It has been a busy week, so I totally missed my planned Blogoween post for Thursday October 4th! The lovely Kaleena at Reader Voracious is our host for the prompt:
Top 5 Books about Witches
Here are my picks (in no particular order):
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I had to include my all-time favourite series, because it happens to feature Hermione – who is without adoubt my favourite witch 😉
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
I loved this book! I am beyond excited to read Half Spent Was the Night: A Witches’ Yuletide, which is released this month!
“Those averse to magic need not apply…
Witches Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St Clair have opened a tea shop in Manhattan specialising in cures, palmistry and potions.
When an enchanting woman called Beatrice joins the witches as an apprentice, she soon proves indispensable, but her new life is marred by strange occurrences.
She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?
Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over how best to nurture her gifts, Beatrice disappears. But was it by choice or by force? In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, is anyone really safe?”
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo
This novel – a retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow – portrays witches in a more real, historical context. I love it! It’s the perfect read for October.
“When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.
But when romance gives way to passion, Ichabod and Katrina embark on a secret love affair, sneaking away into the woods after dark to be together – all while praying they do not catch sight of Sleepy Hollow’s legendary Headless Horseman. That is, until All Hallows’s Eve, when Ichabod suddenly disappears, leaving Katrina alone and in a perilous position.
Enlisting the help of her friend – and rumored witch – Charlotte Jansen, Katrina seeks the truth of Ichabod Crane’s disappearance, investigating the forest around Sleepy Hollow using unconventional – often magical – means. What they find forces Katrina to question everything she once knew, and to wonder if the Headless Horseman is perhaps more than just a story after all. In Alyssa Palombo’s The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel nothing is as it seems, and love is a thing even death won’t erase.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
I read this book when I was quite young, and I remember being absolutely terrified! I’d actually love to re-read this soon.
“This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.”
Circe by Madeline Miller
I am still reading Circe, and I am enthralled by this beautiful story of this Greek goddess of “magic” – sometimes called a witch.
“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.”
I’ve also just started The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, and I’m loving it so far.
I’d love to know what some of your favourite books featuring witches are! Tell me in the comments below.