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Released: July 21, 2020
“It’s oppressive, gloomy atmosphere lit up by slashes of blood and magic are the perfect accomplement to the spooky season”
~ Under the Covers
In Bethel being a woman is a dangerous business. Ruled by the word of the Prophet the puritanical society does not suffer outsiders or magic. Which makes Immanuelle Moore’s very existence a crime. After all, she was the result of a doomed love affair with an outsider and her birth is haunted by dark magics. Immanuelle has tried all her life to live rigidly to rules set out by the Prophet, but when she accidentally stumbles into the Darkwoods, she sets off a chain of events that mean she must no longer hide from her heritage. But embrace it.
With dark nights and Halloween on its way, it’s the perfect time to pick up The Year of the Witching. It’s oppressive, gloomy atmosphere lit up by slashes of blood and magic are the perfect accomplement to the spooky season.
And, that’s one of the things I liked most about this book. Alexis Henderson has done a fantastic job of creating an ominous, restrictive atmosphere that has you tense and afraid for our heroine from the very first page. In Bethel, women, even those who don’t have Immanuelle’s heritage, have a constant target on their back and The Year of the Witching did a great job of creating the sense of ever present fear. That sense of impending doom that hung over the book suited the fairly slow pace of the story; as Immanuelle learns more the noose tightens.
Although the book did have some horror elements, with the main focus being on gore and blood, I wouldn’t say this book was particularly scary. It certainly has some horrific images, but for me the fright came from the human element embodied by the tyrannical rule of the Prophet. The evil witches and the havoc and death they caused was a very tangible threat, but nothing in comparison to the horror that the Prophet could heap upon to you. Maybe that was the point.
This was a really well done debut, it was creepy and tense so if you are like me and not a big fan of horror (I am a huge scardy cat) but do want some thrills it’s a great balance.
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