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Hex: Darkland Tales

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Men and women at this time grew their crops together and their homes and their work were much the same. Recently we have had a street in St Monans renamed in memory of a witch; Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl’s album Heal and Harrow about those executed as witches; and a bill brought forward in Holyrood by Natalie Don MSP on behalf of the Witches of Scotland project, created by QC Claire Mitchell and novelist Zoe Venditozzi, asking for victims of witch hunts to receive an official pardon.

Geillis Duncan, a teenager from Trenant, Scotland, has been locked into a prison cell far below the city’s High Street, and is facing the final night of her life.I wasn't expecting this book to be so heartwrenching; there were several passages that were hard to read and others that made my blood boil.

Iris, una joven de la época actual, la acompañará en sus últimas horas en forma de espíritu mediante una sesión de espiritismo.Hex is inspired by the North Berwick witch trials, it is set in 1591 and focuses on Geillis Duncan, a fifteen-year-old girl who was convicted as a witch and hanged on the 4 th of December of the same year. Iris is a kindred soul from current day, determined to reach Geillis through the ether and provide comfort as her fate draws closer. For the book to absorb this inconvenient evidence of male witches would make it impossible to continue with its plastic, one-dimensional narrative in which misogyny is the be all and end all. Fagan’s ability to highlight the extraordinary buried in the everyday is on full display, as is her glorious use of language. It felt so relatable, especially given everything that is happening in the world, and showed the battles that we come up against but also the strength that women need to find to oppose them.

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