The Year of the Witching

A Young Woman Living In A Rigid, Puritanical Society Discovers Dark Powers Within Herself In This Stunning, Feminist Fantasy DebutIn The Lands Of Bethel, Where The Prophet S Word Is Law, Immanuelle Moore S Very Existence Is Blasphemy Her Mother S Union With An Outsider Of A Different Race Cast Her Once Proud Family Into Disgrace, So Immanuelle Does Her Best To Worship The Father, Follow Holy Protocol, And Lead A Life Of Submission, Devotion, And Absolute Conformity, Like All The Other Women In The SettlementBut A Mishap Lures Her Into The Forbidden Darkwood Surrounding Bethel, Where The First Prophet Once Chased And Killed Four Powerful Witches Their Spirits Are Still Lurking There, And They Bestow A Gift On Immanuelle The Journal Of Her Dead Mother, Who Immanuelle Is Shocked To Learn Once Sought Sanctuary In The WoodFascinated By The Secrets In The Diary, Immanuelle Finds Herself Struggling To Understand How Her Mother Could Have Consorted With The Witches But When She Begins To Learn Grim Truths About The Church And Its History, She Realizes The True Threat To Bethel Is Its Own Darkness And She Starts To Understand That If Bethel Is To Change, It Must Begin With HerThe Year of the Witching

Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror She grew up in one of America s most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life long love of ghost stories When she doesn t have her nose buried in a book, you can find her painting or watching horror movies with her feline familiar Currently, Alexis resides in

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Year of the Witching
  • Alexis Henderson
  • English
  • 21 August 2019
  • 9780593099605

10 thoughts on “The Year of the Witching

  1. says:

    Handmaid s Tale meets Salem Born of rebellious feminist resistance by a girl who is branded as cursed because of her mother s sins and facing the dark powers to make definite and concrete changes at the dystopian, puritanical, secluded society consisted of hypocrisy, ignorance, illogical and unfair laws This is another terrifying, fist clenching, soul shivering, mind crushing, heart pounding, forehead sweating, edgy, spooky, bleak, dark journey take you to the dark woods to face the four witches are ready to haunt you in your dreams and place a quite irritating thoughts inside your brains Immanuelle Moore kept her silence for years, trying to stay head above the water, living at the outskirts with her disgraced family because her mother s disobedience ruined their family name, suffering from poverty, obeying the rules of their community Prophet s each word is the law because he s holly man even though he is the pure definition of sexual predator seduces under aged girls and having a heavenly polygamous marriage life Prophet reminds of a mean and ruthless cult leader but as the society keeps the silence and obeys the rules nothing can go wrong Immanuelle acts like she adapts in her outcast life till the day she takes the attention of Prophet s charming son Ezra and gets lost in the dark woods she is forbidden to enter because there are so many stories about that spooky place Once you enter, you never come back intact She may share the same faith with her mother who ran into the woods and lost her mind completely after giving her birth, losing her life But as soon as she takes her first step to the haunted place, she encounters with four witches who offer her mother s journal filled with her impressions about the witches and dark woods The passages at the journal are mind bending and ominous telling her upcoming apocalypse There are four phases BLOOD, BLIGHT, DARKNESS, SLAUGHTER As those four phases start to occur, Immanuelle tries to find a way to save the society even though it may coast her own life but what if her sacrifice doesn t change anything What if the government system they accepted and the holly rules declared by their Prophet were corrupted, distorted and unhealthy for those women s lives who have been massacred without fair judgment Sometimes to build something new, you need to tear down everything apart This is revolutionist, reformist and outstandingly brave and powerfully feminist dystopian story This is about a young woman s fight to change the system, not to be victimized, harassed, abused by the men who used the law and religion to justify their wrongdoings It s bold, moving and fascinating I have to warn you about last 30 pages It is really intense, dark and terrifying But I liked the promising, hopeful conclusion that also may be considered as a sign of sequel.I m giving my five impressed, mesmerized stars and I m clapping the debut authorAlexis Henderson for her brilliant work.Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Ace for sharing this intriguing ARC in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. says:

    I tore through this book in a single day It s the exact kind of witchy tale I ve been looking for The kind of achingly tense, terrifying atmosphere you get in horror with the tear it all down politics of today s best fantasy Highly recommend

  3. says:

    I meanI think it s pretty good.

  4. says:

    This sounds a lot like THE GRACE YEAR but I hope it s better than THE GRACE YEAR

  5. says:

    Touted as The Handmaid s Tale meets Salem, The Year of the Witching if definitely a deliciously dark tale you don t want to miss out on.Filled with terrifying scenes of both the macabre and dark times for women, this is one read that will keep you flipping the pages and utterly enthralled at its uniqueness With jaw dropping moments and heart pounding danger, not to mention the gruesome detail and imagery, this is definitely a story that just might keep you up at night in all ways possible Definitely a read for those that aren t faint of heart ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  6. says:

    3.5 stars rounded up for the moment, but might round down depending on how I feel The Year of the Witching has been described as a mix of The Handmaid s Tale and The Vvitch Salem, but I could honestly see many religious cults being used as a comparison here Despite the easy comparisons I would say loose comparisons , this book felt very unique and original.This was a fascinating book, it is slow and quiet in a way, but filled with creepy scenery and almost disturbing because of how lowkey it was I do wish that the world building had been explained , I was often confused by the magical stuff So there s the community, the outskirts, the forest that is run by zombie witches which people can t go into, and then some vague backstory with the zombie witches the cult founder Some people have marks that identify them as witches but aren t zombie witches but zombie witches might want them to join and become zombie witches and might brainwash people, and there s census type information that could show that And people get burnt at the stake for a lot of reasons It felt both vague and confusing, but the vagueness could have been intended to add to the creepy vibe Regardless, there could have been of a balance between vague and mysterious as the character figures things out, and some concrete answers The book was written in a very old fashioned sense that fit the time period fit with the book, which at times did make the characters feel distant, but suited the book Despite the tonal distance, the author did a good job of describing how Immanuele started to turn away from the cult, starting out with someone with some quiet rebellious thoughts but still a member of the cult and still afraid to do anything not allowed by the cult There are themes here of race the main character is mixed race , misogyny, complex family dynamics, and of course, witchcraft and religion Some of the themes could have been explored in depth, but ultimately this was a satisfying and well thought out book that I will recommend to people.

  7. says:

    The Year of the Witching was pitched as being inspired by The VVitch, so perhaps it s on me for allowing my expectations to climb sky high due to the association with one of my favorite movies of all time The VVitch is disturbing and unsettling and claustrophobic The Year of the Witching is standard YA fantasy fare, and this despite the fact that it is not YA fantasy, but adult Immanuelle is a character I struggled to get a grasp on, and perhaps that is because she is sogeneric, almost as though, rather than an actual person, she s just a stand in and mouthpiece for the various themes and ideas about gender and race that are heavy handedly hammered through the narrative with zero subtlety Similarly, the love interest, Ezra was milquetoast and bland how convenient it is that despite his upbringing in this super patriarchal world he s magically a Good Guy and Rational Thinker His romance with Immanuelle felt completely shoehorned into a narrative where it didn t belong.There are some brief scenes and lines where the narrative starts to verge on horror, but these are few and far between, so the book as a whole never quite gets there, never reaches that apex of dread that The WWitch manages so easily Oddly, the stakes never felt high enough, even though the stakes are literally death by plagues, but maybe this is just because I didn t care about any of the characters very much The main thing this book has going for it is its readability I sped through it and generally enjoyed my time reading it, even if I had issues and was sorely disappointed The writing is fine, the plot comes together just fine, and it s a decent enough book, but it had so much unused potential, discarded in exchange for standard fare YA romance and a generic protagonist But part of this is on me, for having some very specific expectations, and I can t blame the book for not meeting those, since it is clearly aiming to be something very different from what I had expected Since it was successful in fulfilling its own aims and it never bored me, it gets a 2.5 star rating from me

  8. says:

    What a sensational debut Henderson wove the most deliciously dark tale and I wanted to savor it as long as I could Haunting, horrifying, and so, so human I could not put this story down

  9. says:

    Review to come upon release.

  10. says:

    This book is everything My review to come.

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