I was pretty restrained with my book buying in November, especially considering all of the deals. Basically, I know I have a ridiculously long to be read so I’m trying my best to not add to it.
Just two purchases this month and both are ones I’ve heard a lot of great things about.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
This one was bought because of a recommendation on Twitter. I’m a huge lover of witchy books and this one is supposed to be excellent.
Not sure when I’ll actually get round to reading it, as I think it’s quite long and that scares me at the moment. But I’ll (hopefully) get to it one day.
Synopsis: 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 Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
Again I bought this because of a recommendation on Twitter and it looks pretty interesting. I actually haven’t read a fantasy in a while and this sounds good.
I love ensemble cast books and the fact that this one is all female is a win in my eyes.
Synopsis: Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.
When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.
Sorry for the short post, I’m very busy getting all of my festive posts prepared for next month!
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