Author Teri Harman
Teri Harman has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance. Currently, her bookshelf is overflowing, her laundry unfolded, and her three small children running mad while she pens bewitching novels. Utah is her home, but she often imagines living in the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
She also writes a bi-weekly book column for ksl.com, Utah’s number one news site and contributes regular book segments to Studio 5, Utah’s number one lifestyle show.
Top Five Favorite Witch Books
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today and for being a part of the blog tour for my debut novel, BLOOD MOON. BLOOD MOON is a young adult/new adult witch fantasy and the first in the Moonlight Trilogy.
I’ve always loved reading books about witches and it was, in part, that love that inspired my book.
Here is a list of my top five favorite witch books.
1 – “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare
First published in 1958, this beautifully written book has timeless themes of love, friendship and staying true to the heart. All the reasons I enjoyed this book as a girl still resonate with me now as an adult.
Kit is one of my favorite female literary characters. She is strong-willed, outspoken, curious and loving, and sees people for who they really are instead of as the labels they have been given by society. The relationship between her and Hannah, the old woman who lives by Blackbird Pond, and who has been labeled a witch by the quiet Puritan town, is touching and memorable. Although there is no fantastical magic in this story, Speare taps into a different kind of magic: life in its purest, richest moments.
2 – “The Witches” by Roald Dahl
Taking a delightfully playful turn, I couldn’t have a witch book list without including this one by my very favorite author. “The Witches” has thrilled children and adults for decades with its clever plot, creative mischief and perfectly creepy witches. In Dahl’s imaginative world, the witches hide among the normal people, forever plotting the demise of children. Beneath their wigs and gloves, these witches are scary, scabby and extremely wicked. When a young boy accidentally discovers the Grand High Witch’s plan to get rid of all the children in England, he embarks on a thrilling adventure that will change him forever.
3 – “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane” by Katherine Howe
This book is part historical fiction, part supernatural thriller, and all wonderful. Connie Goodwin is a dedicated scholar. She knows the history of the Salem Witch Trials backwards and forwards. But when she stumbles across a hidden piece of paper while cleaning up her deceased grandmother’s house, she discovers a whole new kind of witch history. Not only will Connie discover secrets of the past, but she will also unearth her own unrealized powers and come to understand the strengths of her female ancestors.
Howe’s writing, while a bit academic, is vividly descriptive and immediately immerses the reader in the story. The romance is sigh-worthy and the mystery intriguing. Even with a predictable plot, this book is hard to put down.
4 – “The Witch’s Daughter” by Paula Brackston
This witch book is creepy, intelligent and magical. Brackston’s story follows the life of a hedge witch over many centuries. Elizabeth Hawksmith survives plagues, wars and heartbreak, constantly reinventing her life to stay hidden from the evil Gideon Masters, who saved her from the witch’s gallows and first imbued her with magic.
Emotionally driven and beautifully written, this book is also a historical-supernatural mix. I loved the quiet strength and enduring perseverance of the protagonist. The historical element is fascinating and often heartbreaking. And, of course, the magic is wonderfully exciting.
Content note: There are some descriptive sexual references, occasional violence and mild foul language.
5 – “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston
Paula Brackston makes the list twice. She’s my favorite witch writer and this is her new book. Seen as an outsider in her small Welsh town, Morgana cannot speak and struggles to control the magic inside her. When her mother marries her off to Cai Bevan, a widower from the hills, Morgana hopes to find a place in her new home. But when terrible things start to happen on the farm she must find a way to harness her power or lose all that she’s come to love.
The Winter Witch is a lovely story of a heroine you can’t help but cheer for. Morgana is tough, determined, and sweet. She doesn’t let anything, including not being able to talk, get in the way of what she knows to be right.
The writing is atmospheric and enchanting; the story gripping and complex. I was captivated by the descriptions of the Welsh countryside and the swoon-worthy romance. And the magic employed by Morgana and the evil witch, Isolda, is powerful and fascinating.
What’s your favorite witch book? Share in the comments so I can add more to my to-read list!
A hand slowly reaches out a crack in the window to feel the light sprinkles of rain. The hand, cemented with dirt, sweat, and blood, trembles like a withered leaf clinging to a dead branch. Although filthy, the hand emits a history of grace and elegance long lost to the evils of torture and imprisonment . . . From what Willa recalls, seeing this pitiful hand, and, eventually, the person connected to it, was the catalyst to the discovery of her true self. Willa is a witch, and it turns out her boyfriend, Simon, is a witch, too. Soon after Willa first sees the reaching hand, Simon and her embark on a rescue mission, only to find themselves catapulted into the alluring, but dangerous world of witches and witchcraft. Answers to all of Willa and Simon’s questions are now within reach, but they’ve also stepped into the middle of a deadly war where many will stop at nothing to control the magic of The Six Gifts. Willa and Simon must now learn to harness their powers to protect their lives and the lives of their newfound friends before the blood moon arrives, or all will be lost.