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The Witch's Daughter: A Novel Paperback – January 31, 2012
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“Lushly written with a fascinating premise and an enthralling heroine, The Witch's Daughter will linger long in memory after the last page has been savored. Highly recommended.” ―Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Betrayal
“A beautifully written, brilliantly crafted page-turner that completely invests you in the lives and loves of the witch's daughter. A true reading event.” ―Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School
“A lyrical and spell-binding time travel fantasy featuring an immortal witch who must summon all her powers to defeat the evil hounding her through the centuries.” ―Mary Sharratt, author of Daughters of the Witching Hill
“With her first novel, author Paula Brackston conjures up a riveting tale of sorcery and time travel. By mixing feminine heroism with masculine might, Brackston successfully captivates readers with characters Bess, an immortal witch, and sinister dark lord, Gideon…. It's almost impossible not to root for the underdog in this magical twist on the classic David vs. Goliath tale. Plus, the skill with which Brackston weaves her characters through time makes this book a fascinating take on global history.” ―Marie Claire
“Brackston's first novel offers well-crafted characters in an absorbing plot and an altogether delicious blend of historical fiction and fantasy.” ―Booklist
“This pleasantly romantic historical fantasy debut flips lightly between the past experiences of ageless witch Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith and her present-day life in Matravers, England... Bess's adventures are fascinating.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Stretching her tale over several centuries, British-based Brackston brings energy as well as commercial savvy to her saga of innocence and the dark arts…. History, time travel and fantasy combine in a solidly readable entertainment.” ―Kirkus
“An engaging, well-written novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and fantasy alike.” ―Portland Book Review
“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 of immortality to stay true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.” ―NightOwlReviews.com
“The Witch's Daughter is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and paranormal. Brackston's story alternates between past and present as she mixes tales of Elizabeth's early life with the present day, tying in historical events including Jack the Ripper and the horrors of WWI... Overall, a really enjoyable read.” ―BookBitch.com
“Readers who enjoy historical fantasy built around an epic struggle between good and evil should enjoy this original take on the theme.” ―HistoricalNovels.info
“An enjoyable read.” ―Genre Go Round Reviews
“This tale spans centuries and walks the line between good and the darker side of magic. Magic and those who possess it have been feared and persecuted throughout most of human history. Find out what it is like to live for hundreds of years, mostly in solitude, and have to struggle with having the power to help people, but being afraid to use that power.” ―Affaire de Coeur
“Women will certainly love the independent, feisty female characters, but the narrative is wonderfully imaginative and the plot fast-moving and filled with action. This novel is highly recommended for witches and warlocks alike.” ―Historical Novel Society
“The combination of stories from the past and the present meld nicely, and the author adds some clever twists so the reader never knows exactly from whom the next Gideon apparition will arise. Perhaps the best twist is the ending--leaving an opening for another book, but at the same time furnishing the reader with quite a satisfactory ending.” ―The National Examiner (UK)
“Ambitious and thought-provoking, this book will lure you into vivid, visceral worlds where evil lurks at every turn. The beautifully crafted BOOK OF SHADOWS will be etched on my mind for a long time. What an action-packed, emotionally powerful film it would make too.” ―Sally Spedding, author of STRANGERS WAITING
“An unforgettable story by a highly original new writer.” ―Rebecca Tope, author of the Cotswold crime series
“The Witch's Daughter is a must read for anyone who loves magic set in the real world, who craves a well-written novel with historical elements along with romance and witchcraft tied into a tension-filled plot and vivid imagery, and, of course, who seeks an escape from their own lives if only for a moment.” ―Huffington Post
“...compelling and beautiful...a book to be savored. I look forward to reading more from this wonderful writer who always manages to take my breath away.” ―SF Site on Lamp Black, Wolf Grey
About the Author
PAULA BRACKSTON was selected as one of the BBC's New Welsh Writers in 2010. She lives in Wales with her family, where she is working on her new novel.
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it does not have the literary merit of Mary Sharrat's soaring "Daughters/Witching Hill" which earned an easy 5 stars from me...it also lacks the absolute fun of Physick Book/Deliverance Dane....and the combination of story and character and history in Discovery of Witches.
I think it aspires to be all three but falls short.
the author picked three interesting times in history but the quick escape from one to the next seemed like cheating...it takes a lot of effort to sustain a narrative...three historical shorts wrapped in a modern setting do not a novel make. a particular plot device became wearying by the end.
About 90% through the main character asks herself if she's learned anything in her 300 years of escaping the antagonist and concludes that no she hasn't. what?
some lovely writing to be sure but very poor character development
not likely to read more from Brackston when there are better to choose from
“Have I instructed you so poorly? Do you not know that no woman is free, Bess? Indeed, the only freedom she possesses lies in her choice of master.” Ann Hawksmith, Elizabeth's mother, in the 1600s in conversation with her daughter. (We've come a long way, baby!!!!)
Paula Brackston's novel, The Witch's Daughter, is a powerful supernatural story of self identity, self acceptance, and witchcraft as told through historical events from the 1627 through 2007. I absolutely enjoyed and recommend this beautifully written story, driven by powerful characters and a detailed accounting of several important events in history as told in journal form by Elizabeth "Bess" Ann Hawksmith. She also illustrates the important and changing roles women have held throughout these time periods.
The complex plot is cohesively tied together, and deals with multiple themes; however, reading it is so effortlessly easy, enjoyable and addictive. This novel was so much more than I expected it to be! I was anticipating a supernatural plot, but Brackston's well-researched historical information was so well placed within the story, I was immediately drawn in. I loved and sympathized with the main character Elizabeth "Bess," and enjoyed how her story was related from present to past to present. I would not change a single word, nor do I have any negative comments about the novel. At it's heart, it is a battle between good and evil. I do not want to give too much away, except to say that Brackston created a magical must-read novel when she penned The Witch's Daughter, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!!!
Bess's hijinks span from the present day back into the dark days of the witch hunts of the 17th century. However, even after repeated identity reinventions, that allow her to keep her youth and beauty, Bess is beleaguered by bad judgement and over optimism when she convinces herself that again her nemesis has not again found her out, or disguised himself as someone close to her. Sadly, she falls into the same trap over and over again thinking that for once she will be able to satisfy her need to heal and simultaneously hide in plain sight. She seems to forget that the evil Gideon is basically as immortal as she is and isn't about to give up when there aren't many others in the world with their unique attributes. Brackston proves that wisdom does not come with age even if her readers know otherwise, and this after just the short period of time it takes to read a third of the book.
Brackston does provide a thoroughly detailed backdrop. Her sense of place and time is superb, despite some anomalies that should have been corrected by a good editor. Her sequences depicting magic are equally enchanting but lack substance. Interesting enough, as I read this book in Kindle format, many readers seem to use the book as a primer for basic witchcraft; there are over 100 highlights on passages that revolve around different spells, herbs and magical verses. I did not think this book to be a resource for any sort of Wiccan knowledge--reading Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series) (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series) will provide much more information than anything found in this text.
Bottom line? Paula Brackston (The Winter Witch offers the saga of witch Bess who has lived through to the present day sequestering herself from the man responsible for her conversion to witchcraft. While all the scenarios presented--the 17th century, the Victorian Age, the WWI era and the present day are rich with ambiance, Brackston mistakenly repeats her premise with each reincarnation, converting her novel into something more akin to episodic television than a meaningful novel where the development of the main characters are crucial. Resorting to the same tired premise of wise women hunted down by vigilant townspeople intent on cruelty does not help to raise this novel out of the realm of mediocrity. While Brackston's "Winter Witch" delivered a more nuanced story, both "The WItch's Daughter" and it rely on too many stereotypical characters to make the readings memorable. Read Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon to discover a wise woman from Arthurian times worth her weight in gold.
Diana Faillace Von Behren