So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
When the Moon Was Ours is a magical realism novel that follows Miel, a girl who grows roses out of her wrist, and a trans boy, Sam, who is an artist. There is a side character, Aracely, who is a curandera, and she helps lovesick people. There are also the Bonner sisters, four girls that may or may not be witches, but everyone in town fears them in some way. It’s a slow, character-driven book about love, trauma and understanding, and it’s one of my favorite books of this year.
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
In The Secret of a Heart Note, the main character Nim is a love witch, but unlike the curandera from When the Moon Was Ours, she helps people to fall in love. It’s a contemporary fantasy book I liked, but it had one of my least favorite tropes (the “main character is cursed/magical and because of that they can’t fall in love”).
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Labyrinth Lost is the first book in the series Brooklyn Brujas, a trilogy that follows a family of brujas, latinx witches. Every book in the series will follow a different sister; the first one is Alex, a bisexual witch who doesn’t like magic. I didn’t like this first book that much when I read it, but I want to reread it to see if my rating was unfair/I just wasn’t in the mood for it/my expectations were too high.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
The Bone Witch is the first book in a fantasy series that follows Tea (pronounced like Tay-uh), who is dark asha – a bone witch, a witch who can raise the dead and use her powers to control the daeva, ancient dangerous monsters. It’s a slow book and it’s kind of a villain origin story told trough flashbacks; I liked it.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is one of my favorite books of all times. Uprooted is inspired by Polish traditions and fairytales, including the story of the witch Baba Yaga. It’s about an evil wood and the people who want to stop it from invading the valley. The main character, Agnieszka, is a unconventional witch even for this world.
What are your favorite books about witches?