attention of the leader of an ancient order who yearns for magical control of Manhattan. And who will stop at nothing to have Frances by his side. Frances must ultimately choose what matters more, justice for her murdered brother and her growing feelings for Finn, or the safety of her city and fellow witches. What price would she pay for power, and what if the truth is more terrible than she ever imagined?

©2021 Sasha Peyton Smith. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Sarah
  • 22-09-21

Good. Fun.

Clearly set up for a sequel.

Note to the author: Model T engines are not loud. It's quite easy to carry on a conversation while riding in most touring cars. Please check with the LeMay museum in Tacoma, WA for info on WWI era vehicles before the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-22

This story folds you into a world...

Sasha Peyton Smith did a wonderful job delving into the early 1900's and how we, as women were treated as objects with no worth and how men felt entitled to us as they pleased. And sanitarium's in general, the horror of them. How the upstairs neighbor wanted the apt below for his son so he had Frances mother committed. (Honestly, that's how easy it was to be committed). Makes me angry just thinking about the injustice of it all. Plot, story and characters were well rounded, believable and the ending leading us to assume there will be a sequel.

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  • Cory & Kristen
  • 16-01-22

The Witch Haven is AMAZING!

Must read for sure! This audiobook did such an amazing job as well really bringing the book to life!

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  • 04-12-21

honest opinion

the performance was great! the book was good too, I was annoyed with the main character always complaining about her brother and was shocked to find out who the actual killer was, but over all the story was great.