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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery by Brom

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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery

Published: 2021
Age Range: Young Adult - Adult
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction

So, take The Handmaid’s Tale and bring it back to it’s origins: Puritan, colonial America. Now, make the main character reactive Janine instead of calculating June. And give her a friend who happens to be a demon that is having an existential crisis. Yes, I’m serious. And this is just the start. This book, beloved by many, is a wild ride. I appreciate that the author created characters that do what real-life historical Puritans imagined witches and demons were doing in the woods. (Even though he left out the sexy parts, strangely.) But is it serious, or tongue-in-cheek? You will have to decide that for yourself.

One of the best things about this book is the eight pages of Brom’s gorgeous, full-color artwork. In fact, that’s what drew me to the book in the first place. There are chapter illustrations throughout as well. But the paintings are mesmerizing, and they are of characters in the book, some of which are strange and unusual creatures and would have been difficult to visualize without the help.

If you enjoy violent, compelling stories about witches, pagan gods, and demons, or feminist reboots of historic injustices, or if you just want to view the eerily entrancing artwork–which I highly recommend–then you may want to check out this book.