The Near Witch by VE Schwab
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Witches
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: Provided by Chapters Indigo in exchange for an honest review.
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Hello bookdragons! If you have read a bit of VE Schwab books (I don’t think I need to name them right?), you may know that one of her first works was The Near Witch, published in 2011. And because of her success from the last year, it was republished in an all new and pretty edition I was lucky enough to get my hands on! And this book deserved it 😉
The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Enter the moor at your own risk…
The first thing I loved about this book was the land Schwab chose: the Moor, the wind, a little village lost in the middle of nowhere. A place where magic can be as real as anything else… And where fear and prejudices can bring the worst out of us! Schwab shows here the building of her talent to wove dark stories. It is not all good and pretty. No, her worlds are cruel and they will twist your heart.
To me, the Near Witch really felt like reading a dangerous tale. The dynamic of the writing, the disappearances of children intertwined to some land magic and the quest to find the culprit… it was like a story you would say at the fireplace by a winter night. It was beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking and full of tension. It took me a little while to get in, but when I was, I was so stressed to see how the story would end!
As for the characters, I really liked Lexi, our main character. She is strong and does not fit in what her town is expecting a girl to be. She wants to run free, to love without compromising herself and she is so fond of her land, it’s inspiring! Cole was also a pretty interesting protagonist, quite mysterious and tortured... perfect male character for a dark tale 😉 And of course, the old witchy sisters were a great addition to the story, with their magic and their sybilline words.
In a few words
The Near Witch is a story to enjoy while the wind is blowing outside, a tale full of darkness, loss and of course, love. A beautiful addition to your Schwab collection!
See you for a cup,