E. Latimer experienced breakout success on the online writing platform Wattpad which has resulted in a fanbase of nearly 90k followers, with over 20 million combined reads. She vlogs weekly on the YA Word Nerds YouTube channel and hosts chats on Twitter. A former children's bookseller, she has published one previous YA novel, The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray. Witches of Ash and Ruin, a tale of modern witchcraft blended with ancient Celtic mythology, is perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic triology.
Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch - plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester--an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer's motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don't stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.
With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping, mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutal mythology set against a backdrop of contemporary Ireland that's impossible to put down.
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Reviews & Interviews
"Celtic Mythology with a Magical Twist" -- Tor.com
"Witches of Ash and Ruin" -- The Young Folks
"Witches of Ash and Ruin" -- Publisher's Weekly
"Q&A: E. Latimer" -- The Nerd Daily
"Author Interview: E. Latimer" -- Pandora's Books
"2020 Debut Interview: E. Latimer" -- The Book Bratz
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