Fantasy, Series

Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell – Lychford #1

Yay for urban fantasy stories featuring witches! I really wanted to get myself into a short book, and what better way than to read a novella?

When a supermarket wants to build a major branch, the villagers of Lychford are divided. Some are open to the prospect of new employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment. But Judith Mawson, local crank and hedgewitch, knows the truth: Lychford lies on the boundary between 2 worlds and the construction of the supermarket will destroy this border, opening the gateways to maleovalent beings beyond imagination. No one is ready to listen to the words of an old woman … but maybe she can get help from some unlikely allies…

This novel was a lot lighter than I thought it would be. There are 3 main characters: Judith who is not the friendliest neighbour you can have, a local vicar, and the owner of a shop that deals with all things magic. They are the weirdest trio to face against evil, but I really liked them. I found the story to be interesting, and events moved along quite quickly. The humor in this novel is very dry but very good. The witchy aspects of this novel are more fae-like and have a lot to do with symbols and herbs, so if you were looking for something more intense, then this might not be right for you. I thought the use of the supermarket as the force for evil was really interesting and entertaining and unique! My overall feeling was one of enjoyment but I always wanted more. I wanted to learn more about the characters and see more of the magical beings … which is why I’m going to give the next novella in the series a try! If you like novellas from the urban fantasy genre and are looking for something with a dry humor, then give this one a shot!

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