The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson is a “bookstagram made me do it” read. I saw it being posted everywhere before it’s release. The day it released I went to go buy it because I just could not wait.
The book introduces a land called Bethel. Bethel is a religious land with strict practices. They follow the Prophet…blindly. (For lack of a better word.) There are stories that a Prophet from the beginning had hunted down and killed 4 witches, which the community celebrates. Immanuelle was born a disgrace. Her mother had an affair and Immanuelle is the product of that relationship. Now as a young woman, she does her best to conform with her society and tends to her flock as a shepherdess. One day, she finds herself lost in the Darkwood and is approached by the witches of the old tales. She is given a diary written by her mother. This diary will open her eyes to the society in which she lives and the Church that they follow.
“Good people don’t bow their heads and bite their tongues while other good people suffer. Good people are not complicit.”The Year of the Witching
We do not deserve the author, Alexis Henderson. This masterpiece is her debut?! This book is everything I wanted to read this Fall season. It is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Witches and I am here for every moment. The story really grabs religious extremism and blind faith concepts. She takes this horror fantasy story and weaves real-life issues such as racism, corruption, and oppression.
The characters are also phenomenal. Immanuelle’s development is just perfect. In the beginning, she conforms to the society, but by the end, she is determined to find herself and her family. Ezra is also perfect. He lifts Immanuelle up and treats her like the goddess she is. This book is easily one of my favorite books this year! I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!