The Year of the Witching (Hardback)Alexis Henderson (author)
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Ideal reading for all fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, Henderson’s darkly twinkling dystopia sees a young woman questioning the rules and strictures of her patriarchal community and the fate of women accused of witchcraft centuries before. Tackling themes of oppression, misogyny and race, The Year of the Witching is a pulsating thriller with profound things to say about contemporary society.
The Handmaid's Tale meets The Village in this stunning feminist debut . . .
Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land.
And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.
It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother . . .
Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.
Bethel must change. And that change will begin with her . . .
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 593 g
Dimensions: 240 x 154 x 35 mm
'A thrillingly brisk and bracing tale of magic and power, I loved this book. It takes the best tropes of horror and witchcraft and gives them a refreshingly feminist twist.' - S.A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass
'A dark, dramatic tale of oppression and rebellion, ideology and morality, with a complicated, appealing protagonist caught in a Handmaid's Tale nightmare . . . a fine addition to the body of feminist fantasy works, a great read.' - Louisa Morgan, author of The Age of Witches
'Bewitching . . . Henderson offers a powerful portrait of patriarchal, racial, and religious abuses . . . conjuring a sense of creeping dread and maintaining the pacing throughout. This riveting work announces Henderson as an exciting new voice in dark fantasy.' - Publishers Weekly
;Slow burn horror crossed with a powerfully feminist coming-of-age novel . . . this book will haunt your dreams.' - Christina Henry, author of The Lost Boy
'Beautifully sinister and beguiling, The Year of the Witching is blood-drenched, horrific and enchanting from start to finish.' - Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand
'Bone-chilling and breathtakingly beautiful . . . The Year of the Witching is storytelling at its finest.' - Rena Barron, author of Kingdom of Souls
'A masterfully eerie, feminist story that binds itself to the reader's mind and won't let go. Alexis Henderson is an author to watch.' - Shea Ernshaw, author of Winterwood
'Gothic, dark and utterly enthralling, this is a world I wanted to sink into and never leave. I adored this book.' - Emily A. Duncan, author of Wicked Saints
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THAT COVER, though!!!
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