WITCH by Finbar Hawkins #instatour

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A storm is coming.

After witnessing the murder of her mother by witch-hunters, Evey vows to avenge her. Fury burns in her bright and strong. But she has promised her mother that she will keep her gifted, little sister Dill, her mother’s favourite, safe.

But battling terrible jealousy, Evey abandons Dill with their Aunt Grey at the coven in the woods, and sets off to town where crowds are gathering for the witch trials.

As the lust for blood and retribution rises to fever pitch, will Evey keep true to the bonds of sisterhood and to her witching ways?

With an enchantingly dark, wintery atmosphere and beautiful lyrical writing, WITCH is the perfect read for fans of A Skinful of Shadows by Francis Hardinge, Witch Child by Celia Rees and Witch Hill by Marcus Sedgwick.

Praise for WITCH: 

  • ‘Raw, mystical and beautifully told … A striking debut.’ Kirsty Applebaum, author of The Middler, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020
  • ‘An assured debut of sisterhood and fury.’  Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
  • ‘I loved it. I loved how atmospheric it was, I loved the fierce loyalty of Evey and Dill, I loved how I could smell the weather on every page.’ Emma Kennedy, author of the Wilma Tenderfoot series
  • ‘I felt its dark jewelled cloak fall about my shoulders and magic me to the time of witch-craft. A story that captures sibling rivalry so perfectly and tells its tale so beautifully I didn’t want it to finish.’ Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa-winning Asha and the Spirit Bird
  • Witch is a rare thing, a book both brilliant and original, as strange and dark as it is beautiful. A tale of revenge set in war-ravaged landscape, ruled by fear and superstition; of redemption and love between two sisters; of the corrupting power of ‘Magick.’ All this. And more besides.’ Chris Vick, author of CILIP Carnegie shortlisted Girl.Boy.Sea
  • ‘Bold, original, powerful story-telling. This story of fierce love, anger and revenge, war and witch hunts, is tense and bloody and compelling.’ Julia Green, author of The House of Light
  • ‘I couldn’t stop reading this 5-star story for teens, full of witchcraft,revenge and the power of women.’ Mel Darbon, author of Rosie Loves Jack
  • ‘A book filled with enchantment, in every sense. Dark, exciting and pacy, Witch brilliantly balances magic and realism’ Anthony McGowan, author of Lark, winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020
  • ‘From the first page, my heart was hooked by this dark and twisty tale of old magic, love and revenge. The story thunders like a force of nature.’ Julie Pike, author of The Last Spell Breather
  • Witch grips you in its spell from first page to last. It’s a stunningly written story of loss and love, of eerie magic, high adventure, and the ties that keep us strong in darkness and bring us safely home. As fierce, beautiful and thrilling as a bird of prey in flight.’ Jonathan Stroud, author of the Lockwood & Co. series

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About the Author

Finbar Hawkins. Credit Gavin Strange copyFinbar Hawkins is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People. He grew up in London and now lives in Wiltshire with his family, in a place steeped in myth and legend. He is a creative director for Aardman in Bristol, where he makes fun interactive things for children of all ages.

Follow on twitter @finbar_hawkins

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