I always appreciate a well crafted story especially when the story has fairytale elements. Witches, lost children and dark atmosphere is my jam. I appreciate the work that it takes to craft magical worlds. Personally, I am a fan of old world elemental magic stories. Since Harry Potter was released there has been so many books about magic but not elemental magic. So when V.E. Schawb’s book The Near Witch came out and I read the synopsis I knew I needed to read it.
Synopsis: A girl finds herself to a mystery when local children start going missing.
What I liked: Schwab is truly a talented storyteller. For me this book was like falling down a rabbit hole. The language and the character and all the little nuances that are written into the story. The pacing was a little slow for about 20 pages, however, Schwab was building the story of the village of Near so that was understandable. I appreciated the myth like structure to this story. It wasn’t magic like abracadabra magic but older more elemental magic which was written beautifully. Her characters are so well written that by the time you finish the story you feel as though you know them.
What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like
Star Rating: 4 Stars
My Thoughts: I appreciated the way magic was portrayed in the book, elemental and old. The story crafting and the world building was beautiful. I enjoyed so much of the beauty with the moors. However, this story goes much further than that. One of the things that I enjoyed was the way that Schwab peppered just a little bit of feminism through the story. The idea that women can do anything that a man can do and sometimes do it better. That was a really lovely part of the story.