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In The Land of Winter by Richard Grant

 

From Library Journal
This delightful modern fairy tale blends myth and magic with intolerance and hysteria to deliver the message: don’t mess with a witch. Single mom and do-it-yourself witch Pippa Rede works in a trendy shop, lives with her disapproving great-aunt, and nurtures her beloved nine-year-old daughter, Winterbelle. When voices in the village raise cries about ritualized abuse (escalated to QROST, quasi-ritualized occultic sexual traumatization), Pippa loses first Winterbelle (to the authorities), then her job and home. With a small band of supporters?a civil libertarian lawyer, a witch friend, an elfin boy, a representative from Witches Against Negativity and Discrimination, an elderly woman, and a gentleman who goes on duty two weeks a year as a werewolf?Pippa prevails, calling on her inner resources and beliefs and emerging a stronger witch and woman than ever. Grant (Tex and Molly in the Afterlife, LJ 9/15/96) has a wonderful, witty feminist fable here, suffused with the supernatural yet grounded in morality. Highly recommended.?

The Spook’s Apprentice or The Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

 

Book Description

Capturing witches
Binding boggarts
Driving away ghosts

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried–some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice.

Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county … ?

Waking Dream by Rhiannon Lassiter

 

Synopsis
When Bethany’s father dies she feels her life is over. Forced to spend the summer with her awful cousin Poppy, she escapes into her daydreams instead. Poppy is always the centre of attention. Pretty and popular, she uses black magic to keep it that way. But secretly she’d like to leave it all behind. When Rivalaun, a beautiful, strange boy, arrives out of nowhere to claim he’s their cousin, all three start to doubt that what they’ve been told about themselves is true. Unable to resist the chance to find out who they are, they follow the truth that calls from their dreams. But, as sleep closes in, can they be sure they will wake again?
In an astonishingly dark and powerful story, magic and reality interweave to produce a heart-stopping, sometimes terrifying glimpse of another world – is it death, or dream? On a table lie three books, each with a name on the front: Bethany, Poppy and Rivalaun. Bethany’s father has just died and she feels abandoned by her mother, who has sent her to spend the summer with her awful cousin Poppy. Poppy is spoiled, loved and thinks she’s a witch. Rivalaun says he has travelled from another world to be there – and that only he knows what the three books mean. The three have little in common… until they sleep when, in their dreams, they suddenly seem connected. But their dreams tell them something else as well – that everything they have known about themselves is a lie. Which should they believe – their lives or their waking dreams…?

Affinity by Sarah Waters

 

Book Description
An upper-class woman, recovering from a suicide attempt, visits the women’s ward of Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitation. There she meets Selina, an enigmatic spiritualist-and becomes drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own.

“Unfolds sinuously and ominously…a powerful plot-twister. The book is multidimensional: a naturalistic look at Victorian society; a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica.” (USA Today)

“Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative-Sarah Waters’ second novel is all of these wrapped into one, served up to superbly suspenseful and hypnotic effect.” (The Seattle Times)