Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  7 January 2021

Format: E-Arc

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Source: NetGalley

Blurb

In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld.

Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft – as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her – she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer.

But if she can’t, it will be her downfall – and that of everyone she’s not supposed to love . . .

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Review

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

The end of October was meant to mark the end of my witchy recommendations,  but I HAVE ONE MORE!  The Witchling’s Girl is atmospheric, dark and such a unique  witchy read.

On the day Haley  reawakens her pet cat, who had just died, her mother delivers her to the Witchling’s house, to spend the rest of her life training to take over the Witchling’s position.  Devastated, young  Haley tries everything to escape her fate, but every village must have a Witchling.  Without one their sick would not be healed, their babies may not be born alive and there would be no-one to carry their dead to the underworld….or re-animate them if  the family  wishes.  As she learns the ways of the Witchling, the vows she must take, including the forsaking of all loved ones and any chance at a future relationship or family, seem harder and harder to live by.

I love my witchy books to be the type that pull me in to  a dark world, and hold me spellbound until  the end and  The Witchling’s  Girl captivated me from the very start.  There is  nothing fluffy about the magic performed by the Witchling and the story is full of closely held  secrets and the raw brutality of the inescapable parts of life.  This book is not a rush of action, it develops at a meandering pace that is perfect for a spooky read.  The characters are exceptionally well developed and although there were a lot of side characters to keep track of, I never had a problem connecting the dots of who was who.  I loved the way we got to watch Haley grow, as the elder Witchling aged, throughout the story. It connected me so completely to them both.  The writing was nothing short of magical and this haunting story took my emotions and shook them to the core.  Make sure you add this one to your TBR!

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