Title: A Different Witch
Author: Debora Geary
First published December 20, 2012
250 pages, Kindle Edition
Witch Central is open to all, or so it seems. When Beth Landler’s coven was shattered after a fateful visit from two strangers, she realized that she needed a change.
A change that could only be found in Witch Central. But the question is, does she have the courage to take the leap?
Join Beth on her journey to discover the magic within herself in A Different Witch, the fifth book in the highly acclaimed A Modern Witch series. With a blend of lighthearted fantasy, witty humor, and a touch of romance, this book is sure to captivate you and leave you wanting more.
In “A Different Witch,” Debora Geary weaves a tale of magic, community, and resilience that will enchant readers of all ages. Geary, a prolific author of magical realism and urban fantasy, has created a world where witches and humans coexist in harmony, and the bonds of family and friendship are unbreakable.
The story centers around Lauren, a young witch who has recently discovered her magical powers and is struggling to find her place in the tight-knit community of witches. With the help of her mentor, Baba Yaga, and her new friends, Lauren learns to harness her powers and navigate the complex world of witchcraft.
Meanwhile, a threat looms on the horizon as a group of anti-witch zealots seek to overturn the peaceful coexistence between witches and humans. As tensions rise and conflicts escalate, Lauren and her friends must band together to protect their community and defend their way of life.
Geary’s writing is vivid and engaging, immersing the reader in the world of the witches and bringing the characters to life with a deft hand. The pacing is brisk, with enough action and drama to keep the story moving along, while also allowing for quiet moments of introspection and reflection.
One of the strengths of “A Different Witch” is its portrayal of a diverse and inclusive community of witches. Geary deftly handles issues of identity, gender, and sexuality, portraying a world where differences are celebrated rather than shunned.
This message of acceptance and inclusion is especially relevant in today’s world, where so much of our discourse is centered around division and division. Another aspect of the book that stands out is its exploration of the relationship between magic and nature.
Geary portrays magic as a force that exists in harmony with the natural world, and the witches themselves are depicted as stewards of the environment. This emphasis on environmentalism and eco-consciousness is both timely and important, and adds an additional layer of depth to the story.
That said, there are a few weaknesses to the book. The plot can at times feel somewhat predictable, with some of the twists and turns feeling telegraphed in advance.
Additionally, some of the secondary characters can feel underdeveloped, with less time devoted to their arcs and motivations than would be ideal. Overall, “A Different Witch” is a charming and thoughtful book that is sure to delight readers of all ages.
Its emphasis on community, acceptance, and environmentalism make it a timely and important read, while its engaging characters and magical setting make it a joy to read. Highly recommended.