Thank you, Netgalley and Publisher, for this Arc!!!
This is complete cottage-core fantasy with a female main character that gave me strong Anne of Green Gables vibes. (I LOVED this book!!!)
Clara, who wears puffy sleeve dresses (iykyk), has chaotic flowery, beautiful magic that is controlling her and not the other way around. While weeping in her father’s arms after the court of witches chose to give her one day until they bind her magic, she accidentally harms her father with that same magic.
So yes, this proves her magic is completely out of control and dangerous.So, new plan, she becomes an apprentice under Xavier, a very handsome wizard who will teach her how to give her father a blessing, which will heal him.
She learns way more than she’s bargained for, although not all is bad. Xavier is still just as handsome and kind as ever, but he is struggling with his own powers in a different way. She also learns more about an illegal potion named Euphoria that seems to be an attempt to cure depression, or melancholy, that has some very negative effects. This lends the story a deeper meaning by giving credence to mental health issues just as much as any other sickness or hurt.
Out March 14, 2023!