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Review: The Witch’s DaughterThe Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on Jan 18, 2011
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover from Gift
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins…

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers’ market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories–and demons—long thought forgotten.

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch’s Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches.Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.

This was a literary book that I really enjoyed. I consider it literary, and not popular fiction because it has a more serious feel, and concentrates more on character development than on flash and action. The story is very engrossing with a smooth writing style. It had an interesting set up with one chapter focusing on Elizabeth’s current life, and then next chapter focusing on the story of one of her past lives. It switched this way for the whole book. Some of the sections were long enough that I kind of forgot about the other side of the story, but it never seemed confusing.

I felt bad for everything that happened to Bess. She seemed like an innocent victim throughout most of the story. Her continous feeling of being hunted and never fully safe as sad. I couldn’t imagine living life like that, especially if that life lasted for centuries.

The story as a whole was intriguing and captivating. The ending wasn’t as strong as the rest of the book, seeming a bit cliched, but it did wrap up the story quite completely while not detailing it to death. Overall, the book was quite entertaining, and was a great serious paranormal story.

  One Response to “Review: The Witch’s Daughter”

  1. I remember when this came out, thinking that it would be a fun book to read sometime. But now that you say it has a more literary feel to it, I’m even more inclined to pick it up. You just don’t see that enough with paranormal books

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