The Orphan Witch by Paige Crutcher
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Format Read: e-arc
Summary: A deeper magic. A stronger curse. A family lost…and found.
Persephone May has been alone her entire life. Abandoned as an infant and dragged through the foster care system, she wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. To someone. However, Persephone is as strange as she is lonely. Unexplainable things happen when she’s around—changes in weather, inanimate objects taking flight—and those who seek to bring her into their family quickly cast her out. To cope, she never gets attached, never makes friends. And she certainly never dates. Working odd jobs and always keeping her suitcases half-packed, Persephone is used to moving around, leaving one town for another when curiosity over her eccentric behavior inevitably draws unwanted attention.
After an accidental and very public display of power, Persephone knows it’s time to move on once again. It’s lucky, then, when she receives an email from the one friend she’s managed to keep, inviting her to the elusive Wile Isle. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. However, upon arrival, Persephone quickly discovers that Wile is no ordinary island. In fact, it just might hold the very things she’s been searching for her entire life.
Answers. Family. Home.
And some things she did not want. Like 100-year-old curses and an even older family feud. With the clock running out, love might be the magic that saves them all.
About this Author: Paige Crutcher is the author of THE ORPHAN WITCH. Her work appears in multiple anthologies and online publications, and she is a former Southern Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. She is an artist and yogi, and when not writing, she prefers to spend her time trekking through the forest with her children, hunting for portals to new worlds.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Review: I liked this book which is about a girl named Persephone who is lonely as she was abandoned when she was young but she accidentally exposes magic one day which leads her to Wile Isle which involves a curse and family feud that she must solve. I’m a sucker for books with witches in them. For this book, I enjoyed the overall story plot and could see what it was getting at. The beginning was easy to get into but the pacing got a little slow and didn’t pick up pace which made it a little difficult for me to stay focused. The world building was okay in a way I understand the world in ways how magic world and the family relations but at some parts it would get complicated. The beginning and middle of the story was great as the story was fun but the ending got complicated and I was lost half of the time.
I have to say that the characters saved the book for me. I enjoyed Persephone’s character as she has to go through a lot and had a great character development. I also enjoyed the side characters especially Persephone’s sisters and the great sisterhood bond. There are also villains in this book that are witches which is really amazing. There is sadly no romance in the book but I loved how the theme of family played in this book instead.
The ending was kind of rough in my opinion and could have been better. The writing style just wasn’t for me but the characters were great. I think those who love complicated magic systems would enjoy this book more so I recommend it to them. But if you think you will like it I recommend it to fans of witches and Medusa stories.
*this arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return*