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The Age of Witches: A Novel de Louisa Morgan
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The Age of Witches: A Novel (edició 2020)

de Louisa Morgan (Autor)

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"Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches, returns with another riveting tale of family, witchcraft, and love that spans generations, set in Gilded Age New York and London. Harriet Bishop, descended from a long line of witches, uses magic to help women in need -- not only ordinary women, but also those with powers of their own. She must intervene when a distant cousin wields dangerous magic to change the lives of two unsuspecting young people... one of whom might just be a witch herself. Frances Allington has used her wiles and witchcraft to claw her way out of poverty and into a spectacular marriage with one of New York's wealthiest new tycoons. She is determined to secure the Allingtons' position amongst the city's elite Four Hundred families by any means necessary -- including a scheme to make a glorious aristocratic match for her headstrong and reluctant step-daughter, Annis, using the same strange power with which she ensnared Annis's father. To save Annis from this dark magic, Harriet reveals to her Frances' misuse of their shared birthright and kindles in Annis her own nascent powers. Together, Harriet and Annis must resist her stepmother's agenda, lest she -- and the dashing young lord she suspects she could come to love -- lose their freedom, and possibly their lives. Previous books by Louisa Morgan: A Secret History of WitchesThe Witch's Kind"--… (més)
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Títol:The Age of Witches: A Novel
Autors:Louisa Morgan (Autor)
Informació:Redhook (2020), 448 pages
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I was provided with an arc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My x meets x pitch for this is Downton Abbey meets Macbeth. It's got all the class, money, and elite socialites mixed in with three witches each with their own agendas.

This book was very well written. All the characters were very well developed, even the "villain". Everyone had clear motives and were given the right amount of page time. This book was a success technically. My favourite character was Annis by far, being the wise beyond her years and modern for her time character that she was, but I also love how that came out not in a needlessly rebellious way but with actual interest that served to forwards the plot. Also, I very much appreciate her horse-crazed nature, as it was something I went through and, had my mom not been allergic to barn dust, I might be a lot like her.

On the subject of witches, I liked how it was handled. Having taken a class on witches and witchcraft in literature, I appreciated how witchcraft was seen as something powerful and manipulative, but also empowering and useful. It was something that didn't just pit woman against woman but also brought them together.

In the end, this book was incredibly well done and impressed me. It was just lacking that special, person-dependent spark to make it an all-time favourite. I would highly recommend this to historical fictoio0n fans or light fantasy fans. Definitely both. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
The Age of Witches is the story of three women. Harriet, Francis and Annis are all descendants of witches, with the ability to use magic. Harriet is a herbalist, her cousin Francis dabbles in darker magic, and Annis, Francis's stepdaughter, is only just discovering her powers. The book is about strong, flawed women who know what they want and take it. It's about the use and misuse of magic, and about being a woman in a world set up for men.

The writing is absolutely beautiful, in typical Louisa Morgan style. There is so much detail, and the historical setting is really brought to life. The story is very slow moving, though, and it took me quite a while before I felt hooked in. The book has a similar vibe to A Secret History Of Witches, Morgan's previous novel, which I absolutely loved. Unfortunately, I didn't connect to the characters in this novel as easily as I did in A Secret History. I considered DNFing during the first half. I'm glad I didn't, because I enjoyed the later parts of the book a lot more.

3.5 stars ( )
  crimsonraider | Apr 1, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this story although I could see where the relationship was headed..... I liked the characters. I found this to be a compelling read, so much so that I was up until 3:00 am in order to finish it.

The story revolves around the fictional descendants of Bridget Bishop (a woman hung in Salem at the behest of her former lover in order to get rid of her & gain her assets)…

Harriet is an older craftswoman living in the Dakota. Annis is her distant younger cousin who is head-strong, unwilling to marry, & loves breeding horses. Frances is also a cousin, married to Annis's father (via black charms) and a social-climbing nasty woman, who is using Annis as bait for an English Lord in order to obtain a title with which to gain access to the 400.

When Annis is taken away against her will to England in order to marry a deeply in debt Lord, Harriet follows in order to save Annis & the Lord from the powerful spells put into play by Frances.... There a duel between good & evil (Harriet & Frances) for the life of Annis takes place.

Wow! ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Sep 18, 2020 |
First of all, the cover is very appealing and appropriate for the story. The language is easy to under unlike most of the historical fiction novels. Life during of the different sections of the society during the Gilded age in New York has been elegantly described in the novel.

The story is interesting and alluring, told through four different perspective- Harriet, Annis, Frances and James.
A witch named Bridget Bishop was hanged 200 years ago in Salem. Her two lines of legacy through her two daughters, have different motives.

Annis is a strong, vivacious and independent girl who has immense passion for horses against her family's interests and the social taboos. But, her stepmother, Frances, has other plans for her that she wouldn't like.

Frances has always lived in poverty until she met a affluent widower, George Allington. After getting him under her control through some dark magic, she marries him and lives a wealthy lifestyle. She only has one more desire- she wants to climb higher in the New York society, that is, she wants to become one of the four hundred most prosperous families. And acquiring a title in the family would make the difference she had wanted.

Harriet is dedicated to use her power for good purposes like healing. She also keeps an eye on her cousin and her great niece. On seeing that her cousin is up to no good, she arrives to rescue Annis, her great niece.

James's father, the old marquess, has just died leaving James the title and also, debts. The whole estate is in danger due to the debts. James must find a solution quickly or lose them all. To make matters worse, his mother thinks the best way to get out of the problem is by forcing James to marry money.

As all of their lives intervene, the story takes us through a rattling journey of love, power, ambition, feminism and most importantly magic.

I thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Publishing (Orbit Books) for giving me this wonderful opportunity to read and review this book.

P.S.- I would love a sequel of this book. ( )
  Yogaalakshmi | Sep 2, 2020 |
The Age of Witches was a fast read. It was entertaining for the most part. Felt a bit unrealistic at times, but overall it was a good read. This novel didn't wow me but that's not to say I didn't like it. I finished this book in a day which says a lot about the writing style and story.
This is a story of the clash of wills and intentions of two witches and the repercussions of their actions. Annis falls victim to the scheming of her stepmother Frances, who's a witch, and Harriet, Annis's great aunt tries to save her and other innocent people from getting affected by Frances' manipulations. An interesting feminist story. I was a bit puzzled by the ending though. Is there a sequel to this book, is this part of a series? I am not sure.
I loved both Harriet's and Lady Eleanor's characters. But, I was sorely disappointed by the way men were characterized in the story. Weak, vain and vacuous, the men in the story had absolutely no substance. None of them were likable or unlikable they were just bland and mostly useless. They felt like distractions to the story and I was uncomfortable with that. It's not necessary that a woman can shine only if the men in her life are weak. There are thousands of stories where women have shone due to the silent and strong support of men in their family. I would have loved to see stronger and deeper male characters in the story.
Also, Velma's character was so unrealistic that I caught myself rolling my eyes multiple times. Maybe it's my cynical nature, but I found her naivety and innocence unrealistic.

Recommend this book if you want a quick witchy story and a throwback to the 19th-century life and the lives of the women in those times.

I give this book 3.5/5 stars.

Read my detailed review: https://rrkreads.com/the-age-of-witches-book-review/ ( )
  rrkreads | Jun 15, 2020 |
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"Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches, returns with another riveting tale of family, witchcraft, and love that spans generations, set in Gilded Age New York and London. Harriet Bishop, descended from a long line of witches, uses magic to help women in need -- not only ordinary women, but also those with powers of their own. She must intervene when a distant cousin wields dangerous magic to change the lives of two unsuspecting young people... one of whom might just be a witch herself. Frances Allington has used her wiles and witchcraft to claw her way out of poverty and into a spectacular marriage with one of New York's wealthiest new tycoons. She is determined to secure the Allingtons' position amongst the city's elite Four Hundred families by any means necessary -- including a scheme to make a glorious aristocratic match for her headstrong and reluctant step-daughter, Annis, using the same strange power with which she ensnared Annis's father. To save Annis from this dark magic, Harriet reveals to her Frances' misuse of their shared birthright and kindles in Annis her own nascent powers. Together, Harriet and Annis must resist her stepmother's agenda, lest she -- and the dashing young lord she suspects she could come to love -- lose their freedom, and possibly their lives. Previous books by Louisa Morgan: A Secret History of WitchesThe Witch's Kind"--

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