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Witch Reader Reviews


S Harper

This tale is spellbinding, it glitters with gems of insight into our relationships with those we hold most dear and it positively pulses with raw energy. Highly recommended.

Set during the 17th century witch trials, this is Evey's story.

Hunted by the men who brutally murdered their mother, Evey and her sister Dill must flee for their lives. They are young and afraid but their mother has taught them well and they have many skills. They are strong, independent and resourceful but at the same time shattered by the loss of their mother. They will need the help of others in order to survive but this isn’t only a story of survival, this is also a story of revenge. It explores the depths of a mother's love, the strength of women and the power wielded by men. It is a tale of good and evil, friendship and hate but it is ultimately Evey's discovery of who she really is and all that she can become.

This short but amazingly intense book is utterly spellbinding. It glitters with gems of insight into our relationships with those we hold most dear and it positively pulses with raw energy. I admit that there was a point when I started to read where my heart sank, the language was old fashioned and I worried that it would hinder me, I would struggle to understand it fully and subsequently it would limit my enjoyment of the story. My concern, which lasted all of about 2 pages, was completely unfounded. In fact, rather than detracting from it, the writing style actually enhanced the tale and was integral to creating the whole atmosphere of the book. I devoured it in two days, it transported me to another world and I found myself thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading, which for me is one of the telltale signs of a good book. Highly recommended.

christine woolfenden

A magical, atmospheric tale, very well told.

At first I found the style of writing a little strange, but soon got totally engrossed in the story. Evey is a young teenage girl, who with her sister Dill, live in dark troubled times when suspicion falls on those who are a bit different. When they lose their mother who is accused of witchcraft, they must make their way on their own through dangerous situations, not knowing who to trust. Evey swears revenge on her mother's killers, but she is only a young girl, how can she succeed?

This is a story of magical times, beautifully written and very atmospheric. There are some dark moments in the book, so definitely for the older teenage reader. I was swept along with Evey and Dill, picturing the landscape through the eloquent descriptive writing.

A book about the strength of women against those that would do them harm.

Karen McIntosh

The writing was beautifully poetic and suited the magic and enchanting setting. It was about finding the power within and the importance of love and friendship for women.

The story of Evey and her sister Dill in the aftermath of their mother's murder at the hands of witch hunters, is a powerful tale. It is set in a time of wars, witch trials and hard lives for women. Women were supposed to be subservient. Not the women Evey knew.
I loved the historical aspects of the story, but it is the character development in the face of enormous struggles and grief that impressed me most. The writing was beautifully poetic and suited the magic and enchanting setting. It was about finding the power within and the importance of love and friendship for women.

Karin Gibson

A good exciting tale set in the time of Oliver Cromwell and the Witch finders. Evey learns to overcome her anger at the needless murder of her mother.

The Author sets the scene very well. You feel yourself back in the 17th Century. He involves you by the description and the way the characters speak, it doesn't take long to "get into" the odd speech patterns... It is a placement very different to the 21st Century.

The heroine of the tale is Evey (Evaline) who witnesses the death of her mother. She is filled with both anger, over the unnecessary death of her witch mother by some witchfinders but also extreme jealousy as her mother gives her younger sister Dill the very important scrying stone to keep. Dill is taken to safety by Evey who then leaves to get the retribution she so desires. The story develops and it is how Evey along with several friends she makes as she learns to overcome both the anger and her jealousy.

The story moves along at a very rapid pace and you travel alongside Evey as she battles evil witchfinders and tries to survive. I found that enjoyed the tale, though there are a few gruesome injuries and some actions are glossed over (rape).

It does achieve what it aims to be ... an exciting tale for young adults and advanced younger readers.

Andrea Rayner

In seventeenth century England, brigades of witch-hunters are killing witches. Fifteen-year-old Evey lives with her mother and her sister, Dill. One day a brigade comes for them …

In seventeenth century England, life is very uncertain. Brigades of witch-hunters roam the countryside searching for witches to kill. Women and girls are in great danger regardless of whether they are witches or not.

Fifteen-year-old Evey lives with her mother and her younger sister, Dill. Their mother is a healer and midwife. One day a brigade comes for them…

Set in the West Country during the Civil War, Witch is a story of magic, otherness and revenge. It is an exciting and engrossing novel that captures the suspense and dark atmosphere of the period.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838935610
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Finbar Hawkins
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage),