Witches of Lychford

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Traveler, Cleric, Witch.

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment.

Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth -- that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination.

But if she is to have her voice heard, she's going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies... 

Genres: Fiction / Paranormal

Author: Paul Cornell

Paperback, 144 pages

Published September 8th 2015

Publishing House: Tor.com

My Review

Enchanting paranormal novella. Bewitching to read on a cozy autumn day.

The folks of the quiet town of Lychford meet to discuss the change of roads to accommodate a new supermarket moving into town. Most townspeople welcome the change of infrastructure, yet they don’t know what lies beneath their town. Old Judith Mawson does!

Lychford town lies on the boundary of two worlds. A construction of the site would open a gateway and unleash creatures from the other side.

Lizzie and Autumn are reconnecting after their friendship ebbed out. Lizzie is the new vicar in town and Autumn owns a magic shop. The two of them could not be different, yet they are working it out after not speaking for a few years. It seems they find each other again at the right time of their life. Autumn had reasons why she stayed away from Lizzie for years, and Lizzie lost her husband and still mourns his death.

Judith Mawson is the link that seals the bond. She sends the two friends into the knowledge of the old ways at the borderline to the paranormal and indoctrinates them, albeit missing the promiscuous ways in which she was indoctrinated when a young woman, to use them in the aid of protecting the town.


This was my first Paul Cornell novel to read, and it was lighthearted and entertaining. Perfect for the season right now. As part of a trilogy, it makes it easy to read without it being an overwhelming novel. It’s entertaining but not overbearing. More like a treat instead of a heavy meal. Lingering, sweet and short…and asking for more.