July 21, 2021

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

The Nature of Witches
 by Rachel Griffin
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Format: eBook (library)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

The Nature of Witches was a truly magical read and is one of my favorite books from July 2021. 

Most witches are strongest in one season, and weak the other three-fourths of the year. But Clara is an Everwitch, the first in 100 years, with magic tied to all four seasons and the best hope the world has for stopping the damage from climate change. Clara has no interest in such responsibility, however, as her magic has only lead to heartbreak and hurt the people she loves. 

I loved the diverse cast in the book, the bisexual MC, and how we get to go on Clara's journey with her. Clara is dealing with a lot between the expectations of being an Everwitch, not knowing how to control her powers, and coping with the grief over the death of one of her past loves. The love interest in the book, Sang is such a cinnamon roll and has easily made his way onto my list of book boyfriends (not an easy feat). His relationship with Clara is so authentic and emotional, and I loved how they opened up to each other naturally over the course of the story. 

In addition to the romance and the fantasy elements, I think Griffin makes some very important and valid references to the state of the environment and climate change. She shines a light on some of the problems like extreme weather, natural disasters, forest fires, and tornados. Despite all these bad things that definitely warrant attention, Griffin maintains a hopeful tone throughout the book. There is still a chance to reverse some of the damage to the environment if people start paying more attention. 

I will definitely be recommending this book to those who ask in the future. I'm so sad that this is a standalone novel, I wish it was a full series! Everything felt tied up nicely in a bow though, so there are no cliffhangers to worry about for anyone who might be concerned. 

TW: sexism, mental health challenges, grief

About the Author

Rachel Griffin writes young adult novels inspired by the magic of the world around her. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches and the forthcoming Wild is the Witch, releasing from Sourcebooks Fire in summer 2022.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has a deep love of nature, from the mountains to the ocean and all the towering evergreens in between. She adores moody skies and thunderstorms, and hopes more vampires settle down in her beloved state of Washington.

On her path to writing novels, Rachel graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in diagnostic ultrasound. She worked in healthcare for five years and taught ultrasound at her alma mater before making the switch to a small startup. She has been mentoring in Pitch Wars since 2017 and now writes full-time from her home in the Seattle area.

When she isn’t writing, you can find her wandering the PNW, reading by the fire, or drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea. She lives with her husband, small dog, and growing collection of houseplants.

Rachel is represented by Elana Roth Parker of the Laura Dail Literary Agency. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @TimesNewRachel.

Rachel Griffin Author Photo Credit: Dawndra Budd

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