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Head of Zeus
Witch
Witch: A dark and immersive debut about women, witchcraft and revenge Finbar Hawkins

Set in the 17th century, a breathtaking debut, and a potential prize-winner, about the power of women, witchcraft, fury, revenge and the ties that bind us.

After witnessing the brutal murder of her mother by witch-hunters, Evey vows to avenge her and track down the killers. Fury burns in her bright and strong. But she has promised her mother that she will keep Dill, her little sister, safe.

As the lust for blood and retribution rises to fever pitch, will Evey keep true to the bonds of sisterhood and to the magick that is her destiny?

Praise for Witch:

'A story that captures sibling rivalry so perfectly and tells its tale so beautifully I didn't want it to finish' JASBINDER BILAN

'Raw, mystical and beautifully told. A striking debut' KIRSTY APPLEBAUM

'An assured debut of sisterhood and fury' THE BOOKSELLER

'A book filled with enchantment, in every sense. Dark, exciting and pacy, Witch brilliantly balances magic and realism' ANTHONY McGOWAN

'There is real magic here, though what leaps off the page is the creepy atmosphere and the raw emotion of a grieving, raging girl ... Perfect reading for a dark, stormy night' IRISH TIMES WEEKEND

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
01 Oct 2020 * 384pp * £0.99 * 9781838935634
REVIEWS
'I felt its dark jewelled cloak fall about my shoulders and magic me to the time of witch-craft. A story that captures sibling rivalry so perfectly and tells its tale so beautifully I didn't want it to finish'
Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa-winning Asha and the Spirit Bird
'An assured debut of sisterhood and fury'
The Bookseller
'Dark, spooky, and with beautiful lyrical prose, this is the ideal book to curl up with as the nights get darker and colder in the run up to Halloween'
BookTrust
'A book filled with enchantment, in every sense. Dark, exciting and pacy, Witch brilliantly balances magic and realism'
Anthony McGowan, author of CILIP Carnegie Medal winner Lark
'There is real magic here, though what leaps off the page is the creepy atmosphere and the raw emotion of a grieving, raging girl ... Perfect reading for a dark, stormy night'
Irish Times Weekend
'Witch is a rare thing, a book both brilliant and original, as strange and dark as it is beautiful. A tale of revenge set in war-ravaged landscape, ruled by fear and superstition; of redemption and love between two sisters; of the corrupting power of 'Magick.' All this. And more besides'
Chris Vick, author of CILIP Carnegie-shortlisted Girl Boy Sea
'I loved it. I loved how atmospheric it was, I loved the fierce loyalty of Evey and Dill, I loved how I could smell the weather on every page'
Emma Kennedy, author of the Wilma Tenderfoot series
'Bold, original, powerful story-telling. This story of fierce love, anger and revenge, war and witch hunts, is tense and bloody and compelling'
Julia Green, author of The House of Light
'I couldn't stop reading this 5-star story for teens, full of witchcraft, revenge and the power of women'
Mel Darbon, author of Rosie Loves Jack
'Evey is a marvellous, complex, flawed heroine ... Hawkins is a master of raising and re-raising the stakes ... The tale builds to a climax of incredible, cinematic imagery ... A fantastic first outing'
Cory Doctorow, author of Surface Attack
Author
Finbar Hawkins
Finbar Hawkins
Finbar Hawkins is a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in Writing for Young People. He grew up in Blackheath, London and now lives in Wiltshire with his family, in a landscape steeped in myth and legend. He is a creative director for Aardman in Bristol, where he makes fun interactive things for children of all ages.