The witch is lonely and always searching for company.
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.
Schwab is an author I’m constantly battling in my head with. It’s either a love or a hate for her books. I’m happy to report I loved The Near Witch! I am sure this is heavily due to the fact that she wrote it pre-fame. Vicious, one of her other titles, was a book I loved and it too was written pre-fame.
The Near Witch left me feeling warm. I felt cosy and happy reading this re-telling of the Pied Piper. The main characeter was so loveable I was definitely following her every step.
The marshy setting was perfect for this story and added another element to it. The side characters were so great I loved discovering more about them as the story went on.
This is an adult fantasy but can blend into YA and even middle grade. This is one for all ages. Definitely recommend this book if you like fables and re-tellings!