ARC Review: The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for letting me read an eARC of the Nature of Witches! This past week or so have been so busy so even though The Nature of Witches came out on June 1st, I wasn’t able to finish reading it/get this review out until now (man, my day job is getting in the way of books haha).

The Nature of Witches 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.

Man y’all, this book was so cool! I really liked the whole magic system that Rachel Griffin built in The Nature of Witches and I really liked Clara as a main character. I think it’s so cool how much of her emotions and personality (and the emotions/personality of the other witches) are based upon what season we’re in/what season they’re tied to. I think the idea of non-magical people (shaders) knowing about witches and them keeping the weather/seasons in check was really interesting and it was a cool critique of how much we’re overburdening the world with our polluting ways. I think Clara and Sang working together and then falling for each other was super cute and the way that it gradually happens and the way that he helps her deal with the trauma of her magic and the power that she holds within her (that she thinks is the reason anyone she cares about dies) was so great and thoughtfully done. I really, really liked that. Pacing wise, I’m a really plot driven person and The Nature of Witches was the not the fastest paced book, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, but overall, it was a really great read and I highly recommend it for a different take on witchy magic!

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