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Publisher's Summary

Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing best seller, The Witches of New York.

During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York - Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn - gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts was once used to foretell one's fate?) 

As the witches roast chestnuts and melt lead to see their fate, a series of odd messengers land on their doorstep bearing invitations for a New Year's Eve masquerade hosted by a woman they've never met. Gossip, dreams, and portents follow, leading the witches to question the woman's motives. Is she as benevolent as she seems or is she laying a trap? And so, as Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the new year, the witches don their finery and head for the ball, on the hunt for answers that might well be the end of them.

©2018 Ami McKay (P)2018 Knopf Canada

Critic Reviews

“The sequel to Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York is worth the wait.” (Parents Canada)

“A Christmas ghost story is a tradition that hearkens back to pagan times and earlier. McKay’s sweet little book about three witches makes a lovely stocking stuffer.” (Deborah Dundas, The Hamilton Spectator

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Disappointed

I’m pretty disappointed that I used a credit to get this. First, it was super short. That’s my fault for not reading the description more thoroughly, but I would think Audible should have something so brief be a “two fer “ or similar pricing. The story was lacking. Predictable, and it seems rushed. Almost as if the author wanted to hurry up and get something written, rather than spending the time to carefully construct a story. Lastly, the performance was very hard to listen to. The different pronunciation of character names from the first book really grated on me, and the reader was not skilled in voice changes so it was confusing at times which character was speaking. Can’t recommend this book at its full price. Still entertaining, but with some big flaws.

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HALF WRITEN was the Disappointing Short Story

I thought that this was the follow up novel to her The Witches of New York but instead it was a very short story. It felt rushed and incomplete. The Author could have just added this as a epilogue to her first novel. I felt like this could have been a great sequel if only she took that time to actually write it. Instead the SHORT story only left you with more questions than answers. I loved The Witches of New York and the author could have definitely added more to the story, I’m not sure what she was thinking. Just felt like such a disappointment. DO NOT WASTE THE CEDIT!

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Didn't realize it was a short story otherwise wouldn't have wasted a credit on it.

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I want more...

I loved Witches of New York and this follow-up novella was perfection except that now I am craving more. I really hope this isn’t the last time Ami McKay visits these characters. It was delightful, but I want a proper sequel not a mere hour and a half tease...

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Short ..very short

Was a decent story but 1.5 hrs long. 17$ for a short story..? Feels like half the book is missing

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Big mistake

I loved the first book. The audio book story was told so well. Eager to get the second, I was very disappointed by the authors read of the book. The author doesn’t differentiate between the characters voices well enough to understand the story without paying close attention. Leave the reading to someone more professional, and less nasal sounding. Something was lost with in the audio story version this time.

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Too short for a full price.

I can't get beyond the fact that I paid $14.70 for a short story.
Yes, I should have noticed, but I have come to count on Audible to be reliable and fair.

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Very Short Book!

It would have been a good epilogue at the end of Witches of New York. A little unhappy about getting 6 chapters for the price.

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good except for narration

good quick book but leave the narration to Julia! I missed her on this one.

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Nice little addition to "Witches" but not enough

Appreciated revisiting these characters and this was an enjoyable short story, but I would like a full sequel to the original. I like these women and want to return to this world.