Books About Witches to Read in October

by Hope Hanson
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Witchy Book Serpent and Dove

I have two particular favorites when it comes to modern fantasy. Firstly, I love pirate fantasy books. And secondly, I am obsessed with fantasy books that feature witches. And October is the perfect month for books about witches, isn’t it? So, I decided to put together a list of books about witches for anyone else who wants to take the witchy route this spooky season.

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

This has been one of my favorite reads this year! Everything about it was amazing, from the characters to the world-building to the fact that it included witches and pirates. I know there’s supposed to be a sequel, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The premise of this book intrigues me so much! Essentially, the main character has a family history of witches. But–plot twist–she wants absolutely nothing to do with being a witch. Obviously, there’s a lot more included in the plot description, but that’s the part that has me hooked.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I’ll actually be reading this one soon! I’ve heard mixed things about this book (some people it, some people are more “eh” towards it) but I’m excited to see what I think of it.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch features a necromancer as the main character, which sounds so interesting. I honestly don’t know all that much about this book, but I’ve seen plenty of reviews for it and most of them have been glowing. So, hopefully, I’ll enjoy it just as much when I get around to it!

Small Places by Matthew Samuels

Small Places Cover Image

This book isn’t necessarily about witches, but one of the main characters is a witch. And since she and her magic are pretty central to the plot, I think it deserves a place on this list. Plus, honestly, I really enjoyed Samuels’ portrayal of witches in this one and the way he described their magic. It was very fascinating and different from what I’ve seen in a lot of other urban fantasy books.

The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige

Sorority girls as witches who are secretly a coven of witches. Need I say more?

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

This one comes highly recommended by my Booksta friend Sidney (@sidneybookish). Obviously, I’ve been seeing this book around for a while, but the hype has kicked up with the release of the sequel coming up soon. I think it comes out on October 26, and honestly, I might just splurge and buy them both this month. It definitely sounds like an awesome story, and is it bad that I want to get on the hype train?!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

I mentioned this book in another recent list post, but it’s about witches, so I’m talking about it again. I haven’t read any of Alix E. Harrow’s books (I’ve heard mixed reviews for The Ten Thousand Doors of January, so I’m nervous to start that one) but I’m really intrigued by the way she’s combined fantasy and historical fiction in this one.

The Bone Witch by Ivy Asher

This one is being included as the last on the list because I literally just discovered it while making the list. It was an accident, but I’m sure you can tell the story from the title. Anyway, I just loved the tone of the plot description and the idea of unexpectedly stumbling into being a witch, so this was immediately added to my TBR. Also, the blurb mentioned familiars, and I am down for that.

So, I hope you enjoyed my list of books about witches, and I hope you read some of them this spooky season. I know I definitely will be! If you’ve read any of these, drop a comment down below and let me know your thoughts. Or, give me your own recommendations for books about witches; you know I’d love to hear them.

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