I love witchy reads. There’s something about witchy books that really speaks to me, and I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s because I’ve always considered my mother to be somewhat of a house witch? Or maybe I just really liked The Craft? Who knows? What I do know, is that I am always on the lookout for my next favorite witchy book, and I think I’ve found a contender in Tish Thawer’s latest book, Weaver.
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Milly’s lives alone in a remote Rhode Island cottage she once shared with her mother. Her home is her sanctuary, has been since she lost her mother at the young age of 13. Before her death, her mother was able to teach Milly the skills of a house witch, skills she’s used to survive in the years since her mother’s death. She has a prosperous garden and is able to sell her produce, as well as simple charms, crystals, and lotions, at the local market to make ends meet. She lives simply but well, yet she’s curious about life outside her bubble.
Unlike other house witches, Milly’s also a hereditary witch, meaning the power of decades of witches pulses through her veins. She uses that power well and wisely, being careful to bring healing and hope into the world through her magic. But when she meets The Weaver one night in her dreams, she begins t doubt everything she knows about herself and her magic.
Before long Milly and the Weaver are madly in love. She’s overcome with emotion when he asks her to join him in the Dreamscape as his Queen. But as much as she loves him, she can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Strange and horrible things happen every time she visits him in the Dreamscape. Uncertain what’s real vs what’s not, Milly’s torn between what her heart wants and what her heart knows.
Desperate to understand the mysterious man in her dreams, Milly sets out to learn more about him and his fate. She scours the library and the internet for information about The Weaver. But she finds much more than she bargained for: The Weaver’s line is cursed to walk the dreamscape for all eternity, unable to step foot in the real world. Worse, his Queen will rule alongside him as his Queen of Nightmares, destined to bring destruction into the world. Will she join The Weaver as his mate knowing what she now knows?
My Thoughts on Weaver
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Weaver, but what I got from this read far exceeded my expectations. YA books are not always my favorite, but Weaver felt mature and unique. Ethereal and enchanting, the journey into the dreamscape was pure pleasure. Who wouldn’t love to travel endlessly in their dreams with a hot guy? I know I would!
Steeped in house witchery and cottagecore vibes, Weaver was a complete joy to read. I’ve always been interested in all things magic, so the little easter eggs scattered through the book were so much fun. From stone and herbal magic to more advanced spell work, Weaver contains tidbits of ritual magic that brings authenticity to the character and the story.
What I loved most about this book was the struggle between Milly’s head and her heart. We’ve all been there at some point, staring down a decision we don’t want to make. Milly shows great fortitude and wisdom in her decisions, and the author does a terrific job portraying the character’s struggle between what’s right versus what her heart wants. She’s resilient and strong, yet unaware of her own power in the beginning. Watching her grow as a woman and a witch was one of the best parts of the story.
My only complaint is that the book felt rushed at times. It felt like Milly fell instantly in love, which isn’t my favorite trope. I would have loved to know more about The Weaver’s story and to have seen a more developed love story between the two.
My Rating for Weaver
I was completely surprised by Weaver and have since recommended it to several friends. At just under 300 pages, it’s a fast read that you can finish in one sitting. The atmospheric storytelling and masterful world building sets this YA novel apart for me. Weaver will surely be on my list of best witchy reads for spooky season, so be sure to stay tuned for that post if you’re a fan of witchy books, too.
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