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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Village in this stunning feminist debut....

Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches and so cleansed the land.

And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.

It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother....

Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

Bethel must change. And that change will begin with her....

©2020 Alexis Henderson (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"A thrillingly brisk and bracing tale of magic and power...it takes the best tropes of horror and witchcraft and gives them a refreshingly feminist twist." (S.A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass

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Spell bound!

I couldn't listen to this book fast enough. It was completely enthralling. I found myself unable to read,listen, or watch anything else.
It will stay with you for a long time!

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good book

good book. but felt a little young.
probably more suited to teen or young adult.

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Loved this!

It was so suspenseful and I‘m gutted it‘s over. I loved how it touched upon feminism, had some queer representation and talked about colourism/race in a way that didn’t feel harsh or simply stylistic. I‘ll have to say this is my favourite book of the year and can‘t see anything topping this!

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A bit disappointing

I loved the ideas of this book, unfortunately I don't think they were executed as well as they could have been. The narration was not bad, but lacked a bit of life. Overall, the whole story seemed a little "meh" for lack of a better word. I didn't feel like you really connected with any of the characters, and they were all a bit bland. Had some great descriptions in it though, but it was a bit like the author couldn't decide when this was meant to be set; and for me, that distracted me as something about the whole book just seemed a bit off.

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Breath Taking

loved this from beginning to end, truly captivating and had me on the edge of my seat

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Brilliant

Absolutely stunning read. I can see this as something Netflix could make and scare the pants of all of us.
A bloody tale of betrayal on a group of women whose only crime was all held the lineage. Recorded by the "church" as witches the current prophet holds dominium and his word is final.
The fact that he has hidden what he is doing is what drives these women to make a change. The last living of them is Immanuel, whose father was burned on a pyre and her mother driven to madness, she is the last hope, the strongest and the best equipped. With Ezra, the prophets son at her back they can face anything .... can't they?