Review: The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

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For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.
In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.
In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.
In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves… before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

I was hoping to save this one for Halloween/October time, but I was running out of standalones to read on Scirbd, so I made the decision to pick it up now. And as this book is so focused on all seasons, I actually don’t think there is a perfect time to pick it up anymore, everything works!

I really like the premise of this book and I can see why it became so popular so quickly. I enjoyed the elemental magic and the idea of climate change affecting the witches magic felt very important and relevant. I did read this one as an audiobook but it flew by and I feel like I would have read it super quickly if I’d have picked up the physical version.

But I like winter. Winter is the truest of the seasons. It’s what remains after everything else is stripped away. The leaves fall. The colors fade. The branches get brittle.

I liked the idea of Clara having this inner turmoil and it gave a solid plot for the story, but I can also see why some readers think she is a little annoying. Her naivety made her seem like a very young narrator and that, along with the romance, echoed Twilight era books for me. I managed to overlook this most of the time, but I think it’s worth considering if you’re going into this one.

I liked the love interest and the romance, and I feel like it made the book easy to like. The fantasy system was unique and I liked seeing the changing of the seasons, with snippets from another book throughout. It was such an easygoing fantasy that felt very approachable and easy to read.

And if you can love the earth, understand it when all the beauty is gone and see it for what it is, that’s magic.

Overall, this book isn’t without it’s problems but was very easy to like and I can see why it’s so popular! I’d definitely recommend it if you think you can overlook the younger tone.

★★★★
3.5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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