Sunday, 15 January 2012

In My Mailbox: Witches and Parasols

No, I'm not late or too early for Halloween. I'm reading these books for Melissa's 2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney. Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

Changeless by Alexia Tarabotti. Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

What bookish goodies did you get this week?

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren for book bloggers so we can share the books and book-related items that we're excited about.


  1. I really need to read The Witching Hour!! Everyone says that it is fabulous!! I can't wait to see what you think! If you love it...I'm definitely going to pick it up!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  2. The Witching Hour is my favorite Anne is truly incredible...a chunkster no doubt, but worth the time. I was not as impressed with the other two in this series...especially Taltos :p

  3. I've heard the Iron Witch is great! I hope you'll like it! I still need to read it, though! :)

  4. Great set! I've always wanted to read an Anne Rice book. I also want to read Gail Carriger.
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