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The age of witches : a novel

by Morgan, Louisa, 1952-

Format: Print Book 2020
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In Gilded Age New York, a centuries-long clash between two magical families ignites when a young witch must choose between love and loyalty, power and ambition, in this magical novel by Louisa Morgan.
In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need; the other, determined to grasp power for themselves by whatever means necessary.
This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She'll need to claim her own power to save herself-and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.
From more from Louisa Morgan, check out:
A Secret History of Witches The Witch's Kind
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In Morgan's third witch-centric historical novel, following The Witch's Kind (2019), nearly two hundred years after a woman was hanged as a witch, two of her descendants, who have followed very different paths, clash in Gilded Age New York. Annis, a young heiress, wants to breed thoroughbreds and is not interested in marriage. Her socially ambitious stepmother, Frances, married for money to fit in, but she needs more to raise her social status, and what would be better than taking Annis to London to snag a man with a title? Francis is ruthless in her use of witchcraft to manipulate others to fulfill her schemes. Her adversary is her cousin Harriet, whose intended was killed in the Civil War. Harriet lives in a beautiful apartment in the Dakota, from which she ventures into Central Park to forage for the herbs she uses as medicine and in her magic to help other women. When Annis and Frances set sail for London, Harriet is also on board, taking the battle between benevolent and foul magic to England. Morgan's beautifully conjured tale of three women, social mores, and the sanctity of self-determination is thoroughly enthralling."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Morgan (The Witch's Kind) sets her robust tale of matriarchal magic in a lushly depicted Gilded Age New York. Frances Allington practices the dark magic of maleficia, driven by ambition and the desire to distance herself from her impoverished upbringing. After gaining wealth through her dark arts, she aspires to elevate herself further by arranging a match between her stepdaughter, Annis, and a poor but title-holding British aristocrat. Headstrong 17-year-old Annis largely reserves her passion for her stallion, Bit, a devotion her father, as Bit's legal owner, uses to leverage Annis's cooperation in Frances's scheme. Meanwhile, Harriet Bishop, Annis's spinster "aunt" and Frances's cousin, works to intercede on Annis's behalf using her lighter strain of magic. Harriet hopes both to keep Annis safe from Frances's maleficia and to help direct Annis's own budding powers. By alternating perspectives between the characters, Morgan manages to elicit sympathy for each member of her large cast despite their conflicting desires. Even Frances is humanized beyond the typical wicked stepmother archetype. Readers will root for these powerful women as they struggle to overcome the social limitations of their time, whether through magic or force of personality. Agent: Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fantasy fiction.
Occult fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description pages ; cm
ISBN 9780316419512
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