Book Review: The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

Publication Date: June 1st 2021

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.

In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.

In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves… before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

My thoughts & feelings …

The story of a teenage witch with more power or a different kind of power to everyone else isn’t a new concept but I would happily read a million more books with this trope. No matter what, you really can’t go wrong which is why I was always going to have fun with this one.

The Nature of Witches follows Clara, the first Everwitch in centuries. Where other witches are tied to a season and are most powerful in that season, Clara is tied to all four seasons and is powerful all year round. However, this power comes with the price of loosing her loved ones.

I really enjoyed this magic system. Again, seasonal magic isn’t a new concept but I liked how in this book, the witches are only at their strongest in the season their magic is tied to and how the book focuses on what they feel when their magic isn’t in season. In the case of Clara, whose magic is tied to all four seasons, I like how she’s not able to wield magic from every season at the same time. Instead her magic changes so in summer she’s a Summerwitch, in winter a Winterwitch etc.

As a first year English Lit students I am learning to appreciate the art of imagery and I especially appreciated it in this book. It was packed to the brim with beautiful descriptions for all things nature and weather related. It really added to the atmosphere and vibe of the book.

My favourite thing about this was the romance between Clara and Sang. This was a pairing that crept up on. I actually thought Sang was going to be a bad guy and I was waiting for the shoe to drop all because I read too much into a sly little smile when he’s first introduced. That was not the case though. Instead of a villain I got an adorable pairing that genuinley made me melt.

Like I said, I enjoyed this but it wasn’t my most favourite thing in the world. In terms of pacing, it was quite slow. It was a lot of the same kind of scenes repeated: training, random bad weather events Clara has to stop, arguments with her teachers. That sort of thing. It was good but not great.

I feel like if I were to recommend this it’d be to a younger audience as opposed to someone looking for something with a bit more substance. Still kept me entertained for a couple of days though.

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