July 10, 2018 7:33 AM   Subscribe

My debut novel, Half-Witch, is published today by Big Mouth House, an imprint of Small Beer Press.

Lizbet Lenz, fifteen years old, lives in a Europe that lost its way on the road to modernity. The sun still goes around the earth. Goblins lurk in cellars and witches conspire in the forests. The war between God and Satan is going badly for the home team. Lizbet has spent a lonely and friendless childhood fleeing from one town to another with her father Gerhard, a charming swindler never more than a step ahead of the law. When Gerhard is jailed for his crimes, only Lizbet can free him.

In the company of Strix, a clever, worldly, and sarcastic witch girl who is Lizbet's opposite in every way, Lizbet undertakes a perilous journey over mountains that encircle the world. And that's just the start of her troubles!

Half-Witch is being marketed as middle-grade, but (in my very biased opinion) it should be accessible to readers of all ages.

Early press has been good. Kirkus gave it a starred review. It's been selected by the Junior Library Guild, which picks the cream of children's books to distribute to libraries. You can read other pre-publication reviews at the main link.

Hardcover and DRM-free ebook are available from the publisher (main link), Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore.

I hope you enjoy Half-Witch!
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posted by Slithy_Tove (7 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

This sounds very Relevant To My Interests. I've added it to my (ever-growing) To Read list! Congrats on your first publication.
posted by capricorn at 5:41 PM on July 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

A star from Kirkus—they don't just hand those out! Congrats!
posted by the_blizz at 8:23 PM on July 10, 2018 [2 favorites]

That looks really good!
posted by moonmilk at 9:12 AM on July 11, 2018 [1 favorite]

Whoa-- a Kirkus star! What a wonderful way to debut! Looking forward to reading this.
posted by yankeefog at 7:26 AM on July 12, 2018 [1 favorite]

A fabulous review of Half-Witch in the New York Times today, by Amal El-Mohtar (herself a highly-regarded and awarded SFF writer).

I really couldn't ask for a better review than this. El-Mohtar's reaction is exactly what I was working for. It's so satisfying when what the writer thinks is cool and right is on the same beam as what the reader thinks. The writer's hit their target. And even better when that reader is a reviewer!
posted by Slithy_Tove at 1:40 PM on October 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

I just finished reading Half-Witch and it was fantastic. I loved the characters and the weird world and the earth witches and everything. Looking forward to Lizbet and Strix's very ambitious next adventure!
posted by moonmilk at 8:28 PM on October 27, 2018

Your book is very, very good!!
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