Review; The Witchling's Girl by Helena Coggan

A few months ago, I read The Witchling's Girl by Helena Coggan and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld.

Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft - as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her - she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer.

But if she can't, it will be her downfall - and that of everyone she's not supposed to love . . .

My Thoughts on the Book
I got drawn into the novel from the beginning because of the writing style and storyline. The Witchling's Girl has some well-developed world-building and complex characters with interesting dynamics and interaction between them. It's one of those books that makes you want to continue reading to figure out what happens next. What I also really liked about this is the theme(s) of healing and having a good death.

It's well worth the read.

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