Book Review: 'Becoming Crone' by Lydia M. Hawke

Five stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book hooked me in right from the beginning, when protagonist Claire Emerson celebrates her 60th birthday. Weird things occur, starting with the massing of crows on the maple tree in her yard.

And how refreshing it is to encounter a mature protagonist. Claire is recently divorced, and also concerned she has reached that point in her life where she’s past her prime. Instead, she discovers magic is real, and finds new purpose and new friends.

As a woman, I found Claire real and relatable. I loved seeing through her eyes as she is drawn kicking and screaming into unimaginable new adventures and dangers. I also loved the world author Lydia M. Hawke has skillfully created, her original take on the Arthurian legends, and the book’s great cast of characters.

One warning: this book is fast-paced. Claire barely had time to take a breath, and neither did I. Well done! I thoroughly enjoyed the book.


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