The Near Witch by V E Schwab | Review

Title: The Near Witch

Author: V E Schwab

Publisher: Titan Books

Published: 12th March 2019

ISBN: 9781789091120

Series: Standalone

Pages: 354

Edition: UK Hardback

My Rating: 4.5

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Titan Books, in exchange for a review.


All-new deluxe edition of an out-of-print gem, containing in-universe short story “The Ash-Born Boy” and a never-before-seen introduction from V.E. Schwab.

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 

There are no strangers in the town of Near. 

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. 

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. 

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. 

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Thank you Titan Books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for a review! I was also on their instagram tour on the 13th 🙂

This isn’t a brand new V E Schwab book but her first ever book that she published, it went out of print in the US and it was never published in the UK until now and it’s absolutely gorgeous! I’m actually loving all of the new covers that Titan are republishing this past year or so, they’ve really been spoiling us and they’ve been giving me an excuse to buy some of them and actually start reading V E Scwab’s books! The Near Witch was one of Schwab’s books that I’ve always been drawn to ever since I got back into reading over 6 years ago and now I’ve finally read it!

It stars with a crack, a sputter, and a spark.

The Near Witch would a perfect read for October, I didn’t find it too creepy myself but there was one moments when there was a story about to be told about the truth of The Near Witch where I had to put it down for the night because quite honestly, I don’t know about you guys but with my over imaginative mind I did not want to dream about her myself!

This book is done from Lexi’s point of view, she’s heard the truths she’s been told about the Near her entire life, no strangers in Near, the Near Witch is just a story and if the wind calls during the night, you don’t listen. But then obviously a stranger turns up out of the blue in the night and all the things that Lexi has been told turns out to be false. The night after the stranger appears, the children start disappearing and everyone is quick to blame the strange boy whose entered the town of Near.

Everyone goes hunting for the stranger and the children but the townspeople are no where near the truth. Lexi is on a mission to find out the truth about her town and with the help of the stranger and the two witches who live on the outskirts, she’s closer to the real reason of what’s happening.

This book was so easy to read, V E Schwab’s writing is just perfect, it’s got such great world building and the story she’s telling is so quick to get lost in, I managed to read a lot of it in one day and then I had to put it down for the night, like I said, so I don’t dream about the Near Witch (which was a success because I didn’t!).

I was torn between giving this a 4 or 5 stars so I ended up doing best of both worlds and giving it a 4.5! This is easily one of my favourite books that V E Schwab has written, that I’ve read so far! I’ve got the last two ADSOM to read, Vicious duology and This Savage Song duology to read!😅

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