A Curse of Ash and Embers

Tales of the Blackbone Witches #1

Jo Spurrier

fiction Fantasy Young Adult
adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced

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A dead witch. A bitter curse. A battle of magic.

Some people knit socks by the fire at night. Gyssha Blackbone made monsters.

But the old witch is dead now, and somehow it's Elodie's job to clean up the mess.

When she was hired at Black Oak Cottage, Elodie had no idea she'd find herself working for a witch; and her acid-tongued new mistress, Aleida, was not expecting a housemaid to turn up on her doorstep.

Gyssha's final curse left Aleida practically dead on her feet, and now, with huge monsters roaming the woods, a demonic tree lurking in the orchard and an angry warlock demanding repayment of a debt, Aleida needs Elodie's help, whether she likes it or not.

And no matter what the old witch throws at her, to Elodie it's still better than going back home.

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What the community thinks

summary of 22 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

adventurous 100%
mysterious 66%
dark 33%
emotional 33%
funny 33%
tense 33%

Pace

slow 33%
medium 33%
fast 33%

Strong character development?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Loveable characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 66% | No: 33%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

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