Isabella is a mediocre-at-best witch who keeps getting run out of the towns the hire her—with torches and pitchforks, the whole sha-bang. When she hears that the sleepy town of Benevolence only needs one spell a year from their resident witch, she signs up immediately. However, Benevolence turns out to be less, well, benevolent that she had hoped, and Isabella finds herself sympathizing with the local outcast, Emily. And if her hearts’ flutterings are any indication, the feelings go much deeper than sympathy.
This was a perfect little solstice tale of togetherness, love, and new beginnings. Isabella was a great protagonist; true-hearted and determined, even if she lacks some in skills and dedication. It was nice to find a fantasy story with queer characters whose queerness wasn’t ever a question; in fact, it wasn’t even a plot-point. It just simply was, without batting an eye.
Elora Bishop/Sarah Diemer is on the pulse of something new and important in the industry. She’s a relatively new indie author, but not one to be ignored.