I’ve been hooked on Louisa Morgan since I first picked up A Secret History of Witches last year. The Age of Witches is her third foray into magical historical fiction and, in my opinion, her best. Reconstruction-era New York and Victorian England are brought to vivid life as we weave our way through the social niceties (and not-so-niceties) of families and stepfamilies, marriage, and the social expectations of women of the era while expertly adding in a beautiful thread of magic and female companionship.
— J Gallo
Selected as a Staff Favorite Book of 2020 by J, Bookshop bookseller.
— From Staff Favorites from 2020
In Gilded Age New York, a centuries-long clash between two magical families ignites when a young witch must choose between love and loyalty, power and ambition, in this magical novel by Louisa Morgan.
In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need; the other, determined to grasp power for themselves by whatever means necessary.
This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She'll need to claim her own power to save herself-and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.
Praise for The Age of Witches:
"Morgan's beautifully conjured tale of three women, social mores, and the sanctity of self-determination is thoroughly enthralling." —Booklist (starred review)
"Morgan’s incantatory prose and independent-minded women will delight fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen with this tale of female self-realization and magical realism. A highly enjoyable read." —Historical Novel Society
"An Austen-esque romance, a heart-racing mystery full of dangerous twists and an anxiety-inducing yet enthralling family feud....It all makes for a perfect brew." —Bookpage
For more from Louisa Morgan, check out:
A Secret History of Witches
The Witch's Kind
About the Author
Louisa Morgan is the author of A Secret History of Witches and a pseudonym for award-winning author Louise Marley. Louise lives in the Pacific Northwest where she and her Border Terrier, Oscar, ramble the beaches and paths of Washington State.
"Morgan's beautifully conjured tale of three women, social mores, and the sanctity of self-determination is thoroughly enthralling."
—Booklist (starred review)
"[A] robust tale of matriarchal magic in a lushly depicted Gilded Age New York....Readers will root for these powerful women as they struggle to overcome the social limitations of their time, whether through magic or force of personality."
"A compelling tale of love and magic in historic America and England....This is a must-read for those who like magic, love and a little bit of feel-good feminism."
"Morgan’s incantatory prose and independent-minded women will delight fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen with this tale of female self-realization and magical realism. A highly enjoyable read."
—Historical Novel Society
"An Austen-esque romance, a heart-racing mystery full of dangerous twists and an anxiety-inducing yet enthralling family feud....It all makes for a perfect brew."
"The strength of Morgan's powerful
story is her depiction of this time and place and the everyday struggles of determined women. A great choice for readers who enjoy novels by Alice Hoffman and Barbara Kingsolver.
"—Booklist on The Witch's Kind
"Family, love, and ultimately personal strength.
Fans of Morgan's The Secret History of Witches
will appreciate this latest installment, and newcomers will be equally enchanted
."—Historical Novel Society on The Witch's Kind
"Completely engrossing and hard to put down...
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical dramas about found families or women's fiction with a touch of the supernatural."—Bibliosanctum on The Witch's Kind
"Morgan's transportive words will sweep you away to a time of magic, love, and loss.
Simply hold on and enjoy this mesmerizing ride.
"—Tish Thawer, award-winning author of The Witches of BlackBrook series, on A Secret History of Witches
"Epic in scope and heartbreakingly tender in its portrayal of mothers and daughters... Recommended for fans of Nora Roberts and readers of feminist fantasy."
—Booklist on A Secret History of Witches
"Fresh and unpredictable....
[Morgan] depicts with visceral impact
the roles of women in a male-centered world."—Historical Novel Society, on A Secret History of Witches
"At once sprawling and intimate, A Secret History of Witches deftly captures the greatest magic of all: the love between mothers and daughters
."—Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of The Immortals on A Secret History of Witches"
A moving multigenerational saga about strong women who work behind the scenes to save the world from tyranny.
A deeply satisfying and magical work of great craft."—Carol Goodman, author of The Lake of Dead Languages, on A Secret History of Witches"
I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic if it had been set in various time periods, but much more expansive in scope.
Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time."—Laure Eve, author of The Graces, on A Secret History of Witches "Epic relay race that gripped me from start to finish
. Fiercely uncompromising and unsentimentally poignant, A Secret History of Witches
will transfix you."—Michael Bishop
"An enthralling journey
through time and the hearts of women with powers they must hide. Deeply moving and richly conceived.
The secret is out. This is how it happened."—Kay Kenyon, author of At the Table of Wolves, on A Secret History of Witches"A Secret History of Witches
examines the bonds between mothers and daughters, and the power of hidden magic to quietly save the world, particularly as the world braces for another global war."—Brit + Co
"A Secret History of Witches
is an epic family saga that speaks to the strength of all women
and the difference that one true heart can make, not only for herself, but for the world."—Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Golden Coin