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Maura Krause

Coming of Age in a World of Witchcraft: Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Forbidden witchcraft, a horrifying family mystery, and a slow-burn love triangle: Cari Thomas’ Threadneedle has all the ingredients of an addictive young adult fantasy.

This debut novel opens with a brief dark scene in which seven witches are magically murdered by an unseen force. The stakes instantly elevated, the novel moves to a quieter vignette of violence, in which a girl undergoes a brutal spell to deprive her of her ability to feel joy. This girl, we learn, is our heroine Anna. Her magical tormentor is her aunt and caretaker, a dour woman insistent on teaching her charge a central tenet: magic is the first sin.

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