This time of year, we seem to be fascinated with witches. We’ve rounded up a perfect list of books that will both delight and fright. If you want to learn more about the dark history behind Salem and witch hysteria, check out a non-fiction or historical fiction book.
If you want a novel with a little bit of magical mystery, or a stirring tale that mixes the real world up with the unknown mysticism that surrounds us, then read on. Here’s our list of 7 books about witches worth reading during this spooky season.
1. The Heretic’s Daughter: A Novel by Kathleen Kent
This is a powerful story of a mother and daughter and their dark family history that follows them. Told from the daughter’s perspective, it’s a great coming of age story with a dark setting of Puritanical Massachusetts.
2. Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul Boyer
Curious to learn more about the real life history of witches? This book reveals who sparked the flames of fear and more about those who burnt at the stake. Just figuratively, because, spoiler, no one was burned at the Salem Witch Trials!
3. Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (New Narratives in American History) by Richard Godbeer
Witches have a deep and rich history in the United States that extends far beyond Salem. This book tells of the witch hunt in Stamford, Connecticut. Eyewitness accounts and courtroom documents weave an incredible chapter of the history of women and witchcraft.
4. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
A great fiction read that blends fantasy with historical fiction! A witch who settles in an English village and befriends a teenage girl tells about her life as an immortal witch. She must protect her friend against a warlock who is dead set on having the witch as his eternal companion.
5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Our only teen fiction pic on this list, Stardust is an incredible story in the same vein as The Princess Bride. Told like a fairy tale for those who are now too ‘old’ for fairytales, this is one of Neil Gaiman’s most popular books. Worth a read if you love witch stories!
6. Witch Child by Celia Rees
This is an authentic story about living a clandestine life as a witch and the difficulties of living during the horrid witch hunts where a culture of fear and piety ruled. Perfect for those who love historical fiction with a twist of magic!
7. The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff
Finally, we end our list with a more simplistic, though highly intriguing novel! This book, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff, offers a fresh perspective on a critical episode of American history. She unravels the mystery chapter by chapter with beautiful prose.
Thanks for reading our list on the best witch books for the season! Are you dressing up as a good or bad witch this October?
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