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Alexis Henderson

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Værker af Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching (2020) 1,101 eksemplarer
House of Hunger (2022) 276 eksemplarer

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Holy cow, this book was riveting.
A sapphic retelling of the legend of Elizabeth Bathory with a nod to Dracula and his brides as well.

While some of the concepts like "blood fuel" and "blood wine" confused me in terms of how they would chemically work, I think they were meant to be more of a metaphorical concept of how industry and empire run on the exploitation of life.

The descriptions of the food, architecture, and Dionysian delights were scrumptious and provided an interesting foil to the more ghastly and disturbing details, much like the dank and moldy labyrinth underneath Lisabet's estate. The pacing was good and didn't feel too long or too short. I can't remember the last book that was so effortlessly enjoyable for me to read as this one, I practically devoured it in only a few days! I appreciated the diverse perspectives and think the character development was great as well.

I just wish I knew what happened to the girls at the end of the book after they board that night train. Do they succeed at toppling the horrifying blood maid and blood-based nobility system or at least manage to find some happiness, healing, and safety on their own? Since this book is a horror story, I would like to think the reason it ended so abruptly is that the horrors ended for them after that night.
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nessie_arduin | 15 andre anmeldelser | Feb 1, 2024 |
This was a fun book to read. It also calls out the patriarchy in the most beautiful way. I actually ended up really loving the message, it hit me at a point when I was getting bored and then BAM I was hooked again
ChaoticGoblin | 32 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
Female submission by sadistic, narcissistic males. Doesn’t sound very original? Well think again. This story is that, yes, but it’s also so much more. I’m not sure if it’s considered YA but it seems much too dark for that qualification in my opinion. What I love is that the witches in this book are real! Finally, a story about truly creepy, powerful, shaking in your shoe’s witches! Lately any title with the word “witch” ends up being ok. I did Finish the second book in the A Discovery of Witches series but, that’s more time travel and magical. This is more a chill you to the bones kind of read.
The Year of the Witching is set in a fictional puritanical society similar to that of Salem, where women are persecuted for witchcraft and other crimes that the men of cloth get away with scot-free. Bethel is a society based in hypocrisy and its history is riddled with untruths. I appreciated how Alexis Anderson told a feminist story in which the main character, Immanuelle, is a strong female who is dedicated to changing Bethel for the better by protecting the vulnerable and punishing those who abuse their power behind the Church.

There were some positively spooky scenes set in the Darkwood and the witches were both frightening and captivating. Yet, towards the middle of the book, the story began to slow for me a bit. For one, I wanted more interactions with the witches and more magic. I felt the story stalled a bit until we reached the climax. I also felt the relationship between Ezra and Immanuelle was more of a friendship and I could never buy their romance. Their relationship needed to be more developed and I would have loved to delve more into the relationship between Vera and Immanuelle as well. Overall, this was a good debut, there were just certain elements I wanted more of that I hope to get more of in a second book maybe?
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b00kdarling87 | 32 andre anmeldelser | Jan 7, 2024 |
What a bloody good time of a book! This was my first read from Alexis Henderson, and while I did have a few quibbles, overall it didn’t disappoint.

This is the tale of Marion Shaw, a 20-year old girl who was born and raised in the slums with an abusive brother. So we already know she’s tough. Desperate for a better life, she answers an ad for a bloodmaid to one of the rich houses in the North. When there, she’s drawn into the dark world of Countess Lisavet Bathory (based on Elizabeth Bathory), the mysterious noblemen and women who reside there, and her fellow bloodmaids.

I really liked Marion as a character. She is tough yet vulnerable, so very relatable. The atmosphere is wonderful - you could really imagine the setting, the lavish yet mysterious house, and you felt what the girls did. Countess Lisavet is alluring and seductive, and holds a lot of secrets. The nobles are just as sneaky and twisted as you first suspect. And the twists when Marion discovers what’s *really* going on! I found myself really rooting for her at the end.

Writing was beautiful and flowed well.

That being said, I found the pacing to be off. Not a lot happened for a good long while, and then a lot happened in the last 1/3 of the book…like the events leading to the ending happened at warp speed. The romance between Lisavet and Marion was also a bit strange. I couldn’t figure out why Lisavet fell in love with her, out of all the bloodmaids she ever had. I saw the lust, yes, but I didn’t really feel the love between them that they claimed to feel.

This is told in third person from Marion’s POV, and each chapter is headed with a quote from a bloodmaid that hints at what the chapter will be about.

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s well-done. I would definitely put this author at the top of my horror authors list!
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galian84 | 15 andre anmeldelser | Dec 29, 2023 |



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