Two sisters find themselves at odds in this breathtaking historical fantasy —and when one releases a dark spell, someone will have to burn. They are witches, after all.
THE WITCHES AT THE END OF THE WORLD
by Chelsea Iversen
Sourcebooks Landmark, October 2023
Minna and Kaija live deep in the birch woods of northern Norway, hiding in the shadows since their mother was burned at the stake thirteen years ago. Sweet-tempered Kaija remembers life before the fire—the friendships, the comfort and warmth of community. Her magic is quiet, mostly charms to heal cuts and bruises. She’d happily give it up to have a normal life. Minna, though, was raised in smoke. She’s a witch through and through: full of power and unafraid of it, wrath always simmering just below the surface. When Kaija decides to return to the village where their mother died to make a new life for herself, Minna, in a rage, releases a curse to raze the community that’s taken everything from her. In doing so, she sets in motion a plot that could destroy Kaija and the new life she’s trying to build. But you can’t take back dark magic once it’s been released, and someone will have to burn. They are witches, after all.
Chelsea Iversen lives with her husband and dog in Colorado, where she reads her runes at every full moon. This is her debut novel.
“Chelsea Iversen’s magical debut is a story for the ages.” –Adriana Trigiani, author of The Good Left Undone.