About the Book
Witch of the Wild Beasts by Catherine Stine
Publication Date: March 11, 2020
Konjur Road Press
Paperback & eBook; 294 Pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy
When Evalina is imprisoned for witchcraft, will her supernatural bond with animals be her curse or salvation?
In 1854, Evalina Stowe witnesses the murder of her brother by Dr. Dowdrick, an enraged client at the tailorís where they work. Desperate to stop him, she rouses a swarm of wasps that sting the doctor while she stabs him with scissors, and then flees. At a subsequent job when birds race to her defense, Evalina is declared a witch and sent to Philadelphiaís Eastern State Penitentiary.
While imprisoned, Evalina is horrified not only to learn that Dr. Dowdrick is still alive, but heís experimenting on inmates. Determined to get inside his Eclectic Medical School, to expose his nefarious activities, sheís passionate about protecting fellow prisoners, especially Lewin, a child thief who knew her brother, and Birdy, a kind, resilient Welsh man serving time for a workerís death while blasting granite for the railroad.
Evalina, her friends and her ìwild beastsî work against time to unmask Dowdrickís crimes when she participates with him in a symposium, showcasing Philadelphiaís premium doctors. If they fail, not only will the doctorís evil deeds continue unchecked but Evalina and her crew will surely be hung. Actual historical figures such as Dr. Thomas Mutter and Charles Dickens spice up this fantastical thriller brimming with historical gems set in Philadelphiaís renowned penitentiary. Won a second place spot in The 2019 Valley Forge RWA Sheila contest.
This book is just so cool! I mean not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story is just so interesting! I love the mix of fantasy and historical fiction along with the setting of this one. I have a thing for books set in either asylums or penitentiaries way back when. They were just such terrible places and I think it is important to shed light on the horridness that was these locations.
The magic system in this book was done really well. It was there but it wasn’t oversaturated throughout the story, which made it fit better. It was honestly such an intriguing story and I couldn’t put the book down. It was a historical and fantasy but also had a little bit of suspense to it. But then again I do love everything gothic.
The characters were all so engaging. There was such a varying cast of good and evil that you were kept on the edge of your seat throughout the read. I would definitely recommend this book to so many different types of readers as I could see it appealing to many different genre lovers.
About the Author
Catherine Stine is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi thrillers and young adult fiction. She lives in Manhattan, grew up in Philadelphia and is known to roam the Catskills. Her most recent novel, Witch of the Wild Beasts won a second prize spot in the 2019 Valley Forge RWA Sheila Contest. Other novels have earned Indie Notable awards and New York Public Library Best Books for Teens. Before writing novels, she was a painter and childrenís fabric designer. Sheís a visual author when it comes to scenes, and she sees writing as painting with words. She loves edgy thrills, perhaps because her dad read Edgar Allen Poe tales to her as a child. Catherine loves spending time with her beagle Benny, writing about supernatural creatures, gardening on her deck, traveling and meeting readers at book fests.
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