The Witches of New York

The Witches of New York

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In 1880s New York, Beatrice, unaware of her spiritual gifts, applies for a job at a teashop for female occultists run by Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair and with their help, she faces down the dark forces lurking in the city.
New York, 1880. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many-- some with true powers, others gifted with the art of performance-- find work as mediums. At Tea and Sympathy, Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St. Clair provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations. When Beatrice hires as a shop girl, she doesn't know she has spiritual gifts. As she learns to harness her powers, she doesn't know of the evils lurking-- or the courage it will take to face them.
Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, [2017]
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062359926
0062359924
Characteristics: 535, 14 pages ; 21 cm

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genepy
Nov 08, 2017

The reader is spellbound by this unconventional novel, which is not only a thrilling experience but a learning one as well : a well-documented historical background , a detailed social depiction of the living conditions of unmarried women at the time ( late 19th century ) and of course magical spells and recipes…! the quaint atmosphere of the times and the mystical characters of the story add to its seductiveness.
A perfect concoction for witchcraft lovers only, very entertaining and “enchanting”….

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chloecat
Apr 26, 2017

Though not my usual genre, and a bit slow at the beginning, I found I really enjoyed this book and the characters. The passions, potents, and nature of witchcraft at the time was interesting.i would definitely recommend, but keep an open mind, and just enjoy the writing,
4/5 stars.

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Skaidrite
Mar 28, 2017

I enjoyed this book very much and for me it ended too soon. It's for everyone who likes witches and ghosts and goblins.

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vancouverville
Mar 20, 2017

Very slow first 100 pages, but things picked up after that. Probably enjoyable for those who are into witchcraft and things. The historical New York setting was a nice element.

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SoHum
Mar 15, 2017

A big disappointment after her other books. Really frothy!

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21221018293347
Mar 09, 2017

Too slow for me. I lost interest. Her other books were better.

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obtusata
Feb 07, 2017

This is not the kind of book that I normally read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an interesting pro-witch tale about three women: a witch, a seer and a young woman only just learning about witchcraft.

At times, the pace was a bit slow, but I enjoyed the writing overall. It’s full of interesting supporting characters (my favourite being Madame St. Clair, who I think may deserve her own book) and built around the backdrop of the arrival of an Egyptian obelisk.

The book is beautifully formatted. The moon cycles, (fake) newspaper clippings, and highlights from Eleanor’s grimoire added to the generally atmosphere of the book and supplemented the lore and spells scattered throughout the story.

Some plots lines and characters did not come to a conclusion or get fully developed, which makes me suspect that this book will have a sequel.

ontherideau Jan 20, 2017

Like slavery, witch hunts were born of greed, ignorance and ignorant fear. Ami McKay has done her research and produced a fine read. Innocence, sinister acts and brave faith.

lindsay_r Jan 14, 2017

Some may find the pacing a bit slow, but I was enthralled by the rich atmosphere, intriguing characters, and terrifying antagonist. I will definitely be reading more of Ami McKay's work.

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bibliomum
Dec 15, 2016

A hauntingly beautiful book. Ami McKay + witches = love

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SPL_Brittany Nov 14, 2016

Beloved and bestselling novelist Ami McKay returns with her most beguiling novel yet, luring us deep inside the lives of three remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft...

Set in New York in the 1880s, the great obelisk, Cleopatra's Needle is slowly making its way through the city. While Egyptomania grips the city, three women, Eleanor, born into witchcraft and taught by her mother; Adelaide Thom ('Moth' from The Virgin Cure) a former sideshow fortune teller who's beginning to understand her true gifts; and Beatrice a young woman seeking her independence, have all experienced the unexplainable. Recognizing that they are stronger together, the three women form a partnership. Their tea shop caters to Manhattan's wealthy society women specializing in cures, palmistry and potions -- while carefully guarding the secrets of their clients. While helping Beatrice expand and understand her gifts, dark forces gather around them and they'll stop at nothing to drive the witches from their midst. Two hundred years after the trials at Salem, in a time when women were committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

An atmospheric read, McKay creates a wonderful sense of New York City during this era, and brings all of her characters vividly to life in a clever tale of the power of love, friendship and witchery that will delight the minds of readers. An enjoyable read for fans of Paula Brackston. 

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SCL_Leanne Aug 29, 2017

"Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply."

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