Title: The Nature of Witches
Author: Rachel Griffin
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: June 1, 2021
Format: e-ARC through Netgalley- Thank you, Sourcebooks Fire!
“For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.
In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.
In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.
In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves… before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.
Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.“
I’ve been in a real witchy mood lately and was so glad to finally jump into this one! It was more of an urban fantasy, which isn’t my typical genre. It’s okay- it’s good to branch out!
Clara has been through a lot of terrible things. Her magic, which is so strong, attacks her loved ones. She’s living with what essentially feels like a curse. Those around her want her to tap into it and let go because they need her to save the world. I had a hard time with the way people treated her, especially her teachers. It was a bit much at times. There is one who is quite confusing. It seems like he was made out to be a villain but not really. We don’t get a good explanation there. I did enjoy watching her throughout the seasons, which I found a cool aspect.
One of the main themes in this book is about how we are destroying the Earth, aka climate change. The point of this book is that there are all these natural disasters happening when they shouldn’t be. They are running out of powerful enough witch magic to combat them. It pulls a lot of similarities to what, we as humans, are doing to destroy the Earth.
The romance was enjoyable and a slow burn. What I really loved was Sang. Omg… he might be one of my favorite romance interests in a long time. He was so sweet, caring, and just the best. Sometimes I felt like the chemistry was a bit off between him and Clara.
There are times that the plot drags a little bit, especially in the beginning. Otherwise, this was a quick read for me. I finished it in a couple of days. I did feel like the ending was the opposite and a bit rushed. It all happened so quickly and I didn’t like how things are thrown at the last minute.
Overall, this was an interesting and quick read for me. I loved Sang so much and he’s probably my favorite thing about this book. haha. If you enjoy reading about witches and nature then I think you will like this one!