Posted in 2021, finbar hawkins, First Read, historical fiction, literary fiction, Novel, Top Books

Witch by @finbar_hawkins

Set in the 17th century, a breath-taking debut, and a potential prize-winner, about the power of women, witchcraft, fury, revenge and the ties that bind us.

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

As the lust for blood and retribution rises to fever pitch, will Evey keep true to the bonds of sisterhood and to the magick that is her destiny?


I never did no magick.


(@_ZephyrBooks, 1 October 2020, ebook, 277 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle)




This is a debut. I thought Witch was a terrific read and look forward to reading what the author comes up with next. I’ve red books that cover similar themes and ideas but not as well written, rich and compelling as Witch. There’s something really special about this book. The book is quite dark at times given it’s set during a notorious era of witch trials, paranoia and hatred but the love between the female characters specially Evey and her sister and Evey and Anne, the woman who helps her really brings the book to life. I got yanked into the story from the first lines and couldn’t stop reading. This is an impressive debut.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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