I suppose I should start this review by stating that I received a galley of this anthology from World Weaver Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This anthology will be published on 10/3/2017.
SonOfAWitch! is an anthology of six short stories edited by Trish Thompson. When I saw the cover and read the description of this book, I was excited. Witches doing fun things is a perfect way to set the mood for fall when you’re struggling to get into the fall spirit due to global warming. Each story in this collection focuses on a spell gone wrong and the disastrous effects that can have on the witch that cast it or the people surrounding them.
This book was fun to read in moments. Each of the authors in this anthology weaved magic into seemingly modern situations in ways that felt nearly believable. A college-aged witch has a crush on her local barista, Red Riding Hood and The Wolf have been cursed and turn to Hansel and Gretel and a barista to help solve their problem, and a witch regrets a tattoo and upon removing it discovers it’s magic. Each of these stories stands on their own feet fairly well.
My two biggest critiques of this anthology are the number of love-spells gone awry, and the editing of these pieces, or apparent lack of editing. Love spells and relationships are fun, sure, but that is something that has been done again and again. I would have liked to see more mundane spells go wrong with disastrous consequences. And enchanting yourself, or other people to trick the cute barista into going on a date with you? That is manipulative and not something that should be pushed off with a laugh so easily. As for the editing, I’ve learned enough about the publishing industry to know that galleys are by no means final edits and the piece will probably go through at least one or two more sets of eyes for proofing before the final book is printed. So the copyediting errors I can set aside but in a few of these stories, there were consistency errors, characters physical descriptions change (in very significant ways) within the same paragraph and these feel like things that should have been addressed prior to galleys being made.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for a fun Halloween read I would suggest looking elsewhere. These stories had moments, but I was not excited about any of them. They are not particularly spooky in the fun-Halloween sense and some might leave you with a not great taste in your mouth after reading them.