The Witchling’s Girl Review

Title: The Witchling’s Girl

Author: Helena Coggan

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 7th January 2021

Genre: Adult, Fantasy


In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld.

Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft – as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her – she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was a book that I requested a while ago and am ashamed to say that I’m only just getting to it however I am glad that I finally did pick it up as it was a brilliant read. This book was also a great example of why you should give authors a second chance as while I DNFed one of Helena Coggan’s previous books I feel in love with this one.

This book very much focuses on the life of one character, Haley, who at the age of 7 is discovered to be a Witchling and who is given up by her mother to become the current Witchling’s apprentice. A witchling is essentially a person with death magic, there is one in every town and the townspeople will go to them when they are ill or injured, having a baby or when they are dead and the witchling will do what they can to either save you or they will ensure your spirit make it to the underworld or will resurrect you if that’s what your family wishes.

Haley was a very interesting character to read from and I love the way we are taken through her life, she is a really complex character and love her character development. She was forced into a life that she never wanted from a very young age and watching her try to cope with that and make the best of what she was given was really enjoyable. She definitely isn’t a perfect character and makes mistakes throughout her life but she is never malicious and is very self aware when it comes to her weaknesses.

This is a really slow build read but this really adds to the story. The world building is really well done and interesting to read. The plot is also really intriguing however really isn’t the main focus of the book which is about how Haley grows and reacts to the world and people around her.

That ending as well was one of my favorites and fit so well for the overall story. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars and it’s perfect for this time of the year.

Trigger warnings for death, grief, violence, mentions of sexual assault, depictions of blood magic, abandonment.

Have you read this one?? If so what did you think about it?? If not do you plan on picking it up??

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