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The Weaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve Gornichec

Best Romantic Fantasy

The Story


The lives of two women—one desperate only to save her missing sister, the other a witch destined to become queen of Norway—intertwine in this spellbinding, powerful novel of Viking Age history and myth from the acclaimed author of The Witch’s Heart.

Oddny and Gunnhild meet as children in tenth century Norway, and they could not be more different: Oddny hopes for a quiet life, while Gunnhild burns for power and longs to escape her cruel mother. But after a visiting wisewoman makes an ominous prophecy that involves Oddny, her sister Signy, and Gunnhild, the three girls take a blood oath to help one another always.

When Oddny’s farm is destroyed and Signy is kidnapped by Viking raiders, Oddny is set adrift from the life she imagined—but she’s determined to save her sister no matter the cost, even as she finds herself irresistibly drawn to one of the raiders who participated in the attack. And in the far north, Gunnhild, who fled her home years ago to learn the ways of a witch, is surprised to find her destiny seems to be linked with that of the formidable King Eirik, heir apparent to the ruler of all Norway.

But the bonds—both enchanted and emotional—that hold the two women together are strong, and when they find their way back to each other, these bonds will be tested in ways they never could have foreseen in this deeply moving novel of magic, history, and sworn sisterhood.

The Story: The Weaver and the Witch Queen

Epic, I was thoroughly engrossed in the story, setting, and characters. I know we can visualize the characters and stories in our heads as we’re reading, but I feel like there are some stories that have that cinematic quality to it. The Weaver and the Witch Queen feels cinematic.

Have you seen any of Robert Eggers films? If you have, then you’ll know what I mean, because when I started reading The Weaver and the Witch Queen I felt transported, similar to how Eggers crafts his movies with a wealth of detail that has viewers completely immersed into the film and its setting. As though you are keeping pace with each character, your senses heighthened by how Gornichec masterfully pulls you in, unable to to resist.

Equal parts fantasy romance and Norse mythology, I am bewitched by vivid, glittering characters that Gornichec effortlessly created. They leap off the page with such precision they feel as real as the detailed world they inhabit. With a fascinating story of three women twined together by fates thread making this story utterly fascinating.

It’s unputdownable.

Preorder this one book friends if you enjoy Norse mythology, witchcraft, romance, and revenge. I would highly recommend grabbing a copy when it comes out July 25th.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

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Celtic Carnyx 

I know this is a different group of people, but I wanted to share this incredible instrument that would be heard on a battle ground back in Celtic history. It felt like something that would be heard in The Weaver and the Witch Queen.

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
25-Jul-23978-0593438244432Ace AdultNetGalley, Digital ARCMay 26, 2023

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