Our Goodreads group has spoken! Each month the members of the Ladies of Horror Fiction Goodreads group vote on our next readalong book.
The readalong selection for December is:
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.
In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.
But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.
Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
The readalong will start on December 1, and discussions will take place throughout the month of December. You must be a member of the Ladies of Horror Fiction Goodreads group to participate. Everyone is welcome to join!
The discussion thread is open for early chatting: December 2020 Readalong: The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson. Be sure to check in and let us know you are joining us. Once the readalong starts, be sure to use spoiler tags for those who are still reading!
If you have any questions, please let us know. We look forward to reading with you next month!
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