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The Age of Witches: A Novel Kindle Edition
Praise for The Age of Witches:
"Morgan's beautifully conjured tale of three women, social mores, and the sanctity of self-determination is thoroughly enthralling." —Booklist (starred review)
"Morgan’s incantatory prose and independent-minded women will delight fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen with this tale of female self-realization and magical realism. A highly enjoyable read." —Historical Novel Society
"An Austen-esque romance, a heart-racing mystery full of dangerous twists and an anxiety-inducing yet enthralling family feud....It all makes for a perfect brew." —Bookpage
For more from Louisa Morgan, check out:
A Secret History of WitchesThe Witch's Kind
"Koli's inquisitive mind and kind heart make him the perfect guide to Carey's immersive, impeccably rendered world, and his speech and way of life are different enough to imagine the weight of what was lost but still achingly familiar, and as always, Carey leavens his often bleak scenarios with empathy and hope. Readers will be thrilled to know the next two books will be published in short order."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
[A] quirky and imaginative dystopian novel. Koli narrates the story with a unique dialect that takes some getting used to, but the cadence and pacing of his voice adds a depth and richness to the strange and malevolent world."-- "Booklist (starred review)" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Louisa Morgan is a pseudonym for acclaimed author Louise Marley. She is a finalist for the 2018 Endeavour Award, for the novel A Secret History of Witches.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07VZFWVYR
- Publisher : Redhook (April 7, 2020)
- Publication date : April 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1283 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,164 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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If you haven't read her other books, I would recommend The Age of Witches if you're interested in the subject matter.
If you have read her other books, you might find some of the themes a bit repetitive. I have noticed a lot of similar themes throughout all of her books. It doesn't mean I enjoy this book any less, it just made things easier to predict about what was going to happen.
I loved her first book and made sure to read the others as they came out. She has an easy style of writing.
So this one is billed as a historical romance on Amazon and it indeed has some of the outward trappings of a historical romance; an impoverished marquess, an american heiress who wants to breed horses, a initial meeting that doesn't go well, and the required HEA.
However, those trappings are a glaze on a cake of a story mostly detailing how two cousin witches pound herbs, clip nails, drop drips of blood into wax to wield their family magic on men in the story.
So going into this book, if it was a historical novel about all that witch history and a deeper exploration into the ways the Bishop family magic can be used for good or ill, and seen the workings of that magic become a method of self-actualization in a time when women were more or less owned by men, that would have been awesome. However, the book's stance on using magic to influence men is very preachy---and then inconsistent in my opinion. The "good" cousin witch Harriet condemns the "bad" cousin Frances for using magic to gain the affections of a man, but then turns around and does a similar thing herself for her niece, Annis. So...wasn't sure the message really was conveyed in the character arc/plot.
Or if I went into the book believing all the trope indications of historical romance, and then the book lingered on the actual repartee and emotional connection between the marquess and Annis, that would have been awesome too. There is 0 level of steam, the book spends more time on Annis and the marquesses' mother's relationship in terms of emotional attachment, and over relies on the magic for connection in the first place. The marquess' willingness to cross an ocean and marry Annis with or without her fortune is supposed to be "proof" he isn't influence by Frances' magic any more, but really I felt that result could easily be leftover magic so really, really missed the development of the relationship.
So I was left dissatisfied in the end due to the lack of actual historical romance relationship and somewhat contradictory approach to the potentially interesting exploration of morals as expressed by the Bishop women's access to powers in a usually stifling society. Ah well. So discovered this author not to my personal taste.
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The authors description of New York at the time was what kept me interested though, that and the social attitudes of the people at that time.
The storyline itself was, although interesting, rather predictable, and for this I dropped a star.
Overall a good read though.