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Witches of Lychford

Book 1, Witches of Lychford

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Traveler, Cleric, Witch.

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment.

Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth -- that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination.

But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies...


"At once epic and terribly intimate. This is the story of a village, not a city, and all the more powerful for that; not all big fantasy needs an urban setting. Beautifully written, perfectly cruel, and ultimately kind. This is Cornell at the height of his craft." — Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the InCryptid and October Daye series

"Rich in charm... local politics and witchcraft writ small and personal, but large in consequence. [Cornell] adeptly describes the emotion of magic; its effects and internal ignition of wonder. The feel of being exposed to magic for the first time and the feel of doing magic and having it done to you have never been better described in any story." — Bill Willingham, author of Fables and Down the Mysterly River

"Masterfully creepy and sinister, all the more so for taking place in the beautifully drawn English countryside." — Jenny Colgan, author of Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere

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From Publishers Weekly

Aug 17, 2015 – Cornell author of comics, Doctor Who books, postapocalyptic narratives, and supernatural police procedurals reworks familiar concepts of fairies and ancient mythologies in this intriguing novella. Lychford, an English hamlet suffering under the government's austerity policies, is divided over whether to welcome a new superstore, Sovo, in place of its faltering local businesses. Curmudgeonly 71-year-old Judith Mawson knows that Lychford is the crossroads where many magical worlds connect, and if the street pattern is disrupted, chaos will inevitably reign. She bands together with Autumn, an atheist who owns a New Age shop, and Lizzie, the town's widowed vicar, to stop Sovo from permanently changing Lychford and letting dangerous spirits cross the boundaries keeping our world safe. With clarity and wit, Cornell cleverly juxtaposes the setting of a sleepy English town against the notion of an enchanted land. His characters are well-defined, and their foibles and idiosyncrasies make for an engaging read. Refreshing and suspenseful, this novella is an inventive look at the idea of magic lurking just beyond one's reach.

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Witches of Lychford
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Sep 08, 2015
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 144 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Witches of Lychford
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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