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  • Published: 23 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473580442
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $24.99

The Year of the Witching




In a rigid, repressive society where religious oppression and the suppression of individuality are the norm, a young woman discovers dark powers within herself with terrifying, far-reaching consequences . . .The Handmaid's Tale meets The Village in this stunning feminist debut.

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'A thrillingly brisk and bracing tale of magic and power . . . it takes the best tropes of horror and witchcraft and gives them a refreshingly feminist twist.'
S.A. CHAKRABORTY, author of The City of Brass
The Handmaid's Tale meets The Village in this stunning feminist debut . . .

Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land.

And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.

It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother . . .

Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

Bethel must change. And that change will begin with her . . .

© Alexis Henderson 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

  • Published: 23 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473580442
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Alexis Henderson

Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of America’s most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life-long love of ghost stories. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, you can find her painting or watching horror movies with her feline familiar. Currently, Alexis resides in the sun-soaked marshland of Charleston, South Carolina.

Praise for The Year of the Witching

A thrillingly brisk and bracing tale of magic and power, I loved this book. It takes the best tropes of horror and witchcraft and gives them a refreshingly feminist twist.

S.A. CHAKRABORTY, author of The City of Brass

A dark, dramatic tale of oppression and rebellion, ideology and morality, with a complicated, appealing protagonist caught in a Handmaid's Tale nightmare . . . a fine addition to the body of feminist fantasy works, a great read.

LOUISA MORGAN, author of The Age of Witches

Bewitching . . . Henderson offers a powerful portrait of patriarchal, racial, and religious abuses . . . conjuring a sense of creeping dread and maintaining the pacing throughout. This riveting work announces Henderson as an exciting new voice in dark fantasy.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Slow burn horror crossed with a powerfully feminist coming-of-age novel . . . this book will haunt your dreams.

CHRISTINA HENRY, author of The Lost Boy

Beautifully sinister and beguiling, The Year of the Witching is blood-drenched, horrific and enchanting from start to finish.

TASHA SURI, author of Empire of Sand

Bone-chilling and breathtakingly beautiful . . . The Year of the Witching is storytelling at its finest.

RENA BARRON, author of Kingdom of Souls

A masterfully eerie, feminist story that binds itself to the reader's mind and won't let go. Alexis Henderson is an author to watch.

SHEA ERNSHAW, author of Winterwood

Gothic, dark and utterly enthralling, this is a world I wanted to sink into and never leave. I adored this book.

EMILY A. DUNCAN, author of Wicked Saints

The Year of the Witching tells a universal, timeless story about women's power.

O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

The perfect dark, witchy escape to make you feel a little better about the world we live in now.

THE EVERYGIRL

Alexis Henderson is giving us dark magic, Black witches, creepy woods and small religious towns, historical realness, and I'm here for it.

TOR.COM

This is an intensely dark read and one of the most original books I've read in a long time.

BUZZFEED

Henderson blends the supernatural with the real, expertly and ingeniously using dark witchcraft, sigils, and magical plagues to weave in real world themes and issues like racism, the oppression and silencing of women, and religious abuse.

NERD DAILY

The Year of the Witching blew me away. It's a masterpiece.

S F BOOK REVIEW

'A magnificent, raw slice of folk horror, dark with threat and clenched with suspense . . . a brilliant debut to chill the brightest summer day.

DAILY MAIL