The Once and Future Witches

Written by:
Alix E. Harrow
Narrated by:
Gabra Zackman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2020
16 hours 3 minutes
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in this powerful novel of magic, family, and the suffragette movement. 

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.

An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, motherhood, and women's suffrage—the lost ways are calling.

Praise for The Once and Future Witches:

"A gorgeous and thrilling paean to the ferocious power of women. The characters live, bleed, and roar. I adore them, and long for witchcraft to awaken in all of us. Harrow makes it feel possible, and even likely."―Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author

"A glorious escape into a world where witchcraft has dwindled to a memory of women's magic, and three wild, sundered sisters hold the key to bring it back...A tale that will sweep you away."―Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author 

"This book is an amazing bit of spellcraft and resistance so needed in our times, and a reminder that secret words and ways can never be truly and properly lost, as long as there are tongues to speak them and ears to listen."―P. Djèlí Clark, author The Black God's Drum

For more from Alix E. Harrow, check out The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

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Chrystal Largent

"Fate is a story people tell themselves so they can believe everything happens for a reason, that the whole awful world is fitted together like some perfect machine, with blood for oil and bones for brass. That every child locked in her cellar or girl chained to her loom is in her right and proper place. She [Agnes] doesn't much care for fate." I loved this read. It has all of the elements of historical fiction that I love mixed with the beauty of magical prose. Add a dash of fairy tale interludes, dark forces and spells and I spent the past few weeks constantly curled up on my couch slowly enjoying this world created by Harrow. There are areas that tend to read a little slower when the action isn't prevalent and information is being presented but it ties in so beautifully with the era and the aspects of the world building that I found myself engrossed. I enjoyed how everything tied to witchery for the three sisters. Harrow presents each one with her flaws, pushing them to face their regrets and fears and become more. The tie-ins from past to present and the aspect of the sisters joining the suffragists was well thought out. Honestly, this is perfectly timed considering the upcoming voting. The powerful message of being a women, our rights and fighting for ourselves was woven expertly in the plot. I applaud Harrow for her inclusion of segregation. Quinn may have been a side character but she stood out beautifully for what she represented in this novel. This is different from The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I hope readers go in expecting something new and exciting from Harrow. I highly recommend taking your time with this read. This is one you'll want to absorb slowly without the rush of deadlines or other novels cramming into your space. A read that will stick with you long after the final page is read.

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Deeply satisfying, especially considering the times we live in today.

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Diane Z.

Loved this book! Listened to two more by the author as soon as I finished this one.

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