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18 December 2020

Book Beginnings: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow

 For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow cover illumicrate

There's no such thing as witches, but there used to be. 

I started The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow some time after midnight when I couldn't sleep. It was possibly a mistake as I didn't want to stop reading and managed the prologue and five chapters.

It's off to a great start, and I love the writing style. It's got a fairytale feel to it, and it feels historical and contemporary all at once.

There are some excellent quotes in this book, and the first line is a perfect example. I'm in love.

Juniper looks at her - this little old woman with a powdered wig and a big office on the facncy side of town - and understands perfectly well.

This is from page 56 in my finished hardback copy.

I love the anger and resentment in this scene, the pompousness and the classism. I absolutely love it.

The cover is stunningly detailed, so many small things that take on more significance as you progress in the story.

What are you reading this week?


  1. I so want to read this!!! Happy weekend!

  2. Great excerpts. I love the cover, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “DIRT”

  3. This is definitely on my TBR list. I finished The Ten Thousand Doors of January earlier this year. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your holidays!

  4. What do you think of it? I have been really wanting to read this. I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe.

  5. I can't wait to start in on this one! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. This one didn't work for me but I'm glad you're enjoying it!

  7. I haven't read a good book in awhile and this sounds like it could be the one! I love fairytales


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