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Title: The Witches of Lychford
Author: Paul Cornell
Length: 144 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
Traveler, Cleric, Witch.
The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment.
Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth — that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination.
But if she is to have her voice heard, she’s going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies…
How and when I got it:
I picked up this e-book a couple of years ago on a whim.
Why I want to read it:
I feel like half my Shelf Control books lately have been about witches! I’m always up for a good witch story, and I’ll admit that the novella length of this one really appeals to me. Of course, there are three more books published so far in this series, so if I like it, I’ll have to keep going!
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10 thoughts on “Shelf Control #196: The Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell”
Sounds interesting! Help from the other side is perhaps the only thing that will work sometimes 🙂
True! I like how it sounds like the book moves from everyday issues (a new supermarket) to something supernatural so easily.
I, sadly, didn’t love this one! I’m definitely in the minority, though – it seems to be a very beloved novella series, so I hope you enjoy it. 😀 It’s certainly a quick read!
I’m definitely appreciating quick reads lately. 🙂 Did you read the rest of the books, or just the first?
I’ve only read the first one – I could enjoy the other novellas a lot more, but I have a feeling this is a case of the author’s writing style not being for me. 🙂
I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t read this either. I’ve heard lots of good things!
Me too! It’s been on my radar since it came out. Same old problem — so many books to read!
I usually pass on books about witches. Nothing against them, but my pile is so big already! The novella is a good option, though! Happy reading 🙂
Thank you! I understand about big book piles… 🙂