The Lost Witch

St. Martin’s Griffin. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250797391. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
In 1922, Brigid Heron is a powerful witch living off the coast of Ireland on the island of Evermore, devoted to her goddess Brighid and desperately yearning for a child. She becomes pregnant against Brighid’s express wishes but has an idyllic life with her young daughter Dove. All seems well until she finds herself a hundred years in the future, without Dove or any memories of what happened. Local witches Ophelia and Finola are willing to help uncover the truth, especially if it means ending Evermore’s isolation from the rest of the world. Handsome Luc Knightly offers a distraction, but Brigid isn’t sure he can be trusted as finding Dove must remain her priority. Crutcher’s (The Orphan Witch) opening chapter is rushed and muddled and robs readers of the pleasure of experiencing Brigid’s confusion firsthand. Instead, frequent info-dumps take the place of character development, especially for the one-dimensional villains.
VERDICT Those who like Irish folklore may enjoy.
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