A review for The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin


π‘Šπ‘–π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ 𝑖𝑠 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘’π‘ π‘‘ π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘’π‘Žπ‘ π‘œπ‘›π‘ . 𝐼𝑑’𝑠 π‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘šπ‘Žπ‘–π‘›π‘  π‘Žπ‘“π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘¦π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘” 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑠 π‘ π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘π‘’π‘‘ π‘Žπ‘€π‘Žπ‘¦. π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘™π‘’π‘Žπ‘£π‘’π‘  π‘“π‘Žπ‘™π‘™. π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘œπ‘™π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘  π‘“π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’. π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘›π‘β„Žπ‘’π‘  𝑔𝑒𝑑 π‘π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘‘π‘‘π‘™π‘’. 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑓 π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘π‘Žπ‘› π‘™π‘œπ‘£π‘’ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ πΈπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘β„Ž, π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘ π‘‘π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ 𝑖𝑑 π‘€β„Žπ‘’π‘› π‘Žπ‘™π‘™ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘’π‘Žπ‘’π‘‘π‘¦ 𝑖𝑠 π‘”π‘œπ‘›π‘’ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑖𝑑 π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ 𝑖𝑑 𝑖𝑠, π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘’𝑠 π‘šπ‘Žπ‘”π‘–π‘.

Rachel Griffin

The story here is about a girl who is an Ever witch. The only one born after centuries. An Ever witch is a witch who can manipulate all the seasons; Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. The personality and feelings of every seasonal witch depends on the season they belong to and they are considerably weaker in the months that don’t belong to their season.
In this reimagined Earth witches and humans here known as the Shaders, live peacefully together. Witches are responsible for taking care of the atmosphere, the Earth itself. On every corner of the world there are witches keeping check of the environment, keeping balance for all the new changes the shaders make.

Day by day witches are dying because of the depletion of their powers. The weather is constantly and rapidly changing. No matter how much they warn the Shaders about the consequences of their actions, they brush it off saying that they would handle it.

The Ever witch being the most powerful witch, it is her responsibility to help the witches control the weather and protect the world.

Clara, our female protagonist, is the Ever witch. She stays in isolation in a cabin near her school. She pushes everyone away because she thinks that if she gets close to any person then her untamed magic would go after someone and hurt them. The death of her parents and best friend because of her magic, has traumatised her very badly. She also feared that, as she is an Ever witch and that her personality and feelings change as the season changes, so she might not be able to have a proper relationship with anyone.
Clara’s character is very weak, she shows no confidence or any reluctance to try to learn to control her magic. Until she is forced to do so when her teacher and her training process is changed.
She shows some growth at the end of the book. She learns to control her magic and once again interacts with her friends and classmates.

Sang is the transfer student who, under his mentor’s orders, starts to oversee Clara’s training. At first Clara does not like the idea of new way training and that she was forced into the situation. However , Sang slowly coaxes her to use her powers and help her.
The training does help her a lot and both Sang and Clara form a bond, have feelings for each other.

Sang and Clara’s relationship was sweet. Sang is supportive and protective. Together they were really great but I just couldn’t picture it. I found it to be too instant, there was very little buildup. That’s why I just couldn’t think of it being real.

The plot of the book was quite interesting and imaginative. I enjoyed it but it was really hard for me to connect with the characters. The writing felt flat and it wasn’t engaging enough. The author has tried to convey an important message about the way our environment is changing and it’s adverse effects. I had high hopes for this book when I first started reading it but it was just too simple, there wasn’t a lot of action, the plot twists were predictable and it felt boring in some places. The ending may have been the only part that was engaging and a little fast paced.

I thank Net Galley and Sourcebooks fire for allowing me to read and review this book.

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