One of my favorite childhood books was by Eva Ibbotson, and it’s called Which Witch?. The book is about a sorcerer who needs to find a wife, so he holds a contest between seven witches to find the most worthy– the one who can perform the blackest magic. There’s every kind of witch, from your traditional cackling, wart-nosed witch, to a witch of the sea. Amongst these wicked women, however, is Belladonna, a white witch, incapable of doing black magic. Which witch will Arriman the Awful marry?
Which Witch? is such a cute read, as are all of Ibbotson’s books. Belladonna is such a lovable character, especially when the other witches are acting despicable. I can’t say much for deep themes, or characters for that matter, but regardless the book is so much fun to read. It’s magical and fantastical and just an all around feel-good book.
Short and sweet: Which Witch?, although it is technically a children’s book, is a fun and fast read for anyone interested in the story.