Green Witch is Alice Hoffman’s followup to her previous young adult book, Green Angel. The story picks up where the previous one left off, answering the many questions that the reader is left with at the end of Green Angel.
In Green Angel, Green is a sixteen year old girl who is left to struggle and survive after her entire family perishes in a massive fire; everyone in the city is affected by the disaster. Green Witch takes place a year later. By this point, everyone is slowly piecing their lives back together. The reader learns the cause of the massive fire that killed so many people: a group called the Horde attacked the city, claiming that people had strayed too far from the simple life. In the year since the attack, they’ve kept a watchful eye on the people in the city, making sure that the people in the city didn’t try to rebuild all of their damaged technology.
Green, who has always had a magical gift with growing plants and vegetables (to the point where her garden becomes overgrown if she doesn’t trim it back every day), is now thriving. She is also a collector of stories, making her own paper, and writing down the tales that people tell her about their lives. She also pines for Diamond, the voiceless boy she fell in love with in Green Angel, waiting for any word of his whereabouts.
Green eventually finds out that Diamond is with the Horde, as is her friend Heather. She sets out to free Diamond and Heather from the Horde’s prison, but in order to do so, she must first locate three women rumored to be witches; only they know the location of the Horde’s prison.
Green Witch is much more fast-paced than Green Angel, but those who have not read the previous book won’t miss much if they start with Green Witch; Hoffman fills the reader in on all of the necessary background details. It’s coming of age story that’s filled with magical realism, romance, and adventure.
Green Witch was published on March 10, 2010 and is now available in stores, but you can win a copy right here! Just leave a comment on this post by next Friday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). Make sure you include your email so that I can contact you if you win!
Update: Congrats Cheyenne! You won the book (chosen randomly through random.org):