Book Review: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

The wind took hold of whatever I felt, and ran away with it

I picked up a copy of the newly re-released The Near Witch, wondering if it would be more like the Shades of Magic series or more like the Villains series. Unfortunately for me, it was more like the Shades of Magic series.

Book Review: The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab


Title & Author: The Near Witch/The Ash-Born Boy by V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release date: August 2 2011
Series: The Near Witch
Publisher: Titan Books


The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

I give The Near Witch and The Ash-Born Boy by V.E. Schwab three out of five hearts because I felt a lot like I didn’t care about the story.

I loved the way The Ash-Born Boy fits into The Near Witch, but that was about everything I liked about this series. It was well written, but I just didn’t care for the world and the characters.

Children in the village of Near start disappearing and Lexi discovers the truth about it. Where the village blames the new-comer Cole, the Near Witch never died, like everyone thought, and is taking these children.

I felt the story didn’t connect with me and was too much of a vague story for me. It is not that Victoria didn’t write well, but this wasn’t for me.

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