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I love halloween. I love witches. I love all things spooky. So, here we are with a whole list of books about witches. I’ve already read some of these but as I made this list, I bought at least four more and will probably eventually read even more of them.
I’ve been itching to listen to my Halloween playlist and have been listening to a bubbling cauldron video (literally just bubbling cauldron noises, three hours of them) a lot lately so it was only fitting that this was my next post to write.
Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago and wasn’t welcomed with open arms. The islanders wanted to burn “the witch” out of her home, so she cursed them. More than 100 years later, all Nor Blackburn wants to do is live a normal teenage life, but that all changes when The Price Guide to the Occult shows up in their shop.
Diana Bishop is a young scholar and descendent of witches who discovers a long-lost, enchanted alchemist manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in the Oxford Bodleian library. A fantastical underworld is summoned upon its rediscovery which she navigates with a vampire geneticist, Matthew Clairmont.
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie step through their wardrobe one day into the land of Narnia. It’s a frozen land in an eternal winter enslaved by the power of the White Witch. When all hope seems to be lost, the return of Aslan the Great Lion signals great change, but with a great sacrifice. This is a classic, but also subtly witchy book and a must-read for everyone.
Louise le Blanc fled from her coven two years ago and has been living without magic in Cesarine, where witches are feared, hunted, and burned. Reid Diggory is a Chasseur of the church who hunts witches and, after a wicked stunt, is forced to marry Lou. The war between witches and the church is an ancient one and a choice must be made when she can no longer ignore her growing feelings.
Anouk is seventeen years old, a beastie destined to serve Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. She envies the humans on the street, the Pretties, and everything she’ll never have because she can never leave her Parisian prison.
Then one day her mistress is found murdered in a pool of blood and Anouk is accused of the crime. Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer as they’re chased through Paris by the underground magical society called the Haute.
If they fail, they could lose the only lives they’ve ever known, but if they succeed, they could become more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.
Esme Pearl has a babysitting club even though she knows it’s lame, but she likes it and she’s good at it. Plus, she needs the money since destruction seems to follow her everywhere. Cassandra Heaven is rebellious, Instagram-model hot, and dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster.
So, why did she join a babysitting club? Because of a mysterious note her mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, mom.” Turns out they have more in common than they thought: they both come from long lines of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil. If you want a more lighthearted and funny book about witches, this is for you.
The Owens women have been blamed for everything that goes wrong in their small Massachusetts town for over 200 years and that didn’t exclude Gillian and Sally. They were always excluded and considered outsiders as children.
Their elderly aunts seemed to encourage the witchy whispers with all their black cats, their dusty house, and their strange concoctions, but all the girls wanted to do was escape as they got older. The bonds they share though, will bring them back, almost like magic.
Amanda’s life as a witch technically began when she was initiated by her mother and a High Priestess in a traditional ceremony when she was 13, it wasn’t until later in life after after a series of spontaneous initiations of her own that her real life as a witch began.
Amanda’s journey to return to her body, harness her power, and create the magical world she desired for through witchcraft began with a descent into the worlds of poverty, sex work, and misogyny.
Her quest for self-discovery and empowerment is a deep exploration of a modern witch’s trials. If you want a withy memoir or non-fiction witch book, this is a great choice.
The Prophet’s word is law in Bethel which makes existing a blasphemy for Immanuelle Moore. Her family was cast into disgrace after her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity like all the other community women.
Soon, she is lured into the forbidden Darkwood, which happens to be where the first prophet chased and killed four powerful witches, surrounding Bethel after a mishap.
The spirits lurking there gave Immanuelle a gift that she never expected: her dead mother’s journal that reveals she once sought sanctuary herself in the wood. She is fascinated by the secrets in the journal and wants to know more about why her mother was consorting with witches. In the process she finds out dark truths about the Church and it’s history.
Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria but was born in New York City. She has West African features but is albino. She’s a great athlete but can’t go out into the sun. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere, not until she finds out she’s a free agent with latent magical power, at least.
Soon she’s learning to change reality as she studies the visible and the invisible with a quartet of magic students. Authorities ask the group to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too.
Kit Tyler is sixteen years old and mark with suspicion and disapproval from the moment she landed on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. She is alone and desperate as she joins a family she’s never met, having been forced to leave her home of Barbados. She struggles to survive in this new hostile place as she tries to remain true to herself.
Just when she’s ready to give up, she meets Hannah Tupper, but their friendship turns out to be more taboo than she imagined since Hanna is believed to be a witch. Kit is forced to choose between her heart and her duty. This is a classic witchy book and one I’m pretty excited to read.
Grand-Mere Ursule gives her life to save her family in Brittany in 1821 and her magic seemed to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive. They practice half-remembered spells and arcane rites with a hope of revival and when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew.
The magic continues, but they struggle to master their powers and keep them hidden, but when World War II is looming, magic is needed more than ever to change the course of history.
The Snow Queen left Avalon encased in snow when she waged war on it and now it’s citizens are refugees in a world almost devoid of magic which is why the prince and his protectors are stuck in Arizona.
Prince Alexei is the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family and now he’s hiding in a town so boring his magic doesn’t even work there. Tala, his best friend, is one of few that know his biggest secret.
When a Firebird appears for the first time in decades, a new hope for their abandoned homeland is reignited. Alex and Tala must unite with a new group of friends for thee journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.
Augusten Burroughs always knew things he shouldn’t and manifested things that shouldn’t have come to pass. He only told one person about this: his mother. She reassured him it was all perfectly normal and that he descended from a long line of witches going all the way back to the early days of American colonies. He always shared that bond with his mother but eventually he had to navigate that world on his own with his tricky powers or misuse the gift.
Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do this, he must confront his own father, and his past. This is part of the Witchlands series.
Tea learns she’s different than the other witches in her family when she accidentally resurrects her brother, Fox, from the dead. She is a bone witch with a gift for necromancy which makes her feared and ostracized by her community. She finds solace in the guidance of an older bone witch who takes Tea and Fox to another land for training.
She puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, one who can wield elemental magic, when they get to their new home. She must overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice with the dark forces looming. If you’re looking for a book about witches that is a little more fantasy, this is a good option.
Hannah is an Elemental witch with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air, but her magic is a secret and if she’s caught using it in front of a Reg (a non-witch), she could lose it forever. She spends most of her time avoiding fellow witch and ex-girlfriend, Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals.
Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem after a blood ritual interrupted the end-of-school-year bonfire and Hannah is sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch, but her coven is less than convinced and she’s forced to team up with Veronica.
While trying to smoke the Blood Witch out at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new Ballerina in town and now she has to balance her dating life and the supernatural crisis which is easier said than done. She will test the limits of her power, especially as the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.
Dayna Walsh is struggling with somatic OCD, a result of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town and the return of her long-absent mother. But all that really matters is finally ascending and becoming a full witch. This plan is complicated by another coven, rumored to have a history with black magic, who arrives in town with premonitions of death.
Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with Meiner King, the bewitchingly frustrating granddaughter of their coven leader. Soon a witch turns up dead at a local sacred site with the symbol of a long gone quiet serial killer, the Butcher of Manchester and Dayna and Meiner find themselves at the center of everything.
The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.
Tavia, Wesley, Karam, and Saxony have everything going right in their lives until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: delivering a vial of dark magic, a weapon she didn’t know she had, to someone she cares about which sparks the greatest conflict in decades. Now the four must come together to same not just their home, but the world, before it’s too late.
Witches and humans live alongside each other in modern-day England. White witches are good and black witches are evil. Then there is Nathan who is both. His father is the most powerful and cruel Black witch and his mother is dead.
Nathan is hunted from all sides, trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, and must escape before his seventeenth birthday when he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch, or else he dies.
Samantha Mather and her stepmother recently moved to Salem, Massachusetts where they aren’t exactly welcomed with open arms thanks to their last name and it’s unfortunate connection to the witch trials. She becomes the target of a group of girls called The Descendants, yes of the other side of the witch trials.
As if that weren’t enough, she also encounters a ghost. A cute but angry ghost. Soon they discover that Sam is at the center of a centuries old curse and now she has to find a way to get along with the ghost and The Descendants to help break that curse before it’s too late. I just read this and I loved it! If you want a witchy book that takes place in Salem, this is a great choice.
Everyone has bad days but they probably haven’t had the wind calling their name and ghosts telling them they have bad debts. I have a hot guy yelling at me about a stupid feather, strange people jumping through puddles, and am being kidnapped to Xest, which I have no idea where that is somewhere north of North and east of East, I guess. But now I have to go help hot guy keep the darkness at bay over the Unsettled Lands. It’s the only way I’ll get back to Salem.
Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the oldest casts a spell that throws their souls forward in time and after centuries apart, they’re finally reunited in the present day. One is a healer, one a teacher, and the other a deceiver. Their powers will either be returned to full upon their reunion or their souls journeys could be ended forever. If you like time traveling books and books about witches, this is perfect for you!
The vineyards at Chateau Renard have depended on their vine witches for centuries to help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley but when sorciere Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse, the skill of divining harvests fell to ruin.
Elena is struggling to return to her former life after breaking the the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic. And now the vineyard she was destined to inherit belongs to a handsome stranger.
Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel favors science over superstition and definitely doesn’t endorse thee locals’ belief in witches, but Elena knows a hex when she sees one and the vineyard is covered in them. To help the vines recover, she must hide her true identity and her plans to seek revenge on whoever stole seven winters of her life.
Morgan and her best friend Bree are introduced to Wicca when Cal, a gorgeous senior, invites them to join his coven. Morgan falls for him right away while discovering that she has strong, inexplicable powers.
Lady Lilith Montgomery is many things: the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor, one of the most beautiful young women in London, engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor, and a witch.
When her father dies, her brother takes his title, but Lilith is trained in the art of necromancy and inherits their role as the Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. She must face the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes.
The Lazarus Creed is silence and secrecy and Lilith has honored this all her life, right down to her engagement to her childhood friend and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt. But when she meets Bram, she cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves despite her loyalty to the coven.
Madame’s powers are held in awe throughout her neighborhood and the city of New Orleans. She helps those in need and punishes evil doers, but she is old and sees the mists forming telling her she will die soon.
She leaves everything to Addie Zappo, her only known relative, that doesn’t even know she exists much less the power she wields. This sets in motion the convergence of four women’s lives in unsuspecting and unimaginable ways but it’s up to Addie to ward off the evil already gathering to strike at the women.
Here are a few witchy books that are non-fiction and more about being a witch and channeling your inner witch than books about witches. Juliet Diaz is a third-generation witch and she’s guiding us on a journey to connect with our Magick within.
You’ll learn how to cast off what doesn’t serve you, unleash your authentic self, and become and embodiment of your truth. You’ll learn to connect with your inner witch, create spells and potions, amplify your energy, and so much more.
This book will teach you how to become a powerful psychic witch, wielding your energy and awakening your psychic senses. It explores the relationship between psychic ability and magick, interweaving them to create a strong foundation for accessing the full potential of your mind, body, and spirit.
Witch has almost always had negative connotations, but a witch is a wise woman and a healer. Lisa Lister is a third generation hereditary witch explaining the history behind witchcraft, why identifying as a healer in the past led women to be burned at the stake, and why the witch is reawakening in women across the world today.
Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known the residents of their small town have thought they were odd, but two things threaten to upend their lives forever.
The first is the arrival of a mysterious baby with power similar to their own, the second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband who isn’t quite the man she thought she married. Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte need to decide how far they’re willing to go to protect themselves.
Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch in 1692, but 200 years later her legacy lives on in two very different lines. One uses their powers to heal and help women in need. The other is determined to take power for themselves by any means necessary.
The clash of fate plays out through Annis, a young woman living in the Gilded Age of New York City. She finds herself as a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy but she needs to claim her own power to save herself and resist the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.
Helen Lambert has lived countless lives as a young piano virtuoso in Paris in the 1890s, and actress in Hollywood in the 1930s, and a rockstar in Los Angeles in the 1970s, but she doesn’t even know it.
At least not until she meets an odd man who has claimed to have been watching over her for centuries, bound to her from the beginning. She, of course, doesn’t believe him but that starts to change when she starts having vivid dreams of ill-fated love and lives cut short.
She is caught in a curse and is being forced to relive the same tragic events that ruined her previous lives, but she has developed uncanny powers with each rebirth, so as the most powerful version of herself, she must find a way to break the curse.
Morgana is one of a kind in her small early 19th century Welsh town. She is small, quick, and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but she hasn’t spoken a word since she was a young girl. Her silence and magic are a mystery and bad luck tends to visit those who do her ill.
Her mother is concerned for Morgana’s safety and thinks it would be best for her to be married and Cai Jenkins who knows nothing of the rumors swirling around her seems the best choice.
Morgana is sad to leave her mother and wary of her new husband, but soon she begins to fall in love with his farm and the mountains that surround it. She thrives where humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, and her magic blossoms.
Cai works to understand his new wife and begins to win her affections, but a dark force is at work in her new village and there is a person who will stop at nothing to turn the town against Morgana, even at the expense of the people closest to her.
This is actually the third book in the Winternight Trilogy (The Bear and the Nightingale is book 1). If you’re looking for a great magical, witchy series, check this one out. Vasilisa Prtovna is determined to forge her own path, but her gifts have drawn the attention of the winter king. It’s too soon to know if this is a blessing or a curse, though.
Moscow has been struck by disaster and the people are looking for answers and someone to blame. Vasya is alone on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead to war and ruin. A wicked demon has returned and is determined to spread chaos.
And Vasya is caught in the middle of everything with the fate of two worlds resting on here shoulders. Her destiny is uncertain, but she uncovers truths about herself as she desperately tries to save everyone.
Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree after the Witchfinder of Wessex found himself a true witch in the spring of 1682 and Bess knows only one man that can save her from the same fate: Gideon Masters, the Warlock, and his book of shadows.
Gideon is teaching Bess how to use her powers and makes her immortal at his secluded cottage in the woods. She had no idea that centuries later he would be hunting her across time determined to collect payment for saving her life.
In present day England, she’s built a quiet life for herself, but her solitude ends when a teenage girl named Tegan starts hanging around. She starts teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch against her better judgement and wakes up memories and demons long-forgotten.
There you have it! 30+ awesome books about witches that are perfect to read this fall to get ready for halloween. I know there are a ton on here that I want to read!
Have you read any of these books about witches? Which ones? Any others I should check out?