The Familiars

Title: The Familiars Writer: Stacey Halls Publishing House: MIRA Date of Publication: February 19th 2019 (first published February 7th 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Justice means fairness. Luck of prejudice.’’ I’ve always loved Pendle Hill and the stories of the women who were accused of witchcraft during one of the darkest moments in the history of Europe. The fascinating legends found…

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Title: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Writer: Various edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: September 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.’’ If we substitute the word ‘’witch’’ with the word ‘’woman’’, we will be able to understand the reasons and…

Chinese Ghost Stories

Title: Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Lafcadio Hearn Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication:  September 10th 2011 (first published 1887) Rating:  4 stars “You will ask me who she was-beautiful Xue Tao…Gor thousands of years and even longer, the trees have been whispering over her stony bed. And the syllables of her name reach…

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3)

Title: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Random House UK Date of Publication: January 10th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yesterday she saved your life, slew a wicked magician, set fire to Moscow and then saved it all in a single night. Do you think she will consent to disappear, for the price of…

Odette

Title: Odette Writer: Jessica Duchen Publishing House: Unbound Date of Publication: 29th November 2018 Ratings: 5 stars ‘’Now I talk but you don’t believe me.’’ My mother and I have a Christmas tradition that we try to follow religiously every year.  Both being avid lovers of ballet, we have associated Christmas with this beautiful form of Art. Usually,…

The Brides of Rollrock Island

Title: The Brides of Rollrock Island Writer: Margo Lanagan Publishing House: Knopf Books Date of Publication: January 1st 2009 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Rollrock is a lonely island of cliffs and storms, blunt fishermen and their fierce wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of…

Melmoth

Title: Melmoth Writer: Sarah Perry Publishing House: Serpent’s Tail Date of Publication: October 2nd 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Look! It is winter in Prague: night is rising in the mother of cities and over her thousand spires. Look down at the darkness around your feet, in all the lanes and alleys, as if it were a soft black dust; look…

Stork Mountain

Τitle: Stork Mountain Writer: Miroslav Penkov Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: March 15th 2016 Rating: 3 stars “You use legos to build castles while we use them to make weapons.” My love for Balkan Literature led me to a (supposedly) promising writer from Bulgaria and his first novel named Stork Mountain. Miroslav Penkov was born in…

Everything Under

Title: Everything Under Writer: Daisy Johnson Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: July 12th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The places we are born come back.’’ Sometimes, when we have the chance to read the debut work of certain writers, we know that they are destined for great things from the very first pages. Lately, this has happened…

The Gloaming

Title: The Gloaming Writer: Kirsty Logan Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: April 19th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Ahead of her was only this: dozens of bodies turned to stone, and then the edge of the cliff. The glimmer of rocks. The lure and chew of the waves.’’ When I read Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child, I…

Achilles

Title: Achilles Writer: Elizabeth Cook Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: February 9th 2002 Rating: 5 stars ”We honoured you like a god while you were alive. No one could match you. Now that you’re dead we still speak of you as one who will never be surpassed.” Achilles. A name loaded with myths and History, a man who became…

Black Cats and Evil Eyes

Title: Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions Writer: Chloe Rhodes Publishing House: Michael O’ Mara Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2012 Rating: 1 star ‘’No matter how certainly we know that the spirits of the damned aren’t lurking under ladders hoping that we might sneeze at just the right moment for them to take…

Miss Subways

Title:Miss Subways Writer: David Duchovny Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Because ye old gods are not dead. They walk among us still, with their pagan ideas and habits, waiting for reanimation. They are lonely. They are bored. And very, very pissed off.’’ Well, this is a difficult task, writing…

Medea

Title: Medea Writer: Christa Wolf Publishing House: Nan A. Talese Date of Publication:  October 24th 2012 (first published 1996) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am Medea, the sorceress, if you all will have it so. The wild woman, the foreigner. You shall not belittle me.’’ I’ve always declared-to the dismay of many- that if I ever had a daughter, I would…

North Wales Folk Tales for Children

Title: North Wales Folk Tales For Children Writer: Fiona Collins Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: May 2nd 2016 Rating: 4 stars ”…under the stone, two dragons are curled up, fast asleep. All day, they sleep, but at night they wake, and then they fight. Their battle destroys your tower each night.” Wales, lovely, mysterious, mythical Wales… A…

The Language of Thorns

Title: The Language of Thorns Writer: Leigh Bardugo Publishing House: Imprint Date of Publication: September 26th 2017 Rating:5 stars ”You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled- not with all the good food or sunshine in the world.” Leigh Bardugo is a writer that doesn’t need introductions….

Egg and Spoon

Title:Egg and Spoon Writer: Gregory Maguire Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication:  September 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Your life story is really about how the hands of history caught you up, played with you, and you with them. History plays for keeps; individuals play for time.’’ Prepare for a journey in the mystical land of Russia in…

East Yorkshire Folk Tales

Title: East Yorkshire Folk Tales Writer: Ingrid Barton Publishing House: The History Press Ireland Date of Publication: April 15th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ”May night is, as everyone knows, a chancy time of the year, the hinge between spring and summer, when all sorts of magic seep into our world from the Other. At that time it is possible to…

Lancashire Folk Tales

Title: Lancashire Folk Tales  Writers:  David England, Jennie Ruth Bailey Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: June 1st 2014 Rating: 3 stars “Sir Lancelot, you may be surprised to hear, has a close association with the county. ‘Lanc’ is the Celtic term for a spear, and ‘lot’ refers to the people of the land, hence ‘Lancelot’s shire’ or as…

The Secret Life of the Owl

Title: The Secret Life of the Owl  Writer: John Lewis-Stempel Publishing House:  Doubleday Date of Publication:  October 19th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “Owls, then, are Other. They are beyond the pale of light, civilization, goodness. When the medieval English needed a neologism for the crime of midnight, smuggling of wool fleeces to France, what did they offend? ‘Owling’. “  I don’t…