Morrow. Feb. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780063054899. $28.99. FANTASY
Lucky St. James is facing eviction in Toronto while caring for her grandmother, Stella, who’s struggling with dementia. Her life changes when she finds a silver spoon, one of seven belonging to a coven of witches, masquerading as a company called VenCo who are destined to change the world. Lucky is the sixth to find her spoon. Now it’s her job to locate the seventh spoon and the witch it’s meant for before time runs out—and before she’s caught by Jay, a powerful witch hunter motivated by a centuries-old grudge. As Lucky and Stella head to New Orleans in search of the spoon, they journey through an American landscape populated with wise women working against the oppressive forces of patriarchy and capitalism. The regionally based magic system values multicultural traditions, including Lucky’s Métis Indigenous knowledge. The perspective shifts between a large cast, which limits the development of the secondary characters, but the strong through line of Lucky’s familial relationship with Stella spurs her, and the novel, on.
VERDICT Dimaline’s latest adult work (after Empire of Wild) will appeal to readers looking for feminist tales of women hexing the patriarchy.
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