Can’t Wait Wednesday: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Can’t Wait Wednesday is a chance to cast a spotlight on books we haven’t read yet, especially ones that have yet to be released.

This week, I can’t wait for…


In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters — James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna — join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote — and perhaps not even to live — the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

Release Date

October 13, 2020

Why I Can’t Wait

I genuinely don’t know what to expect from this book. The names of the three sisters are definitely whimsical, but it sounds like there are some serious, scary forces who don’t want women (and especially witches) to be able to vote. This is definitely YA, but I can’t tell whether it will lean towards the older or younger portion of that audience. Either way… sisterly bonds, magic, and women’s suffrage sounds like a good time to me! I think this will be a fun, feminist read, and I’m eager to pick it up this October.

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