Maximum Shelf: THE ORPHAN WITCH (5/24/21)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Paige Crutcher’s THE ORPHAN WITCH, a spell-binding story about the sisterhood of magic and one woman’s quest to find her place in the world.

Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.

After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.

Answers. Family. Home.

And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and even older family feud. Love might be the magic that saves them all.

THE ORPHAN WITCH draws extensively on the existing lore and legends of witchcraft, as Crutcher imbues each page of the novel with as much feeling of magic as one might imagine in the air of Wile Isle itself. Those with a keen eye for detail will delight in the small nods to witches and magic throughout…. And that proves to be the perfect moody and atmospheric backdrop for Persephone’s journey to self-discovery, as she finally stops running from her power–and therefore herself–and chooses to confront everything that scares her in the world in order to maybe, finally, find a place–and people–she can call her own. THE ORPHAN WITCH marks an exciting new voice in fantasy writing.”–Shelf Awareness


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