Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Engaging Adventure Fantasy

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Engaging Adventure Fantasy

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An Engaging Adventure Fantasy D. J. Butler. Witchy Winter. Riverdale: Baen Books, April 2018. $25. ISBN: 978-1-4814-8314-8. 586pp.

This fantasy is the second installment in the Witchy series. The story takes place both in a realistic Tennessee and in the fictional mounds of Cahokia. The female protagonist, Sarah Calhoun has a witchy-eye that might produce some puss, but also gives her great power. Her father, The Elector Calhoun, has reigned over the kingdom of Cahokia. Now it is up to Sarah to lead her people by capturing the Serpent Throne, a goal that requires defeating seven rivals. She relies on the power and the will of the "hidden goddess." The landscape of the west, Tennessee and Ohio, are transformed into magical places, where priests and shamans both use the power of the earth to influence their destinies. The state of Ohio has been re-carved into Seven Kingdoms, with The Kentuck below it in place of Kentucky. …

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