• Her Majesty's Royal Coven

  • A Novel
  • By: Juno Dawson
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Superb and almost unbearably charming, Her Majesty’s Royal Coven… expertly launches an exciting new trilogy." —The New York Times Book Review

"Talk about a gut punch of a novel. …A provocative exploration of intersectional feminism, loyalty, gender and transphobia [that] invites readers into an intricately woven web of magic, friendship and power." —The Nerd Daily

A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft in this epic fantasy about a group of childhood friends who are also witches.

If you look hard enough at old photographs, we’re there in the background: healers in the trenches; Suffragettes; Bletchley Park oracles; land girls and resistance fighters. Why is it we help in times of crisis? We have a gift. We are stronger than Mundanes, plain and simple.

At the dawn of their adolescence, on the eve of the summer solstice, four young girls--Helena, Leonie, Niamh and Elle--took the oath to join Her Majesty's Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department. Now, decades later, the witch community is still reeling from a civil war and Helena is the reigning High Priestess of the organization. Yet Helena is the only one of her friend group still enmeshed in the stale bureaucracy of HMRC. Elle is trying to pretend she's a normal housewife, and Niamh has become a country vet, using her powers to heal sick animals. In what Helena perceives as the deepest betrayal, Leonie has defected to start her own more inclusive and intersectional coven, Diaspora. And now Helena has a bigger problem. A young warlock of extraordinary capabilities has been captured by authorities and seems to threaten the very existence of HMRC. With conflicting beliefs over the best course of action, the four friends must decide where their loyalties lie: with preserving tradition, or doing what is right.

Juno Dawson explores gender and the corrupting nature of power in a delightful and provocative story of magic and matriarchy, friendship and feminism. Dealing with all the aspects of contemporary womanhood, as well as being phenomenally powerful witches, Niamh, Helena, Leonie and Elle may have grown apart but they will always be bound by the sisterhood of  the coven.

©2022 Juno Dawson (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Wow!

Fantastic! Can't wait for more! HMRC kept coming up as recommended and I can completely see why. It took me a while to invest but I'm very glad I stuck with it. This is absolutely movie material and I can't wait to see if the series makes it to the big (or small) screen. I can't say enough good things. Definitely with the listen!

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Wow!

Can't wait for the next one! This book has humor and heart, tragedy and triumph. These characters and their story are certainly going to be sticking with me a while.

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Witchy Fun

Great witchy plot, loads of coven politics, lots of humor. Narrator delightful. Can’t wait for next one!

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Excellent work

I thought this book was great. I loved the sisterhood of it. The characters were relatable and well written. The plot was very good with a few twists here and there but not totally surprising. Cannot wait for the next book!

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Lovely read

I had not heard of this author before this book, but had read a few fey/witchy books and wanted a bit more. The storyline was nice and an easy read. The author includes gender/sexuality and race in a thoughtful way most of the time, which is refreshing. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for strong female/femme leading characters. There is a really lovely throughline of love, courage, and resilience.

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Slow, boring and cringeworthy story. The narrator was the only thing that made it manageable, but even she couldn’t save this.