Release date: 1st June 2021
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Blurb: 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.
The Nature of Witches was above and beyond one of the best novels I have read this year. Like blow me away, leave me crying in a corner because it was so freaking fantastic, best novels of this year.
In The Nature of Witches, each witch is directly connected to the season is which they are born. Once their season passes, their power gradually declines as they become further from their season of power. While their power is reduced, they can still always perform some sort of magic, albeit reduced in potency. Unless of course, you are an Ever, a quirk of fate who can tap into every seasons power. Always at their peak, Evers should be unstoppable. Instead, Clara is scared and of very little use until she meets a new mentor who shows her a new way to approach the magic constantly simmering below the surface.
While this is the tale of a young witch who is scared of her magic, it also has undertones of environmental conservationism and lessons about sustainability of the world we currently live in. It’s a heartfelt ode to love, loss and the feeling of not knowing yourself when everyone else seems to think they do.
I felt super connected to so many of the characters – in Sang I saw the young hopeful self from my teenage years, Clara embodies the underlying doubt we all have when we feel like our peers need us the most, while the various teachers (while sometimes horrible) reminded me that wisdom and experience don’t always lead to the best outcomes for those around us.
With each type of witch apparently having the same personality traits, I was utterly beyond belief at the spectrum of outcomes these same traits could produce. In Paige, a winter witch, her demeanour is frigid for the most part, while also being a warming presence for those she loves. In Mr Burrows, also a winter, these personality traits turn him into a cold and manipulative man, determined to get his own way at the expense of others. Through this character development, Griffin shines, allowing the reader to relate and find themselves in most of the characters.
When it comes to the environmental conservation messages in this novel, it works for the most part to be integrated in a semi-realistic manner. It did however start to become a little overwhelming towards the end. Yes, freak weather events happen but I feel like the sheer abundance of them occurring in a single place over the course of a year was a little too much.
I will also bring up here that the very slow burn romantic aspect of this is so cute and squish that I just want to take the two, smoosh them together and make them kiss. Even after the kiss. It could have been overbearing but instead it was a friends to lovers type situation and I am all for it.
Now I know this one is kind of short but if I delved deeper, it would ruin the book. There are so many intricacies that could be discussed but I feel like you just need to take the plunge and inhale it in a single sitting like I did last night.
Until next time lovelies xo