Title: The Witch’s Heart
Author: Genevieve Gornichec
Genre: Historical Fiction-Fantasy, Retelling, Paranormal
Page Count: 368
Published by: Ace Books
Date Published: February 9, 2021
You can find it here: Bookshop.org
I usually pick older releases for my monthly book recommendation, but ever since I read The Witch’s Heart in February, I can’t stop thinking about it! It is a definite read for any fan of absorbing, slowly told stories that combine elements of fantasy and mythology. The Witch’s Heart is a beautifully written tale of survivorship, the power of a mother’s love, betrayal, and hope. Genevieve Gornichec brings to life a strong literary heroine in a story that reads both fairytale and modern feminist, doing for Angrboda what Madeline Miller did for Circe. I can’t recommend this one enough.
After refusing to divulge information to Odin regarding her visions of the future, Angrboda’s heart is removed from her chest and she is burned three times at the stake … this is where her story begins.
Escaping Asgard to the farthest reaches of the Ironwood forest, she finds she is not alone. Loki has followed her and bears a great gift – her heart, which he recovered from her pyre. They begin a great courtship resulting in three unusual children, but this time of peace is not to last as Odin continually hunts her and her information. As her powers gradually return to her and new visions appear, Angrboda must decide if she will continue to hide or accept the fate she fears and fight for her family. Aided by unique friends – a great she-wolf and Skadi, a powerful Huntress God – her incredible powers will be tested to their limit as she risks it all to save those she loves most.
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