The Witches at the End of the World
by Chelsea Iversen
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Pub Date 17 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2023
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Rage burns brighter than any spellfire...
Deep in the birchwoods of Norway, magic courses through the veins of two sisters. For years they've been alone, but sweet-tempered Kaija is tired of living in shadows and longs for a life filled with community, even if it means stifling her magic. But Minna is a witch through and through, with wrath always simmering just below the surface. Different as they may be, both will never forget the day they were driven from their village. The day their mother burned.
When Kaija leaves to pursue a new life, Minna is left alone in the darkness of the forest. Devastated and outraged at the betrayal, Minna casts a curse to punish those who took everything from her. What she doesn't realize is that this act will incite a deadly chain of events. Soon it will destroy everything, including the life Kaija has lovingly built. But once a witch's rage boils, regret means nothing—she can't take back what's already done.
Someone will have to burn.
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Chelsea Iversen does a great job with creating the story and making uniquely written characters. I enjoyed what I read a lot and glad it was so well written. The story worked well overall and I loved the use of witches. It had everything that I was looking for from the description. I can't wait to read more from Chelsea Iversen as I enjoyed this a lot.
"But it kept me from doing what I should have done the moment I discovered her gone, which was to send her another rainstorm or maybe some hail. Maybe I could have pointed the wind southward, pushing her back up the hill. I could have brought her back here, apologizing and asking for my forgiveness. By the time I recovered my voice, I knew she was too far to turn back because of a storm."
I really enjoyed this book! In truth, it felt more like quiet, dark fantasy. The prose was lyrical and poetic. The worldbuilding was beautifully and intricately done. The cast of characters was amazing. Especially Tante Tilde's mentoring of both Kaija and Minna. I especially loved the juxtaposition between the scenes of the village as Kaija desperately tried to reclaim ownership of her own life, albeit by changing her identity, and Minna's scenes in the woods, her growing desperation and fury. At the heart of this story, though, was the relationship between the two sisters, which was great. You could tell that they were so intertwined with each other that there was no removing each other from themselves, no matter the depths of their betrayals or sins against each other.
Definitely would recommend this book to others!
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Kaija and Minna live in the birch forest with their grandmother. They both were born to a family of witches but they have very different types of magic. Minna's magic is dark and wild and fierce while Kaija's magic is gentle yet strong. When their grandmother dies Kaija makes the decision to return to the village where they were born- and where their mother was burned as a witch .The events that unfold will test both girls to the limits of their strength and beyond. Hypnotic storytelling and fascinating characters make for a gripping and compulsive read. Don't miss this one, it will have you holding your breath until the very end!
the story follows two witches - Minna and Kaija, living alone in the forest, after the death of their grandma, as they decide what to do with their lives next.
i loved the writing and the witchy vibes in general. i also really enjoyed the difference in the sisters' povs, in how they both see the world in such different ways that it's impossible for them to understand eachother with ease.
overall, i liked the story and the way it was told a lot. and it had some good plot twists too. great book!
Fantasy books involving magic and witches are among my favorite tropes, so I was so excited to read this book. A darker fantasy that I loved. The magic system was intricate and exciting, and the world-building was fantastic. I loved it. I’m going to add this one to my favorite list.
I really enjoyed this! If you like witches, magic, and a well done and easily pictured setting, this is for you.
Loved the story, the setting and the magic. This was well-written and easily consumed. My only issue was it was a bit slow in places, but still a good read.
Would definitely read more by this author.
Thank you so much for letting me be an ARC reader!
4.5 stars rounded to 5.
I was intrigued by the description, and I liked the cover design.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I would describe it as a dark fantasy novel. The writing had a dark, eerie quality, but at the same time, it felt magical. I was very interested in the characters and the stories they had to share, and I was gripped. I understand that this is the author's debut novel, and I hope there will be more, because I'd be interested in reading them.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy to review.