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The Near Witch

By V. E. Schwab
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S BEST YA OF THE DECADE NEW YORK TIMES bestseller
Brand new edition of Victoria Schwab's long out-of-print, stunning debut.

All-new deluxe edition of an out-of-print gem, containing in-universe short story "The Ash-Born Boy" and a never-before-seen introduction from V.E. Schwab.

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. 

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.

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3.5
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Likable charactersBeautifully writtenTwistyImmersive setting
Expressionless Face“less than halfway through i wasn’t really sure why i was still reading this, other than to get it done. i had a lot of high hopes for this book due to the concept but it was really disengaging for me. the wash, rinse, uncover, and repeat method for me had been old in the first 100 pages (on libby e-book) and i couldn’t will myself to read the partnered mini story at the end. its giving the boy who cried wolf meets the giver in a way that i’d likely not revisit.”
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Slightly Smiling Face“VE Schwab’s debut doesn’t disappoint. My edition had also featured The Ash-born Boy, a great short story that provides the backgrounder for Cole. This ya dark fairytale is the perfect read for a lazy day!”
Beautifully writtenSuspensefulMagical setting

About V. E. Schwab

VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades universe, the Villains series, the City of Ghosts series, Gallant, and the international bestseller The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Her work has received critical acclaim, translated into over two dozen languages, and optioned for television and film. First Kill – a YA vampire series based on Schwab’s short story of the same name – is now a Netflix series. When not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

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