Discover the book that began it all with New York Times #1 bestselling author V.E. Schwab’s enchanting debut, presented in a new collection from Titan Books.
Part fairy tale, part love story, The Near Witch offers an early glimpse into the magical imagination that would go on to create the bestselling worlds of her Shades of Magic series and more. Long out-of-print in the US and never published in the UK, The Near Witch is lost treasure in Schwab’s extensive catalogue of publishing that is now being made available once again in a brand new hardback edition, featuring a new introduction from the author and the first print publication of the accompanying short-story “The Ash Born Boy.”
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. Then 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.
V.E. SCHWAB is the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of multiple novels, including This Savage Song and the Darker Shade of Magic series, whose first book was described as “a classic work of fantasy” by Deborah Harkness. It was one of Waterstones’ Best Fantasy Books of 2015 and one of The Guardian’s Best Science Fiction novels. The Independent has called her “The natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones.” You can find her on twitter and instagram @veschwab.