Oh, ladies. In this world, every woman is a witch, with small spells passed down from her mother and grandmothers to keep their hair in place and cast away fever. But long ago, more powerful witches were burned at the stake for striking fear into the hearts of men. With them went more powerful spells that would give women the respect they deserve. When three wayward sisters accidentally reunite and unlock the full power of old witches, fear is brought back to life, as well as hope. Deeply political, wistful, and full of beautiful language, this book is sure to awaken any witch to her full potential.— Emma
November 2020 Indie Next List
“Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January was my favorite book last year, so I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Once and Future Witches. This book is very different, but I adore it just as much! Set in the late 1800s in a world with a slightly alternate history from ours, women are fighting for the vote and losing. Three wayward sisters decide to challenge the patriarchy by bringing back witchcraft. Told through familiar stories twisted in new ways, this book is incredible. You will not be able to put it down, from the beautifully written introduction to the pulse-pounding ending!”
— Carrie Deming, The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow's powerful novel of magic 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.
For more from Alix E. Harrow, check out The Ten Thousand Doors of January.