One thing that became immediately clear when reading Hex Life is that this one doesn’t hold its punches! I’ve been eager to read this anthology since it was released last year, and it sounded like the perfect addition to this review. I was not disappointed. You’ve heard about girl power, well get ready for witch power. The witches are here, and they’re ready for you to know about it. White witches, dark whites, modern and old, this anthology has a bit of everything and anything else you can think of and some you haven’t even dreamed.
One of the things that I loved about Hex Life was its diverse characters and stories. Written by an all-female group of authors, the characters include LGBTQ+, people of colour and different living situations from a variety of historical periods. Magic is shown as a powerful force for good and evil, to lift women up, as well as a tool for oppression. My favourite story, Widows’ Walk, is one of many that is eerily relevant to everyday life.
There’s horror in these pages, but magic, and love too. It’s an anthology that has a lot to give. While it’s not one of the best I’ve read, it is one I do recommend, as it’s something I feel everyone needs to enjoy at least once.