It’s so dumb cause I’ve just got bits and pieces of the first book. Like I remember they were a farming family and her family was killed by a necromancer (?) but then she and her brother were nearly killed by the village on charges of incest which weren’t true. There was a villainess who carried spiders in her womb, and then there was a plague forest. And that’s all I remember, I just want to read it again.

It was a paperback, it was at least 15 years ago that I read it, and it was part of a series. I don’t remember how magic works in the story. I remember there being no modern setting or modern technology. I feel like it was components though.

  • “I just want to read it again” — get the kind of warm Christmas glow that only womb-spiders can provide! Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 15:45

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You might be thinking of one of the books from James Clemens' The Banned and the Banished series, likely either Wit'ch Fire or Wit'ch Storm. The series centres on a girl named Elena Morinstal, who has a brother named Joach, and lives on her parents' orchard in a valley. Her parents are subsequently murdered, and she learns she has magical powers. The second book in the series, Wit'ch Storm, apparently features a spider-birthing villainess, named Virani (pictured on the cover below).

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  • That’s it!! Thank you, thank you! 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 15:35
  • Out of curiosity, was this a series you were already familiar with? Or if not, how did you find it?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 16:54
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    @FuzzyBoots - I found a reddit thread discussing the series when I searched for "book series girl witch spiders womb" on DuckDuckGo. Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 20:07
  • @LogicDictates: As one does...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Sep 6, 2023 at 18:48

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