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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 c 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.


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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 c 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.

30 review for The Age of Witches

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank you, Louisa Morgan, NetGalley, and Redhook books for the opportunity to read this book! It is official. I will read anything that Louisa Morgan pens. The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan is her third book and I hope there are many more. This book takes place in 1890 and introduces Harriet Bishop. Harriet is a descendant of Bridget Bishop of Salem. Harriet has “the knowing” and a very accomplished herbalist. She believes in helping people. Her distant cousin, Frances has used dark magic to wo Thank you, Louisa Morgan, NetGalley, and Redhook books for the opportunity to read this book! It is official. I will read anything that Louisa Morgan pens. The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan is her third book and I hope there are many more. This book takes place in 1890 and introduces Harriet Bishop. Harriet is a descendant of Bridget Bishop of Salem. Harriet has “the knowing” and a very accomplished herbalist. She believes in helping people. Her distant cousin, Frances has used dark magic to work her way up in society by marrying a wealthy widower. But she is determined to make it into higher society by marrying his daughter, Annis to a lord in England. Problem is, Annis has no interest in marriage and only wants to be around her horses. Harriet must stop Frances before Annis is harmed by this dark magic. Bravo. I love these books by Louisa Morgan. I saw a lot of reviews that comment on how slow they are…maybe to them, but not to me. I love the detail. I feel so immersed in her stories. I want to be friends with her characters. In fact, it kind of breaks my heart that they are fictional. Sigh… Anyway, I LOVE Annis! She is spirited and passionate. Her love for horses brought tears to my eyes. I also love how she wants to be loved for herself, not because of magic or because of money. Harriet is also wonderful. I would love for her to be my teacher. She is kind and knowledgeable. Her guidance is heartwarming. Also. WITCH BATTLES. Oh. My. God. I was on the edge of my seat. My husband said, “Hey—babe, you haven’t blinked in a while.” Yes, it is that good. Louisa Morgan gets another 5 perfect stars from me! She hasn’t let me down yet. I can’t wait for her next book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    I read Louisa Morgan’s first book, A Secret History of Witches. It wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed it enough that when I saw The Age of Witches on NetGalley, I thought it might at least be worth a read. I went in expecting more of what I got from ASHOW: a story that centers female characters and female relationships, a charming writing style, a lackluster plot, and a hint of magic. The Age of Witches had all those things. The narration alternated between four characters. Harriet is a mid I read Louisa Morgan’s first book, A Secret History of Witches. It wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I enjoyed it enough that when I saw The Age of Witches on NetGalley, I thought it might at least be worth a read. I went in expecting more of what I got from ASHOW: a story that centers female characters and female relationships, a charming writing style, a lackluster plot, and a hint of magic. The Age of Witches had all those things. The narration alternated between four characters. Harriet is a middle-aged herbalist widow descended from a long line of witches. Annis is the seventeen-year-old daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur with dreams of breeding horses. Francis is her stepmother, another witch who magicked her way into an advantageous marriage. The fourth protagonist is James, who I’d only barely met before I stopped reading. It’s clear he’s meant to be Annis’ love interest. Frances was the most interesting character by far. I always enjoy a conniving woman. Harriet was forgettable, and Annis was about as cliché as it gets: the privileged young woman who detests parties and social graces and the idea of marriage. As I mentioned, the plot was not the highlight of this story. It was slow and not particularly high-stakes or exciting. I felt like I could put the book down at any point and wouldn’t miss out on anything major, which is exactly what I did. I enjoyed seeing magic used for a greater variety of purposes than in ASHOW, where the protagonists mainly used it to attract men and get pregnant. But overall, I found The Age of Witches underwhelming. I still think Morgan is a talented writer. She just doesn’t write the type of books I enjoy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A beautifully written tale of witches in Gilded Age New York. Harriet and Frances are both descendants of Bridget Bishop, who was hanged a century before. Harriet practices herbal magic while Frances practices a darker type of magic. Harriet is a healer and uses her magic wisely, while her cousin Frances uses her magic to get what she wants - a husband who has money and now she wants her step-daughter, Annis, to marry a man with a title to place her in a position to join the elite 400 in New Yor A beautifully written tale of witches in Gilded Age New York. Harriet and Frances are both descendants of Bridget Bishop, who was hanged a century before. Harriet practices herbal magic while Frances practices a darker type of magic. Harriet is a healer and uses her magic wisely, while her cousin Frances uses her magic to get what she wants - a husband who has money and now she wants her step-daughter, Annis, to marry a man with a title to place her in a position to join the elite 400 in New York. Annis is also descended from from the Bishop line, but knows nothing about her abilities. Harriet wants to teach her, but is estranged from Frances and Annis doesn't know who she is. Harriet becomes involved when Frances starts to use her step-daughter as a pawn. I likes the characters Harriet and Annis. Frances was the more conniving character which I disliked, but later felt a little sorry for her. The story was good and I really like Morgan's writing style - the prose flows smoothly and fits the story putting you in the setting. I also loved the horses! Thanks to Louisa Morgan and Redhook Books through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/28/... The Age of Witches is the third of Louisa Morgan’s historical supernatural standalone novels about witches, and once more we are treated to a journey of incredible depth and magic led by strong female characters. In this one, readers are spirited away to the late 1800s where seventeen-year-old protagonist Annis lives in New York with her wealthy father and stepmother. But while other upper-class girls her age are concernin 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/04/28/... The Age of Witches is the third of Louisa Morgan’s historical supernatural standalone novels about witches, and once more we are treated to a journey of incredible depth and magic led by strong female characters. In this one, readers are spirited away to the late 1800s where seventeen-year-old protagonist Annis lives in New York with her wealthy father and stepmother. But while other upper-class girls her age are concerning themselves with marrying well and being proper, Annis instead has dreams of becoming a horse breeder one day, starting a new line with her beloved stallion Black Satin. What our protagonist does not realize though, is that she is actually descended from a long line of magical women. But at some point in the past, there was a disagreement in ideology which split the family. Now Annis finds herself in the middle of a secret war of wills between two formidable witches: Harriet Bishop, her great aunt who believes that their powers should be used ethically; and Frances Allington, her stepmother who has thrown her lot in with black magic. Frances had ensorcelled Annis’ father to become the wife of one of New York’s richest and most prominent businessmen, but it’s not enough—chasing a noble title, Frances now wants to drag Annis across the ocean to England where she knows that the Marquess of Rosefield is almost broke and looking to wed a wealthy young heiress. Annis is furious upon learning about Frances’ plans but has no choice but to acquiesce when her father threatens to sell Black Satin. Reluctantly, she agrees to travel to England and meet the Marquess, but the truth is she has no desire to ever get married. Frances, however, has a secret trick up her sleeve. Using the same type of magic she used on Annis’ father, she concocts a spell to force an engagement between her stepdaughter and the young lord. Fortunately, Harriet is well aware of the depths Frances could sink to in order to get what she wants. Catching up with Annis, Harriet reveals everything about their lineage to the young woman. Together, they work to foil Frances’ agenda while protecting James, the strait-laced but kind-hearted Marquess of Rosefield, whom Annis has decided isn’t actually all that bad. What I love about Louisa Morgan’s novels about witches is that they each stand out individually, despite sharing many genre elements and motifs. Thematically, they all have a historical component with a focus on multiple generations, not to mention a strong feminist message championed by female characters who chafe against the expectations of their respective societies. In a way, this makes Annis quite typical of the author’s protagonists, but she also sets herself apart with the force of her personality and unique passions. She’s fiercely independent, for one, and can be single-minded to the point of exasperation. This girl also loves horses—and I mean, loves them—to the point where it pretty much drives every single aspect of her life. But of course, there’s also the magic that shapes Annis. I liked how The Age of Witches was probably the “witchiest” of the author’s books so far, packed with all manner of spells, cantrips and charms. The conflict of “good magic” versus “bad magic” was also explored in an interesting way, pitting family members on two sides of an age-old rift against each other. Still, like the previous books, I felt some of the feminist messages came through a bit muddled. In A Secret History of Witches, for example, it was the frustrating way the women boasted of their powerful magic but seemed only to ever use it to put men under their spell and get them pregnant. Here, Harriet is constantly expounding on the importance of using magic responsibly, yet she and Annis always seem to have a ready excuse for using it to take away someone’s free will—just because it’s minor influence or for payback against some prejudiced idiot shouldn’t make it okay. Still, I think we’ve made great strides in the characters in this one. While her women are always written extremely well, the author’s male characters in her other books have always struck me as overdone to the extreme with regards to their oppressiveness and abuse, so that they come across like caricatures rather than real people. Compared to them, James in this book was like a breath of fresh air, as he seemed to be written in a way to address those problems. And really, he was a perfect match for Annis, who came to realize that while there are plenty of terrible men like her father in the world, there are also kind souls like James with whom she can build a happy and healthy marriage. There were some downers in this book, such as what ultimately becomes of a certain character, but I did appreciate how Morgan was able to make readers feel sympathy for someone who probably doesn’t deserve it, and that’s a clear mark of a skilled writer. But overall, I would say the tone of The Age of Witches is generally lighter, and my heart melted at the happy ending which reminded me somewhat of a regency romance. At the end of the day, I had a very enjoyable time with this novel and would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of the author’s previous novels or if you are keen to try a historical fantasy about magic and witches.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍

    There are some books that make their intentions very obvious from the get go. LIKE this character. HERE is the history of our world. THIS is what you should feel. And all that does is make reading feel like a chore, like I'm being lectured or told what to do. And then there are some books like The Age of Witches that are so beautifully crafted they make reading an immersive experience that is almost effortless. There is no denying that this is expertly written. Louisa Morgan has this phenomenal a There are some books that make their intentions very obvious from the get go. LIKE this character. HERE is the history of our world. THIS is what you should feel. And all that does is make reading feel like a chore, like I'm being lectured or told what to do. And then there are some books like The Age of Witches that are so beautifully crafted they make reading an immersive experience that is almost effortless. There is no denying that this is expertly written. Louisa Morgan has this phenomenal ability to balance world building and character development that allow the reader to explore and determine for themselves how they feel about it all. Set in late 1800's, rebellious 18 year old Annis is independent and "un-lady like" and wants nothing to do with marriage. She would rather devote her time to her horses. Her disapproving stepmother Frances is a nouveau riche socialite who uses hidden magic to try to force her to fall in love with a British marquis to settle her down and gain a title for the family. An estranged aunt Harriet, who is the long lost cousin of Frances, and who is also secretly a witch, takes Annis under her wing to try to thwart her evil magic. I loved this story. It was simple and unexpected and I've never seen the execution of romance quite like this one. Especially since I didn't feel like either one of them was particularly likeable. And they certainly weren't drawn to one another of their own volition. But something about their story made me not want to stop reading. And the use of the evil stepmother trope was perfection. I loved that every character was nuanced., and I even felt bad for and could understand the villain's perspective at times. Nothing felt cartoonish or tacky or overdone. Even the magic itself was something raw from the earth, an invocation of herbalism and intent, nothing flashy or garish. It left it all feeling grounded, like this really could happen without us knowing. My only criticism is that the structure of the narrative towards the end felt drawn out. The story kind of lingers after the climax, with one or two mini plots introduced and resolved before the end. It felt a little slow and superfluous, but it was still enjoyable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Harriet Bishop is born from a long line of witches, and now practices her art of magic as a herbalist in New York City in 1890. Harriet has no children, and is keeping an eye on her great-niece Annis, who doesn't know Harriet exists for signs of power. But Annis is under the control of her stepmother Frances who practices a much darker kind of magic and has plans to use Annis for her own selfish nee I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Harriet Bishop is born from a long line of witches, and now practices her art of magic as a herbalist in New York City in 1890. Harriet has no children, and is keeping an eye on her great-niece Annis, who doesn't know Harriet exists for signs of power. But Annis is under the control of her stepmother Frances who practices a much darker kind of magic and has plans to use Annis for her own selfish needs, meaning Harriet may have to step up and do battle against a particular brand of evil. This was a wonderfully written book that completely captured me from the start and swiftly carried me through the entire story, and I didn't want to let the characters go. Louisa Morgan's type of witchcraft that she hones in her novels, and I previously read about in A Secret History of Witches, is absolutely fascinating and focuses a lot more on herbs and cantrips than sparks and explosions. I really love the methodical parts of this novel when Harriet would explain what type of herbs and plants she was using in her medicines and why she was using them. I think Louisa Morgan should bring out her own special herb/potions book as it would be fascinating. I loved the character of Annis as she was a horse girl after my own heart - she stood up for what she wanted, and was hard pressed to allow Frances or her father into forcing her into a marriage she didn't want. The relationship between Annis and James turned from sour to sweet in a very compelling way, and I enjoyed how Annis's character really grew during her stay in Rosefield Hall and how we, as readers, could see how much she fit in even if she didn't see it herself. There were some bits in this book that felt a little bit unfinished. We heard about Bridget Bishop who was burned for witchcraft in Salem at the start of the novel, and who is the witch Harriet, Annis and Frances are all descended from. Harriet mentions Bridget once or twice but then that's it. I was expecting more from Bridget's spirit at some point - particularly with Frances's brand of magic as it turned more potently evil. I also would have liked to see more from Frances as I felt her storyline kind of dwindled into nothing, and I really felt like there was so much more her character could give. I just didn't believe that that was all there was left of Frances.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Gilded age? WITCHES? OMG I NEED THIS

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yogaa Lakshmi

    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 dau 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 living 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 is 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. You can watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVKG... This novel follows a family of witches who each practice magic and different types of magic to various degrees, and who use it for both good and bad. The main story focuses on a young woman named Annis, whose stepmother Frances is obsessed with using darker magic in order to better her own position. While the reader gets to read from both of th I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. You can watch my video review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVKG... This novel follows a family of witches who each practice magic and different types of magic to various degrees, and who use it for both good and bad. The main story focuses on a young woman named Annis, whose stepmother Frances is obsessed with using darker magic in order to better her own position. While the reader gets to read from both of these perspectives, we also get to read from another perspective, Harriet, who is Annis's aunt. As Frances becomes more of a threat to Annis, we also get to read from another perspective, whose existence is also at risk due to her obsession for increasing her position within society. This is the second book I have read by this author now, and I can't wait to pick up more. Her writing is captivating! There is something about the way Louisa Morgan crafts her characters that makes me fall head over heels for them, especially the characters who aren't innately evil. Unlike a book of hers I'd read previously, A Secret History of Witches, this book follows just this generation of witches for the entire novel. I missed the aspect of jumping through generations at first, though now I am glad the we got to follow just these characters in this novel. It was a pleasure to spend time with these characters, indeed I couldn't put the book down. I also enjoyed the other aspects of this novel that didn't just focus on witchcraft. I enjoyed the romance aspect in this book particularly, and how something cannot be forced. The friendships in this book were also great to see, especially that of between Annis and various other side characters, but especially her maid Velma. This doesn't always come across as a friendship, but there are some truly beautiful moments between them. I'd go as far as to say, Velma is one of my favourite characters in the novel. She is brutally referred to as not being particularly bright many times, yet I think she shows a great awareness for situations and for peoples characters, and I adored her loyalty. Another strong friendship is that of one between Annis and her horse Black Satin, which was adorable to see. It made me miss horse riding a lot, and if you are a horse lover, there are plenty to be seen in this novel. I would love one day to see some little easter eggs within Louisa Morgans books that create subtle links between her novels, that would be the ultimate dream for me. That said, it has been a while since I read A Secret History of Witches, so maybe there are some and I just didn't spot them. I just love the idea of all these witches that I love all existing in the same universe. If you loved A Secret History of Witches, you definitely need to pick this book up. If you're looking for a book with witchcraft and romance, then you need to give this book a chance.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature! This is the third book I've read from Louisa Morgan and, much like the previous two books, it immediately enveloped me with an enchanting story of witches and intrigue. Morgan has proven to be a consistent writer who always delivers stories that combine strong characters with an engaging magic and a compelling narrative. The Age of Witches was such a comforting book to fall into during these uncertain times, and since I just read this at the end of M Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature! This is the third book I've read from Louisa Morgan and, much like the previous two books, it immediately enveloped me with an enchanting story of witches and intrigue. Morgan has proven to be a consistent writer who always delivers stories that combine strong characters with an engaging magic and a compelling narrative. The Age of Witches was such a comforting book to fall into during these uncertain times, and since I just read this at the end of March when everything was feeling chaotic, it was really something that fit my reading and attention needs perfectly. This book let me just lose myself into this world of witches and magic, as well as the conflicts and struggles that our main characters where struggling with. Harriet and Annis are the two main characters and POVs that we follow, though we also occasionally get chapters from Annis' stepmother Francis and the young Lord James. I loved the willfulness and stubbornness that both Harriet and Annis embodied as women in a time in which women still struggled to gain their independence from the men in their lives. Annis in particular is passionately attempting to follow her dream of one day becoming a breeder of horses, a career that provokes looks of shook at the mere mention of a woman knowing what breeding is. Harriet, on the other hand, is older and has had time in her life to forge ahead with her own independent path, something that she cherishes and hopes that Annis can also one day have. All three of Louisa Morgan's books have a slower overall pace, but The Age of Witches seems to be the slowest of the three with a plot that felt as though it had a really slow but steady build-up. I enjoyed the slow build, but I did feel as though there were more than a few places where it could have been moved forward at a slightly quicker pace. That being said, I had no problem keeping my attention and I wasn't ever bored by the slowness because I enjoyed all the different scenes Morgan incorporated into the story. As much as I enjoyed The Age of Witches, I can't ignore that there was still something about this particular book that didn't grab me as much as the previous two I've read. I'm not sure if it was simply because my mind was all over the place given the current global circumstances, but I just didn't quite connect with the plot in the same way I did the previous two. The stakes were technically pretty high, but things just felt a bit too subtle and easy for me at various points. It's hard for me to really describe where my struggle came from with this book, but there was some sort of lack of connection present that disappointed me a bit and made me think this book was sort of going through the same motions as the other books. But, just to contradict myself, I also loved the familiarity of this story because it really felt like coming home to something that I know and love. The last minor issue I have was that the last portion of this book dragged a bit. After the final climactic moment, there were more than a few additional sort of plot lines that were still left to wrap up or that were added that felt unnecessary and only there for the sake of extending the story. I didn't necessarily mind the extra content, but it just made the story feel like it had overstayed it's welcome when it could have wrapped up a bit quicker. The main reason this didn't cause more of an issue with me is simply because I enjoy the characters and spending more time with them. Overall, I've given The Age of Witches four stars. As I've mentioned, there were definitely some issues, but overall I still really enjoyed this story and I am thankful that it was able to be a book that took my mind off of things and let me just enjoy the story before me. Louisa Morgan crafts some truly magical books that are filled with the most incredible female characters, all with different personalities, goals, and values, and they are a genuine joy to read

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne Monteith

    I received a free digital ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest, unbiased review. I sincerely thank Netgalley, author and/or publisher for giving me this opportunity. This is a story of three generations of witches and two different types of magic. They are all descended from Bridget Bishop who was executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Era. Furious at her fate, she vowed to watch over her descendants and through them punish all men who think they can control women. A century late I received a free digital ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest, unbiased review. I sincerely thank Netgalley, author and/or publisher for giving me this opportunity. This is a story of three generations of witches and two different types of magic. They are all descended from Bridget Bishop who was executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Era. Furious at her fate, she vowed to watch over her descendants and through them punish all men who think they can control women. A century later, Harriet is the oldest surviving member of the Bishop family, she considers herself a healer and steers away from the darker arts of the practice. Her cousin Frances, however has been seduced to the darker side and uses the art to get what she wants. She used it to marry a wealthy man and become the step-mother of his young daughter and now she wants to become a member of the elite 400 and in order to do this her step-daughter Annis must marry one of them or marry into royalty in England. Annis has no idea that she has inherited any abilities or that she is related to Harriet. Her mother died when she was very young and once the wedding was over Frances refused to allow Harriet into the house and Annis has never seen her except in passing. She doesn’t want to ever marry; she wants to raise and breed horses an idea which is considered scandalous for a woman during that late 19th century This is a novel with three strong women, one who uses her powers to help and heal others, one who uses hers to get what she feels she is entitled to and the other who comes to realize that she has abilities and must decide which path to follow. It starts out slow but the pace picks up and I found that I could not put it down. I have read all the novels that this author has written and while some are better than others, she has become my favorite author for this type of novel. 4.5 STARS

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. DNF'd @ 25% The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan has so much potential and the concept is quite intriguing. Unfortunately, it ended up not being for me because it's so darn slow. As of a quarter of the way through this 448 page novel, next to nothing at all happens. While the writing itself is beautiful, I simply ended up losing interest. Thanks anyway, NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty:  History, witchcraft and romance collide in Louisa Morgan's beautifully written story about a secret family lineage. I’m a big fan of Louisa Morgan’s “witch” books, and it’s a given that I’ll read every one she writes. The Age of Witches is another winner, with a wonderfully immersive story and solid writing. I fell into t I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty:  History, witchcraft and romance collide in Louisa Morgan's beautifully written story about a secret family lineage. I’m a big fan of Louisa Morgan’s “witch” books, and it’s a given that I’ll read every one she writes. The Age of Witches is another winner, with a wonderfully immersive story and solid writing. I fell into this book as easily as diving under a cozy blanket, and I absolutely loved being back in one of her stories. This book was a bit on the slow side compared to The Witch’s Kind , but it really didn’t bother me that much, because I was riveted by the lives of these characters and all their emotional drama. The Age of Witches felt almost like a fairy tale, with it’s theme of good versus evil, a wicked stepmother, two innocents caught up in a battle between two powerful witches, and a satisfying, happily-ever-after romance. The story begins in 1890 and alternates between New York and England. Annis is a headstrong seventeen-year-old who loves horses and has no interest at all in getting married. Her dream is to breed her beloved stallion Black Satin and develop a strong line of horses, but her parents are obviously against this idea, mostly because that is not at all what proper girls do. Despite her protests, her stepmother Frances is determined to arrange a beneficial marriage between Annis and a titled bachelor, and Annis’ father threatens to sell Black Satin if she doesn’t comply with Frances’ wishes.  When Annis and Frances arrive in England to be introduced to the Marquess of Rosefield, Annis is immediately smitten by the Marquess’ stable full of Andalusian horses, but her meeting with James, the Marquess, is anything but smooth. James is put off by Annis’ frank talk of breeding horses, and Annis is unimpressed with James’ stuffy attitude about women. Unbeknownst to James and Annis, however, is the fact that Frances is a practicing witch, and she plans on using a type of witchcraft known as the maleficia to compel the two to fall in love. Luckily, Annis’s great aunt Harriet Bishop, who is also a witch, has gotten wind of Frances’ plan and has followed them to England in order to save Annis from her fate.  The Age of Witches has a lighter tone than Morgan’s last book, which isn’t a complaint but merely an observation. I have to admit I’m often drawn to darker themes, but this was a nice change of pace. Although there are some very dark elements in this story, Morgan didn’t go nearly as dark as she did in The Witch’s Kind , which I guess says a lot about me as a reader! I found the strongest elements in this story to be the relationships between the women, which doesn’t surprise me because that is one of Louisa Morgan’s specialties. This is also a much more linear story than some of her other books, so readers who don’t like time jumps should definitely consider this. Morgan dips back into the past to give us some history about the Bishop family and how siblings Mary and Christian split the family line into two types of witchcraft. Mary’s descendants practiced herb lore and healing, focusing on the positive aspects of the craft, while Christian’s family started using a form of witchcraft called the maleficia in order to manipulate people into doing their bidding. Harriet is saddened by the fact that her cousin Frances continues to use the maleficia , especially when her beloved grand-niece gets caught up in Frances' evil schemes. Even though this wasn’t a multi-generational story per se, I did love that the author showed us how these branches of witchcraft evolved over the years. She also touches on how witches have been feared and persecuted through time, and even Harriet, an herbalist who uses her powers for good, is lonely because everyone is scared of her. As much as I loved the witchcraft in the story, the characters and their relationships steal the show. I loved Annis and her fiery passion for horses and her complete lack of interest in getting married. Her relationship with James was actually pretty funny at times. Even though it’s obvious they’re perfect for each other—they both love horses and want to breed them—James just can’t get past the fact that Annis is interested in something so unseemly. And she rides “cross saddle” instead of side saddle, which is a sure sign that a woman is wanton, lol. Their relationship is resolved a bit too neatly at the end, but it didn’t bother me because I actually liked James and I wanted things to work out.  Frances is the perfect evil stepmother who wants nothing more than to improve her lowly status by having her daughter marry a wealthy man with a title, and she does some horrific things to Annis and James. But I was surprised to find myself feeling sorry for her later in the story. Annis turns out to be much more compassionate than I expected her to be, even though Frances was rarely kind to her.  But my favorite thing about this book was the relationship between Harriet and Annis. Morgan excels in writing mother/daughter–niece/aunt–grandmother/granddaughter relationships, those relationships where an older woman mentors a younger girl. I loved the scenes where Harriet is teaching Annis about her own abilities as a witch and how this shared secret helped form an unbreakable bond between them.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I can’t say that the plot surprised me much—I figured out everything that was going to happen, more or less—but there was something comforting about the story that made me very happy. If you haven’t read Louisa Morgan’s books, and you love historical stories with strong female characters and a touch of witchcraft, you really are missing out. Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The Age of Witches is a book I put down shortly after reading 20%, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I wasn't completely invested in the story. However, I already could see it had promise but I tend to put down books easily and get back to it later on. As soon as I started reading it again, the romance aspect of this book was introduced and I was hooked! I loved the story and the romance kept me interested. Overall, I'm so glad I finished it. My only regret is to be late since I read The Age of Witches is a book I put down shortly after reading 20%, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I wasn't completely invested in the story. However, I already could see it had promise but I tend to put down books easily and get back to it later on. As soon as I started reading it again, the romance aspect of this book was introduced and I was hooked! I loved the story and the romance kept me interested. Overall, I'm so glad I finished it. My only regret is to be late since I read an ARC and The Age of Witches was published three months ago. In this book, we follow four perspectives : Harriet, Annis, James and Frances. Harriet is an herbalist and a witch who helps people (rich and poor) with her remedies and magic. She lost her husband during the War. Even if she has to be discreet with her powers, she still manages to do good around her. Annis is related to Harriet even though she doesn't know it at the beginning of the book. She's a seventeen year old girl who wants to breed her horse to start a new bloodline. Unfortunately, being a female breeder isn't something that is being done at the time. Men would react badly and would be shocked that a woman would know how reproduction happens... Annis seem to shock people without even trying and James was no exception. At first, he was a bit old-fashioned and "prude" as his mother liked to call him once, and he and Annis didn't start on the best of terms. Frances is Annis' stepmother and also a witch. She decides to use her magic not to do good but for her own selfish reasons to obtain more power. After she bewitched Annis' father, she decides that it's time for Annis to get a husband and a title. Turns out, James and his mother have financial problems after the death of James' father and a wedding would give them just the solution... Frances will not stop until this marriage is done, even if it means controlling James and Annis against their will... Aaaand, that's all I'm going to say. I feel like I've already said a lot but honestly, if you're looking for a story about witches and with a romance inside it, then this book might be for you. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  15. 5 out of 5

    WS_BOOKCLUB

    https://wittyandsarcasticbookclub.hom... Thank you to Orbit Books and Angela Man for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book will be available on April seventh, 2020. Reading this book, I found myself in a “it’s not you, it’s me” situation. It was well written, but I just really didn’t care for it. Possibly, it was because the book didn’t seem to match its blurb. When I read the description, I expected a lot more action than there is in the book. I guess I failed t https://wittyandsarcasticbookclub.hom... Thank you to Orbit Books and Angela Man for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book will be available on April seventh, 2020. Reading this book, I found myself in a “it’s not you, it’s me” situation. It was well written, but I just really didn’t care for it. Possibly, it was because the book didn’t seem to match its blurb. When I read the description, I expected a lot more action than there is in the book. I guess I failed to take into account the time in which this book takes place. Annis comes from a long line of witches, but she is unaware of it. Her stepmother, Frances, is also imbued with powers. She decides to use them selfishly, in an attempt to gain herself notoriety. Here’s the first thing in the book that I wasn’t a huge fan of: the whole “evil plot” consists of making Annis marry someone with station so that Frances can be a part of the upper class. That’s a reason that just isn’t all that interesting to me, personally. I also didn’t really connect with the characters at all. Annis only cared about her horses and, when she thought about marrying rich, it was with an eye toward the horses she’d own and be able to breed. James, the other part of the duo, was a prude who didn’t think women capable of anything. It made it difficult for me to care about either of them. The slow-building possible-romance just didn’t work for me. The world was well-realized, however, and the writing was top-notch. Louisa Morgan wrote with an eye to detail that made it incredibly easy to visualize the settings. She told the story using four different points of view, but the switch-off was smooth and easy to follow. Despite the author’s obvious skill, this book just didn’t butter my biscuit.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was the perfect book for me. It had everything in that I love: strong female characters (especially in a time period when they were expected to be seen and not heard), historical setting (Victorian London & New York), witches, magical realism and a happy but realistic ending. It was un-put-downable and very easy to read. It is written beautifully. The characters are likeable and realistic with flaws. Their magic is natural and developed into the more enchanted. Harriet is a herbalist, France This was the perfect book for me. It had everything in that I love: strong female characters (especially in a time period when they were expected to be seen and not heard), historical setting (Victorian London & New York), witches, magical realism and a happy but realistic ending. It was un-put-downable and very easy to read. It is written beautifully. The characters are likeable and realistic with flaws. Their magic is natural and developed into the more enchanted. Harriet is a herbalist, Frances practices maleficia (dark magic) and Annis is discovering her strengths. Annis was my favourite character, refusing to conform to the stereotypes that were forced on a young lady of her birthright. Full review https://bexcapades.com/2020/04/21/age...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lizz

    I really wanted to like this book because I loved the concept was great. I love stories about powerful women and witches. This was just very slow to me and it was hard to keep my interest going. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters and I really didn't care what happened to them. Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stefani

    This book started as a 4-star book, then dropped to a 2-star book and finally by the end is an “it was fine” 3-star. The writing of this book was lovely. I found myself entranced by the prose and would look up to find that several hours had passed. Just last night I was so enthralled with the plot and the writing that I stayed awake reading until 2 a.m. It’s not surprising that the book only took me 3 days to finish. I love books about witches, probably because I am one. I love books that explor This book started as a 4-star book, then dropped to a 2-star book and finally by the end is an “it was fine” 3-star. The writing of this book was lovely. I found myself entranced by the prose and would look up to find that several hours had passed. Just last night I was so enthralled with the plot and the writing that I stayed awake reading until 2 a.m. It’s not surprising that the book only took me 3 days to finish. I love books about witches, probably because I am one. I love books that explore the role of witchcraft in history and how women have historically used this knowledge to empower themselves. The characters were rich and I enjoyed them all. The basic premise is that Harriet and Francis are descended from a witch named Bridget Bishop. Bridget was executed in the 1600’s for witchcraft. Harriet’s side of the family tree has adopted the gentler side of the craft, using it mainly for herbalism and assisting locals with their various ailments and ills. Francis’ side of the family tree had adopted the “bad” side of the craft, manipulating and magically forcing others to do their bidding in order to gain power for themselves. Annis is a young girl from the family tree who is just coming into her powers and for whom Francis has nefarious plans. Harriet endeavors to stop this plot and it culminates in a clash between the two witches with Annis as the prize. This book was a slow burn with not a lot of action to it, and I was fine with that. The information being presented was largely interesting and once we did get the showdown between Harriet and Francis it was really refreshing and exciting. That portion is what kept me up most of the night. ***Spoiler alert:*** From this point on there will be spoilers. (view spoiler)[The biggest problems I had with the book are the ending and that this book didn’t know what it wanted to be. Is it the story of Annis? A girl ahead of her time, bucking the norm, and determined to make her own way with her newfound powers. Is it the story of a 200 year old battle between two sides of a family to ultimately decide if they are bad witches or good witches? Is it a story of the temptations of good and evil and the blurry gray area in between? Unfortunately it could have been all of these things, but ended up being none of them. None of these things are explored in any depth and I was really disappointed by that. The ending was very plain. James and Annis decide that they didn’t just have feelings for each other because of magic, they actually do love each other and want to get married. How boring. How predictable. And then we are subjected to a very long lecture about how James might seem like a good man, but we should keep his manikin around just in case he decides to start behaving like an ass later. Because he’s a man after all, so you just never know and a woman can’t be too careful. Why can a novel not show us strong women without equaling telling us about how all men are asses? Even ones who aren’t asses but they might decide to be later because….well they’re a man. I am weary of it. It is possible to tell a story about strong, empowered women without demeaning men. I promise it is. There was also an unintended moral problem in the story. We are told early on that good witches use their powers to help, bad witches use their powers to compel. Bad witches will always succumb to darkness and be lost to a lust for power. But on at least 3 occasions the “good” witches use their magic to persuade people to give them things. A horse, money, and then more money. All for their own benefit. So while those people may not have been harmed, the man was reimbursed for the horse and the money was plentiful and wouldn’t be missed, does that make it okay? What is the difference between magically persuading someone to give you something and just outright forcing them to give you something? Unfortunately, I don’t think the author intended for this issue to be presented and so we never get the answer to that question. In the end, even evil magic can be tucked away in a corner for safekeeping…just in case, and one will still be a good witch. (hide spoiler)] Reviewed for Written Among the Stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    Oh my witchy goodness! The Age of Witches is a neat little tale about three witches in 1890 New York City. Everyone's mother is dead, this has created some T-R-A-U-M-A and each witch deals with it a bit differently. It's a classic tale of good vs. evil but with its own spin. We get some familial drama, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of MAGICK. I truly loved this book. The main female characters were interesting and you felt for each and every one of them. Kindness and justice are a huge Oh my witchy goodness! The Age of Witches is a neat little tale about three witches in 1890 New York City. Everyone's mother is dead, this has created some T-R-A-U-M-A and each witch deals with it a bit differently. It's a classic tale of good vs. evil but with its own spin. We get some familial drama, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of MAGICK. I truly loved this book. The main female characters were interesting and you felt for each and every one of them. Kindness and justice are a huge theme in this book and like, when is the last time kindness was a theme? The story moved along at a good pace to keep my attention and the writing was clean and direct, which I love. Was it perfect? No, but that's ok. At sometimes it was cheesy and Annis' dialogue made me roll my eyes at some points, but she is a teenager so I guess I can let it slide. James's chapters were dull and I wish it had just been from the women's point of view. If they needed one more perspective, James's mom would have been a more interesting one, I think. If there was a sequel *wink nudge*, I would definitely read it, and I plan on picking up Morgan's earlier works in the near future. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and RedHook Books in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Pinson

    This is a story of a young woman and her first excursions into magic and the effect it has on her life and those around her. There are strong female characters and close relationships.

  21. 4 out of 5

    K.S. Marsden

    The Bishop women have the gift of magic. Power at a time when women were powerless in a society run by men. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The narrative is shared by four characters. Annis is at the centre of the story. She doesn't know about her Bishop heritage from her deceased mother. She is born to a wealthy family, but does not wish to follow the expected behaviour and life of a young lady. She is headstrong, and wants nothing more than freedom and indep The Bishop women have the gift of magic. Power at a time when women were powerless in a society run by men. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The narrative is shared by four characters. Annis is at the centre of the story. She doesn't know about her Bishop heritage from her deceased mother. She is born to a wealthy family, but does not wish to follow the expected behaviour and life of a young lady. She is headstrong, and wants nothing more than freedom and independence. Annis' wishes are countered at every turn by her step-mother, Frances. Frances is also a distantly-related Bishop woman, who started life in poverty. She has used dark magic to control the people around her, and gain an advantageous marriage to Annis' husband. Now that Annis is old enough, Frances intends to sell her to a penniless English lord; so Frances can buy her way into New York's elite society. Luckily, Annis' estranged Aunt Harriet will do everything in her power to stop Frances' malicious plans. Harriet is a powerful practitioner, who understands the lure and danger of using dark magic. She's keen to steer Frances back to the light, before it's too late. The final narrator is James, the new Lord Rosefield who inherited an estate and a mountain of debt from his late father. Despite being pressured by his mother, he doesn't want to marry for money - especially not a brash American girl. He is a practical man, who has plans to save his estate, that doesn't involve depending on the dowry of a stranger. He's an innocent, who is the victim of Frances' magic, when he loses control of his feelings. Despite the fact that there's a lot of horses and magic in this book (my two favourite things!), the story was very slow-building. It's a period piece, written in a suitable style, but the plot took so long to get going, I did put the book down several times. It really picks up in the second half, as everyone comes together in England. Frances' manipulations quickly become apparent, and Annis has to study quick, if she is going to help her Aunt Harriet counter the curses. I liked that this is a family matter underneath it all. Despite being distantly related, and from a branch that has had a few dark/insane witches, Frances is still part of the family. She has always felt the outsider, and she is blinded by the drive to prove herself Harriet's equal, both socially and magically. I liked that the book looked at the position of women in society at the time (1890). I thought it was clever how each woman was simply trying to secure her place in a world run by fickle men. In their own special way. Annis is the most obvious, as she dreams of running a stud and creating a superior horse bloodline. In the absence of her work-aholic father, Annis has had the freedom to train Black Satin, a perfect stallion, whom she has put to stud with select mares. She has no need of a husband, or a father, or any other man to manage her money. Her father is an excellent businessman, and Annis wants to show she can do the same. Frances wants to be recognised as the elegant lady she has become, rather than the poverty she came from. She knows the society she lives in, and knows that the only way to get what you want, is to manipulate the right men. She is willing to pay any price to achieve her dreams. Overall, I enjoyed this story, and I look forward to reading more of the author's work.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Smith

    This was such an enjoyable novel. It had all of my favourite ingredients: historical fiction set in the Victorian era, witchcraft, botany/herbology, the bond that can exist between humans and horses, strong female characters, issues of female agency, and a love story without the romance. Absolutely ideal! I was initially drawn to this novel by the cover (isn’t it divine?) but I am pleased to say that the story itself more than lives up to its adornment. ‘Witch should be a beautiful word, signifyi This was such an enjoyable novel. It had all of my favourite ingredients: historical fiction set in the Victorian era, witchcraft, botany/herbology, the bond that can exist between humans and horses, strong female characters, issues of female agency, and a love story without the romance. Absolutely ideal! I was initially drawn to this novel by the cover (isn’t it divine?) but I am pleased to say that the story itself more than lives up to its adornment. ‘Witch should be a beautiful word, signifying wisdom and knowledge and discipline, but it isn’t used that way. It’s been made an insult, implying evil, causing fear. The word has been perverted.’ There are many layers to this story, making it incredibly engrossing and perfect if you’re looking for a novel to truly get lost in. Like I mentioned above, it’s set during the Victorian era, but split between England and New York’s Gilded Age. The story begins as a battle between two witches who are cousins but practice very different types of magic. One is determined to secure a marriage for her step-daughter and has no adverse feelings about using the dark arts to do so, even if it is against her step-daughter’s will. The other is determined to stop her, to protect her niece and the unsuspecting young man who has become an unfortunate pawn in this battle. When the battle does play out to a rather stunning conclusion, it occurs earlier in the novel than I expected but leads the story into a whole new, and quite engrossing, territory. There is really so much more to this story than what is conveyed via the blurb. ‘Annis, hairbrush in her hand, knelt before a lively fire in the small parlor to dry her hair. James found her there and held out his hand for the brush. “Allow me,” he said. Startled, Annis gave him the hairbrush and bent her head. With patient hands he untangled the strands of damp hair and began to brush. It was an oddly intimate experience, the heat of the fire against her scalp, the firm, slow strokes of the hairbrush, the occasional grazing of her cheek by James’s long fingers. Annis’s breathing quickened, and her heart beat a little faster at his nearness.’ Issues of female agency are examined under several different lights: organised marriage against one’s will, servitude, the exercising of a husband’s ‘right’ to institutionalise his wife; along with many and varied instances of morality and the balance of power within relationships, both conjugal and familial. This is a novel where the author has taken a theme and then really dug in deep into her era and the societal issues that were present within it. There is an overall supernatural story arc, but it acts as the glue to bind everything else together quite brilliantly. The Age of Witches is one novel that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Thanks is extended to Hachette UK for providing me with a NetGalley review copy of The Age of Witches.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    What an interesting book! This was my first book by this author but I found myself looking into her other books to read after I finished this one ! Bridget Bishop was hanged in 1692 in Salem she was accused of being a witch. Bridget Furious with her fate vowed to watch over descendants and punish any man who think they can control women. Now less than two hundred years late we follow Harriet and Frances two descendants of Bridget Bishop. Frances practices a darker magic while Harriet practices h What an interesting book! This was my first book by this author but I found myself looking into her other books to read after I finished this one ! Bridget Bishop was hanged in 1692 in Salem she was accused of being a witch. Bridget Furious with her fate vowed to watch over descendants and punish any man who think they can control women. Now less than two hundred years late we follow Harriet and Frances two descendants of Bridget Bishop. Frances practices a darker magic while Harriet practices herbal magic. Harriet focuses on providing help with healing and not using her magic recklessly while her cousin Francis uses her magic selfishly making sure she gets whatever she wants, like a husband, being wealthy which means using magic to get her stepdaughter Annis to marry a man that will get the family in a position to join the wealthy elite like marrying a British marquis . Annis who has no idea she’s a descendant of Bridget or that she has magical abilities, her mother had died when she was very young and has no idea what her stepmother is doing . Harriet wants to help Annis and teach her the correct way to use her abilities and not be like Francis and use magic selfish. The only problem is Harriet is estranged from her cousin ,so Annis doesn’t know who Harriet is. But when Harriet sees Francis using Annis as a pawn in her dark scheme Harriet steps in. You see Annis doesn’t want to ever marry she has a dream of breeding and raising horses but during the 19th century that is considered scandalous. Annis is independent and considered unladylike. What happens is a battle of good and evil. Three strong woman each going down their own path, one who uses powers to heal, one uses hers to get what she feels she’s entitled to, and one who realizes she has powers and has to choose her own path. I truly enjoyed this book the author has an amazing writing style I give this four stars! I loved how the magic wasn’t over done and flashy. The story line was perfect and really drew me in and it was the perfect escape.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sowmya (bookishelflife)

    DNF Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for my free e-copy for an honest opinion in return, unfortunately this book isn't for me. While it had very intriguing concept that includes history of generation of witches, it didn't keep my interest for long because of the pace.It is painfully slow for my liking which made it hard to connect with the characters or keep me moving forward with the plot, it had great potential to become a satisfying standalone if it isn't very slow paced. I woul DNF Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for my free e-copy for an honest opinion in return, unfortunately this book isn't for me. While it had very intriguing concept that includes history of generation of witches, it didn't keep my interest for long because of the pace.It is painfully slow for my liking which made it hard to connect with the characters or keep me moving forward with the plot, it had great potential to become a satisfying standalone if it isn't very slow paced. I would give it 2.5 stars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elie

    This book has great witches, some love, interesting family relationships. My favourite part was the witches. You meet 3 completely different, interesting witches with some very interesting powers. I really love how the book explains the powers these witches have and how the powers influence the world around them. The witches' powers are similar, but different at the same time and it was so interesting to read about their practices. This was the part of the book that fascinated me. I should have This book has great witches, some love, interesting family relationships. My favourite part was the witches. You meet 3 completely different, interesting witches with some very interesting powers. I really love how the book explains the powers these witches have and how the powers influence the world around them. The witches' powers are similar, but different at the same time and it was so interesting to read about their practices. This was the part of the book that fascinated me. I should have mentioned that this book is taking place in our world in the 1800s and the historical part was well presented. It gave me some historical fiction vibes and that was really good. I also enjoyed how the author presents the women's struggles in that time and how much our characters fight to break the barrier and become something more, something better. The only bit I didn't really like was the pacing of the book. It had a slow start. Then you get to some very fast action. At around 60% - 65% of the book I had the feeling that this was it. I was very confused why there was still around 35% - 40% left of the book. It felt like the big battle happened, the end should be just around the corner, but it wasn't. After this, everything felt a little dragged. Also, it became a romance book out of thin air. I kind of wanted the couple not to get together in the end, even though they are great characters and great people. I kind of felt that it was pushed for a happy ending and a marriage at the end.

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Harris

    I'm grateful to the publisher for a free advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. Following last year's The Witch's Kind (a book I loved) Morgan has gone back a few decades to the Gilded Age 1890s while still using her "actually existing witches" to shed light on customs and manners and, especially, on the position of women in society. Annis Allington is a seventeen year old woman living a comfortable life in New York. As daughter of a wealthy manufacturer (her father owns a business making iron I'm grateful to the publisher for a free advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley. Following last year's The Witch's Kind (a book I loved) Morgan has gone back a few decades to the Gilded Age 1890s while still using her "actually existing witches" to shed light on customs and manners and, especially, on the position of women in society. Annis Allington is a seventeen year old woman living a comfortable life in New York. As daughter of a wealthy manufacturer (her father owns a business making iron stoves) she can have pretty much whatever she wants - except for parental love. Annis's mother died when she was a baby; her father is withdrawn and money-obsessed. Stepmother Frances is there, but has her own plans for social advancement and only pays attention to Annis as far as those plans require it. The nearest thing Annis has to a mother is Mrs King, the cook - and the love of her life is her horse Black Satin ("Bits") who, in defiance of convention, she insists on riding astride rather than sidesaddle. We also meet Harriet, Frances' distant cousin (Annis is also a several-times-removed relative). Both Harriet and Frances are witches, descendants of Bridget Byshop, hanged in Salem as a witch two hundred years before. Harriet has followed a path of enabling, collaborative and healing craft, Frances the maleficia, magic used to control and even harm. As Frances begins to see a way to raise the family to the ranks of the Four Hundred, New York's glittering social elite, by snagging an English aristocrat for Annis to marry, the two women's different forms of practice come into opposition... I really enjoyed this book. Morgan has an easy way of writing - about life, relationships, magic - that carries the reader along so that the other-worldly aspects of her story don't stand out, they just seem obvious. There are matter of fact descriptions of bits of magic, of "knowing" things, of the effects of various workings on their practitioners, which seem just as much in place as Annis grooming her horses or her maid Velma fixing her hair. While there's an opposition between (broadly) good and bad uses for magic, these aren't stand-ins for cosmic good and evil. This isn't the sort of book where the characters are cyphers for contending powers, rather they're simply people, albeit rather unusual ones. Yes there can be consequences to what one does - but that's just life. Indeed the essence of this story is more a matter of romance - if you called it "Pride and Prejudice and Witches" you wouldn't be going too far wrong, especially in the sense that a major tension is between the aloof English aristocrat whose family seat is crumbling away and bleeding cash, and the (to him) brash American heiress who has the money to fix that but would rather pursue horse-breeding. Not an unfamiliar story or setting but Morgan does it very well, pointing up the powerlessness of Annis as a young woman in what Frances assures her is a man's world, the contempt heaped on her for not following the normal rules of society - and the privilege of great wealth that allows her, all the same, to get away with that. Being a witch may help one soften the edges of a rigid and patriarchal society, but it also has its dangers since it means being a woman who stands out. Both Frances and Harriet deal with this in their different ways and while that animates conflict in the novel (and leaves Annis having to make hard choices about her path in life) Morgan is careful not to judge anyone's motivations. Frances has had a hard life - she also lost her mother young and grew up poor. Her desire to climb in society arises from being the outsider, and ultimately it's this warped structure of social inequality that is to blame for much of what goes wrong. Annis has, as I've said, the advantage of money and is a sympathetic character but tellingly, we learn that she's never visited the servants' quarters in her own house and that when she does, she is surprised how cramped and cold they are. The central characters - Annis, Frances, Harriet and James, who we meet in England - are believable, relatable (even wicked stepmother Frances, or perhaps, especially Frances) and all have a degree of moral ambiguity to them - even Harriet isn't quite as pure as she'd have us believe. Indeed, I'd say this is the most perceptive and realistic side of the book. Morgan is very accurately depicting people as they might really be, if able to wield the kinds of magic that exist here and with no oversight or constraint (there's no cosy "Council" of witches to keep everyone in line). All in all, a fun blend of fantasy, romance and shrewd social observation. The latter is perhaps a degree less nuanced than it was in The Witch's Kind but the book shares with its predecessor a focus on capable, forthright women who are nevertheless constrained by the warped patriarchal society around them. I think I see Morgan setting things up for a possible sequel and I look forward to that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Snell

    This is the first book that I've read by Lousia Morgan, and I really enjoyed the combined feel of sorority and kinship, alongside something unobtrusively mystical. This book is set in 1890s New York. Harriet Bishop is descended from a long line of 'practitioners' and uses her knowledge of herbalism to support women in need. But when her distant cousin, Frances Allington, and stepmother of Annis, her estranged niece, threatens to use her own abilities for personal gain and manipulation, Harriet de This is the first book that I've read by Lousia Morgan, and I really enjoyed the combined feel of sorority and kinship, alongside something unobtrusively mystical. This book is set in 1890s New York. Harriet Bishop is descended from a long line of 'practitioners' and uses her knowledge of herbalism to support women in need. But when her distant cousin, Frances Allington, and stepmother of Annis, her estranged niece, threatens to use her own abilities for personal gain and manipulation, Harriet decides that she must step in. The journey takes her to England, where she must now save not only Annis, but also James, Marquess of Rosefield, from Frances' machinations. The three main women, Harriet, Frances and Annis are all excellent characters. They loosely represent the three ages of witches from popular culture (old, middle aged and young) but they also have their own passions and motivations. Annis is desperately fighting to bring in her own new century, one where she can breed horses and live independently. Harriet is more of the 'old guard', having learnt to live cautiously, whilst Frances' ambitions are a result of her own helplessness and experiences as a woman. I had a small epiphany whilst reading this book - at the time that it's set and, given the context of what she's experienced, Frances rails against the behaviour of men and how they have controlled every aspect of her life. But a worse betrayal is a woman controlling another woman's life and taking away her own autonomy, particularly in an age when men find that particularly easy to do. And truly making Frances the evil stepmother archetype villain of this novel. The story is good - the plot is quite exciting and pulls you in, whilst the pace is sedate and relaxed. It's not a hurried read, instead you're here to enjoy the journey and well-researched power of the natural world. Something odd happened though - at around 65% this novel felt essentially done for me. There were loose ends to tie up but it didn't particularly worry me that they were trailing. Sometimes I like a book that finishes that way. Instead I was staring at the remaining 35% thinking 'how can the things that need wrapping up take up another third of this novel?'. I don't mind, largely because I enjoyed the story, writing and herbalism/witchery. And sometimes it's nice to read a story without that sense of urgency.  But still, it would have been ok to end it there. And in fact, some of those things that I assumed would be resolved by the very end where still not quite there. Overall the novel felt very ... balanced. The actions the witches take are to balance and unbalance situations, sometimes in their favour, or as a counterpoint to someone else's actions, but no one comes away from the story as a clear 'winner', in the end, the ending is exactly that - balanced, but poised to tip one way or another. I received and ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    3.5/5 The Age of Witches opens with the death of Bridget Byshop in Salem in 1692. Accused of witchcraft by those who have turned against her, Bridget vows to continue her gifts through her ancestors - her good magic through her daughter Mary, and her dark magic or maleficia through her daughter Christian. In 1890, Harriet Bishop is one of the last descendants of Mary. She uses her gifts as a herbalist to cure ailments, and she also possesses "the knowing", a gift of foresight. Only she and young A 3.5/5 The Age of Witches opens with the death of Bridget Byshop in Salem in 1692. Accused of witchcraft by those who have turned against her, Bridget vows to continue her gifts through her ancestors - her good magic through her daughter Mary, and her dark magic or maleficia through her daughter Christian. In 1890, Harriet Bishop is one of the last descendants of Mary. She uses her gifts as a herbalist to cure ailments, and she also possesses "the knowing", a gift of foresight. Only she and young Annis Allington remain to carry on Mary's line. Of Christian's, all that remains is Frances, Annis' stepmother. Frances has everything she wants in life - but the maleficia has taken over. She is determined to take Annis overseas and marry her off long before Harriet ever has the chance to tell Annis who she really s and what she can do. This started off so strong - I see Salem, I read. I loved the thought of two different types of magic being carried down through two bloodlines. I liked Harriet a lot, I also really liked how Annis wasn't a typical "girl" of the time - she pushed boundaries, she trampled all over stereotypes, and she was headstrong. The main storyline itself was interesting, I was really invested in seeing what would happen with Annis and Frances overseas. Unfortunately for me, that's where it slowed down a little - and that's partly my own fault, because when it changed pace halfway through I expected it to continue to build until it came to a huge climax, because that's the type of book I'm so used to reading, and I shouldn't have done that. This really isn't about huge dramatic events, it's moreso about Harriet and Annis and how they grow and learn as people. It's YA Historical fiction at its finest - the writing is beautiful, the setting is lovely, the side characters like Velma and Grace leap off the page - but for me this was just a little too slow. It was almost 450 pages and by around 75% I just felt like there really wasn't anywhere else for the story to go. Thank you to the publisher for granting me access to a digital copy via Netgalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elzecatreads

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. The Age of Witches, due to be published on April 7, 2020, is Louisa Morgan's newest book in the loosely connected series of books that begins with A Secret History of Witches. The book begins with a prologue set in 1692 focusing on the death of accused witch Bridget Bishop, and then jumps easily to 1890s New York and England. The story's protagonist is Annis, a beautiful, headstrong 17 year-old who loves horses, Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. The Age of Witches, due to be published on April 7, 2020, is Louisa Morgan's newest book in the loosely connected series of books that begins with A Secret History of Witches. The book begins with a prologue set in 1692 focusing on the death of accused witch Bridget Bishop, and then jumps easily to 1890s New York and England. The story's protagonist is Annis, a beautiful, headstrong 17 year-old who loves horses, has zero interest in marriage or the typical proprieties of the age. Annis has little idea of the familial history of witches, healing, and power that she is connected to through both her mother, who died when Annis was a child, her stepmother Frances, and Frances' distant cousin Harriet, who also happens to be Annis' great aunt. Between Frances' scheming to gain societal acceptance through a good marriage match for Annis and Harriet's desire to protect the niece she has never really known, the story moves quickly and with great descriptions of what life was like during the Gilded Age. Ultimately, The Age of Witches is about love, family, accepting one's destiny vs. choosing one's way forward, and the balance of power between good and evil. "Today, when women have little power that is not granted to them by men, to be a witch is a very good thing." "Witch should be a beautiful word, signifying wisdom and knowledge and discipline, but it isn't used that way. It's been made an insult, implying evil, causing fear. The word has been perverted"

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A generational tale filled with magic! Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch in Salem in 1692, in 1890 two of her female descendants battle over using their magic for good and evil. Harriet uses her powers to help and heal others, knows a witch is meant to be a bringer of wisdom and beauty. But Francis her cousin has always used her magic for personal gain and wickedness. Francis ploys to solidify her family amongst the cities elite using magic but Harriet intervenes with the help of Annis, Frances A generational tale filled with magic! Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch in Salem in 1692, in 1890 two of her female descendants battle over using their magic for good and evil. Harriet uses her powers to help and heal others, knows a witch is meant to be a bringer of wisdom and beauty. But Francis her cousin has always used her magic for personal gain and wickedness. Francis ploys to solidify her family amongst the cities elite using magic but Harriet intervenes with the help of Annis, Frances's stepdaughter. It then becomes a battle of good vs evil! What a beautifully crafted story this is! Morgan expertly balances world building with character development. The female characters were strong and interesting. I dont usually enjoy a lot of romance but there was just enough here without being too much for me. I enjoyed her last book too and now I definitely want to read her first one A Secret History Of Witches. This is out April 7th and it was the perfect read to get me out of our current reality. • Thank You to the publisher for sending me this book opinions are my own. • For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong

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