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Fiction about Witches

Posted: by Emma on October 23, 2017

October, the spookiest of months, is a great time to settle in with a good read. I have compiled a list of adult fiction books about witches to get you through till Halloween.

Fiction about Witches

A witch is considered to be a woman who possesses supernatural powers and practices magic through the use of spells, potions, and sorcery. The following books are based on witches, some good, some evil, but the one thing they have in common is they all make for great reading material!

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Two witches, Eleanor and Adelaide, help a new witch, Beatrice, find her place in New York City. The book is full of witch hunting, ghosts, and of course, plenty of magic. The Witches of New York has a darker feel and includes a paranormal twist but it is also full of magical spells and potions. A great novel by a Canadian author.

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This is a prequel to Hoffman's bestseller, Practical Magic, but it could also be read as a standalone. Rules of Magic is about three siblings, Franny, Bridget (Jet) and Vincent Owens, three teenagers ostracized by their community because they are from the infamous witch family. The Owens clan has a history of coming from a long line of witches. This book follows the sisters and brother, all very different, as they come to terms with their magic abilities and try to find a place in the real world.

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A Discovery of Witches Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Dr. Diana Bishop, a descendant of a famous witch from Salem, Massachusetts, who turned her back on her magic after her parents were killed when she was a child. Instead, Diana focussed on academics and became a researcher in the history of science with a particular interest in alchemy.  Her natural powers allow her to find a magical text that has been missing for centuries. Once found, the text is desired by many and Diana finds herself entangled with dark forces. A handsome, mysterious stranger comes to her aide, but he also happens to be a vampire...
Note: this book is the first book in a trilogy.

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The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory

This historical fiction novl begins in the 16th century and follows the life of teenage, Alys, a young woman in Tudor England. Alys grew up very poor and lived with the local wise woman who tries to teach her about spells, herbs, and sorcery.  Alys instead chooses a life of religion and it isn’t until Alys falls in love with a married man that she thinks to use the magic she had learned. But using magic has its consequences and the dark magic that she has conjured now has a life of its own and is spinning out of control. Since witchcraft is punishable by death, Alys finds herself in constant danger, and tries to find a balance between her religious faith and her own power.

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Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

Two siblings, Whit, and Wisty, are taken away from their home in the middle of the night and accused of being a witch and a wizard.  A witch hunt has been started by the New Order which is run by The One Who Is The One. The New Order is attempting to get rid of all magic in the world. This was a very quick read, written for teenagers, but still fun for adults!

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