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Witches of Lychford by [Cornell, Paul]
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Traveler, Cleric, Witch.

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment.

Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth -- that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination.

But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies...


"At once epic and terribly intimate. This is the story of a village, not a city, and all the more powerful for that; not all big fantasy needs an urban setting. Beautifully written, perfectly cruel, and ultimately kind. This is Cornell at the height of his craft." — Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the InCryptid and October Daye series

"Rich in charm... local politics and witchcraft writ small and personal, but large in consequence. [Cornell] adeptly describes the emotion of magic; its effects and internal ignition of wonder. The feel of being exposed to magic for the first time and the feel of doing magic and having it done to you have never been better described in any story." — Bill Willingham, author of Fables and Down the Mysterly River

"Masterfully creepy and sinister, all the more so for taking place in the beautifully drawn English countryside." — Jenny Colgan, author of Doctor Who: Into the Nowhere

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: (8 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The first book by Paul Cornell that I've read, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Fast paced, could have been longer in order to smooth over some of the bumps, and almost too reminiscent of Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins' novels. Even down to the female vicar! Being a pedant, I had a few problems with one or two grammatical clunks, but I'd certainly recommend the Witches of Lychford, and look forward to reading more about these three interesting ladies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gothic Low Fantasy 13 October 2015
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I was trying to think of how to describe “Witches of Lychford”. Labels used for books today confuse me. “Paranormal”, “Urban Fantasy”, “Paranormal Romance” or even, heaven help me, “Urban Paranormal Romance Fantasy”. So I’m sticking with the definition from the great book “Dark Imaginings”- High fantasy is set in a mythical world (i.e., Lord of the Rings) and low fantasy is set in this world. “Gothic” comes in from the horror element, using our fear of the unknown not the extreme horror of Stephen King. So “Gothic Low Fantasy” is perfect for “Witches”.

Set in modern day England in the village of Wychford, this short novel (novella?) has enough “devilish” themes to have a bit of horror element to it without being a horror story. The book description provides the basic story line so I won’t repeat it here. I will say though that the story excels in providing three unique main characters-Judith, the 71 year old “witch”, Lizzie, the Anglican minister and Autumn, the magic shop owner. Three distinct and interesting characters, each with their own interesting backstory. And although short, the author manages to provide a satisfying and complete story with none of the characters being neglected. With minimal “horror”, no graphic sex and limited, if any, foul language, “Wychford” is the perfect light fantasy read for squeamish fantasy fans :)

My one complaint is that, so far, there isn’t another “Witches” book. I’m told more of the story is due late in 2016 so in the meantime I’m going to check out some of the author’s other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This novella was intriguing. Now I want to read more. 15 September 2015
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This 144 page novella has the makings of a great prequel for a series. The whole stage is set for Judith (the village witch), Autumn (the magic shop owner who doesn't believe in magic), and Lizzie (the village Reverend who has lost her faith) to face the forces which are trying to interfere with the ancient layout of the village of Lychford. It seems there is a very specific reason the roads and surrounding walls are set out in their ages old pattern, to keep out the evil that only some can see. Judith is the village crazy lady fighting to keep the new mega store from building in Lychford. First she has to convince others she hasn't gone totally off the rails, then a solution has to be found to stop this move that will change the boundaries and let all manner of evil loose.

Paul Cornell has used every word of this novella to build the scene and then inject everything with a tension that kept me reading one page after another. There are even several surprises that I never saw coming and I liked that I couldn't figure out everything that was going to happen beforehand. The characters are well balanced with each principal character being just different enough from the other two to give variations of opinion on how the problems should be solved. Even though Judith had more length of experience with dealing with those outside the boundaries, each of the other two women had valid parts to play in coming to the resolution of the immediate danger. There is plenty of room for this series to grow and I hope that is what will happen.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vicar, a witch and magic shop owner...... 3 February 2016
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I really enjoyed Paul Cornell's "Severed Streets" and "London Falling". The police work felt authentic. I bought this book because I like his writing. It is a slower paced book than the London books, and that felt deliberate given that the action takes place in a very small community. This is a book of subtle words and ideas. If you're looking for exploding corpses and blood drenched rooms, this is not the book for you. If you believe that corporations are made up of soul sucking entities just waiting to ooze their way into your small town's life in the name of progress, this book could be for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-drawn female leads 23 January 2017
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Fantasy in a rustic, small-town setting with three well-drawn female leads. I didn't find the plot all that exciting at the start - urbanization of a rural town is not a topic I particularly care about - but I liked how it became darker and more sinister as the story went on. The three characters kept my interest throughout - nice variety there, with a cranky 70-year-old, a young church vicar and an atheist - and the ending was really well done. I'd love to see more of the three women; I'm definitely picking up the sequel.
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment 17 June 2017
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It's been a long time since I was this disappointed in a book. I thought there was intriguing setup, good character development, and interesting plot lines - but then it just ended! The pacing was terrible; all of a sudden it's wow, it's over, everything's okay. Huh??? I was wondering if this was originally a YA book but even YA books have to be better written and deliver more. Will not read anything more by this author.