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Books about witches

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  • April Witch
    Author: Axelsson, Majgull
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375505172 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    Desiree lies in a hospital bed thinking, dreaming--she cannot walk or talk, but she has other capabilities. Desiree is an April witch, clairvoyant and omniscient, traveling through time and space into the world denied her.
    Updated 1/29/02
  • Tangled Webs
    Author: Bishop, Anne
    $ 23.95 ISBN: 9780451462220 Date: 2006
    Award-winning author Bishop returns to the bewitching world of the Black Jewels with her latest novel, in which Jaenelle Angelline and her family tangle with the Black Widow witches.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • So Enchanting
    Author: Brockway, Connie
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780451416292 Date: 2009
    starBooklist starLJ
    Witchling Amelie Chase has been banished to a Scottish hamlet and entrusted by her benefactor to Fanny Walcott. However, the village is cramping Amelie's style, anonymous notes are threatening her life, and two handsome travelers arrive with tantalizing links to the pasts of both women.
    Updated 2.25.09
  • The Patriot Witch
    Author: Finlay, C.C.
    $ 7.99 ISBN: 9780345503909 Date: 2009
    Finlay presents the first novel in an exciting new trilogy that blends American history with fantasy adventure, featuring a young Revolutionary War rebel who must hide his true identity--as a witch.
    Updated 3.31.09
  • Practical Magic
    Author: Hoffman, Alice
    Date: 1995
    starBooklist starPW
    The novel by the author of Turtle Moon reveals what happens when magic competes with real love. At the heart of this tantalizing novel are Gillian and Sally Owens, whose conjuring spinster aunts raised them not with square meals and curfews but with magic spells and respect for the powers of nature.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
    Author: Howe, Katherine
    $ 26 ISBN: 9781401340902 Date: 2009
    Written by an author completing a Ph.D. in New England Studies, and whose ancestors had been accused witches in Salem, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the trials in the 1690s and a modern woman's story of mystery and discovery.
    Updated 5.21.09
  • A Sudden Wild Magic
    Author: Jones, Diana Wynne
    Date: 1992
    Our world has long been protected by "The Ring" - a benevolent secret society of witches and conjurers dedicated to the continuance and well-being of humankind. Now, in the face of impending climatic disaster, the Ring has uncovered a conspiracy potentially more destructive than any it has ever had to contend with. For eons, the mages of a neighboring universe have been looting the Earth of ideas, innovations and technologies - all the while manipulating events and creating devastating catastrophes for their own edification. And unless the brazen piracy is halted, our planet is certainly doomed. Aboard a modified city omnibus, a raiding party of adepts is dispatched to Arth, the stronghold of the interfering Pentarchy - a world ruled by magic, ritual and unbending tradition. And while the Inner Ring on Earth battles spies, traitors and the terrifying sendings of an evil, would-be queen, a motley group of commandoes launches a cynical attack on the virtue of the great citadel of Arth - determined to conquer the mighty fortress through internal dissension, psychological sabotage and kamikaze sex. But ultimately the destiny of two separate universes is in the hands of a trio of unlikely champions: a dotty old Earth woman, caretaker to many cats and a bizarre, simianlike familiar...a rebellious heir to the Pentarchy, whose birthright enables him to perform astonishing feats...and Zillah, a beautiful but troubled young mother who unknowingly possesses the wildest, strangest, and most powerful magic of all. A Sudden Wild Magic is a breathtakingly original, consistently delightful blend of fantasy and SF - a surprising, funny and warmly human adventure of wars, worlds and otherworlds thatsignals the dazzling emergence of a major new talent in the literary field of the fantastic. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Limits of Enchantment
    Author: Joyce, Graham
    $ 22 ISBN: 9780743463447 Date: 2005
    This tale of midwifery, alchemy, magic, truth, and identity offers the story of two women: one with a deep past, and one who finds her history in the other.
    Updated 6.17.09
  • The Heretic's Daughter
    Author: Kent, Kathleen
    Publisher: Little Brown $ 24.99 ISBN: 9780316024488 Date: 2008
    starPW starLJ
    Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. This is the haunting story of Carrier's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by her daughter, Sarah.
    Updated 9.6.08
  • Bloody Harvests
    Author: Kunzmann, Richard
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312360339 Date: 2006
    Bloody Harvests is a valuable addition to the South African canon. It is a brilliant first novel by an engaging author. It charts new ground for the thriller/crime genre in South African literature." ---The CapeTimes (South Africa) - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 11.1.06
  • The Gates of Sleep
    Author: Lackey, Mercedes
    Publisher: DAW $ 24.95 ISBN: 0756400600 Date: 2002
    In this new novel of magic and mystery in Edwardian England, beloved storyteller Lackey once again proves why she is one of the hottest writers in fantasy today.
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
    Author: Maguire, Gregory
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780060391447 Date: 1995
    The Wizard of Oz is one of the most watched, best-loved movies of all time. Everyone who grew up watching it year after year will be fascinated by this twist in the tale--a richly comic, highly literary, and supremely entertaining excursion into the life and times of the infamous Wicked Witch of the West.
    Updated 6.18.09
  • Son of a Witch
    Author: Maguire, Gregory
    Publisher: Regan $ 26.95 ISBN: 0060548932 Date: 2005
    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, the author returns to the land of Oz to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy killed the Witch.
    Suggested Reading: Speculative Fiction for the Reluctant | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 7.7.05
  • Speaks the Nightbird
    Author: McCammon, Robert R.
    Publisher: Elliott & Clark $ 29.95 ISBN: 1880216620 Date: 2002
    starLibrary Journal
    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal.... After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel -- and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives. - Publisher Marketing
    Updated 6.29.02
  • The Last Witchfinder
    Author: Morrow, James
    Publisher: Morrow $ 25.95 ISBN: 0060821795 Date: 2006
    Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a living, but when the young girl witnesses the horrifying death of her beloved Aunt Isobel, she makes it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act.
    Suggested Reading: Historical Fiction
    Updated 2.21.06
  • Spellbinder: A Love Story With Magical Interruptions
    Author: Rawn, Melanie
    Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765315327 Date: 2006
    There is magic in the big city . . . literally. New York City has a small, and by preference discrete, population of witches and wizards who live and love and go dancing just like everyone else. Holly McClure is one of them, a successful writer who tries to ignore her heritage, except when the local Magistrate needs her special gift in his coven.
    Updated 10.18.06
  • Circle of Five
    Author: Riccio, Dolores Stewart
    Publisher: Kensington $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0758203004 Date: 2003
    Now that her children are grown, her lout of an ex-husband is gone, and her herbal remedy business has taken off, Cass Shipton is free to enjoy the simple comforts of her grown-up life. But Cass's idyllic, small-town life changes after she bumps carts at the local supermarket with a stranger in a green cap.
    Suggested Reading: Magic & Magicians | Adult Books for Teens
    Updated 3.13.03
  • Ladies Courting Trouble
    Author: Riccio, Dolores Stewart
    Publisher: Kensington $ 14 ISBN: 0758209878 Date: 2006
    When a hemlock-laced brownie at the church hospitality hour spells the end for an elderly townswoman, Cass Shipton and her circle of friends use their very special brand of detective skills--magic, clairvoyance, and good old-fashioned common sense--to ferret out the culprit.
    Updated 3.6.06
  • Witching Hour: Lives of the Mayfair Witches
    Author: Rice, Anne
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780394587868 Date: 1990
    From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge mesmerizing novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries. Two people with special powers are drwan together and set out in a passionate alliance to unlock the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift. As the strane saga is played out, a world of witches is created that will fascinate readers for years to come.
    Updated 6.18.09
  • Lasher: Lives of the Mayfair Witches
    Author: Rice, Anne
    $ 35 ISBN: 9780679412953 Date: 1993
    Rice's new work brings readers once more into the midst of the dynasty of witches introduced in her phenomenal runaway bestseller The Witching Hour. The novel moves around the globe, backward and forward in time, and between the worlds to tell a story of aspiration and passion.
    Updated 6.18.09


  • In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692
    Author: Norton, Mary Beth
    Publisher: Norton $ 30 ISBN: 037540709x Date: 2002
    starPW starLJ
    Norton, an admired historian, gives readers a unique perspective on the events at Salem, helping to understand the trials as they were understood by those who lived through the frenzy. Norton examines the crucial turning points, the accusers, the confessors, the judges, and the accused, among whom were 38 men.
    Updated 7.3.02
  • The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village
    Author: Robisheaux, Thomas
    $ 26.95 ISBN: 9780393065510 Date: 2009
    On the night of a festive holiday in 1672, a young mother died in agony. Was it a natural death, murder--or witchcraft? Drawing on vivid court documents, eyewitness accounts, and an early autopsy report, historian Robisheaux explores one of Europe's last witch panics
    Updated 6.17.09

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