As many of you know, some books are very difficult to review. I definitely struggled with «The Age of Witches» by Louisa Morgan, considering that I finished it at the beginning of May and only sitting down to finally put my thought on paper [well… on screen] on June 10th, almost one month later.
There were many weekends when I thought “This is it! I’m writing this review!” and then not actually doing it because I couldn’t find the right words to describe how I felt about «The Age of Witches».
Most of it is due to the fact that I’m too stubborn and try to avoid reading reviews of books I haven’t read yet to not get “influenced”. This often results in me requesting books on NetGalley that are not my cup of tea, and I could have figured that out by reading 1 or 2 reviews on GoodReads!
Harriet Bishop, descended from a long line of witches, uses magic to help women in need — not only ordinary women, but also those with powers of their own. She must intervene when a distant cousin wields dangerous magic to change the lives of two unsuspecting young people… one of whom might just be a witch herself.
Frances Allington has used her wiles and witchcraft to claw her way out of poverty and into a spectacular marriage with one of New York’s wealthiest new tycoons. She is determined to secure the Allingtons’ position amongst the city’s elite Four Hundred families by any means necessary — including a scheme to make a glorious aristocratic match for her headstrong and reluctant step-daughter, Annis, using the same strange power with which she ensnared Annis’s father.
To save Annis from this dark magic, Harriet reveals to her Frances’ misuse of their shared birthright and kindles in Annis her own nascent powers. Together, Harriet and Annis must resist her stepmother’s agenda, lest she — and the dashing young lord she suspects she could come to love — lose their freedom, and possibly their lives
Thank you Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK – Orbir, for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.
Aside from my slight disappointment with the overall story of this book, I still read it very quickly and found some very well-done elements that I have to share with you!
WHAT I LIKED:
1 – Reading this book reminded me of just how much I actually like historical fiction! I don’t know why I don’t read it more often. Do I find that genre a little bit intimidating? I have a couple of Ruta Sepetys and Ken Follet books sitting on my shelves that I KNOW I’ll love, but I still avoid them and keep reading fantasy and sci-fi. In fact, this year probably has a higher number of fantasy books ever.
In «The Age of Witches» Louisa Morgan transports us to the late 1800s New York, and oh my, the feeling of that era was fabulous. I loved Louisa Morgan’s writing style. It felt so effortless and easy to read, but beautiful at the same time. Her descriptions of places and people were probably one of my favorite elements in the whole book and the reason why I kept wanting to read more and more of the story.
2 – Related to the previous point, I also have to mention the role of women in society and how Louise Morgan wanted to challenge the established order by giving Annis such a wild and strong spirit.
Annis wasn’t my favorite character, but I can’t deny how important her role was, and not only in the story about witchcraft or the story about love but more so in the society – the hope that headstrong women can get what they want and break the stigma.
3 – How very unique all female characters were in this book. «The Age of Witches» is filled with important female characters – from the main protagonist to the side-characters, each one of them had very distinct personalities.
I wanted to love Annis, but her stubborn nature just didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to love Harriet but somehow she was the least interesting out of all of them. Frances had an incredible character arc and made for a great villain.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
1 – The main reasons why I didn’t like «The Age of Witches» as much as I thought I would is the slow burn romance. While it makes all the sense to be in the story, and it’s doesn’t actually take the main stage. We still focus primarily on witchcraft. But as I didn’t connect with Annis, the romance didn’t do much for me either.
Once again, I’m talking about a book which, at first glance, has all the things I tend to love in my books, but still something was missing, something didn’t work for me and I was left disappointed.
Have you read any Louise Morgan books? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!