31 August, 2017


Title: The Witch's Daughter
Author: Paula Brackston
Series: Shadow Chronicles #1
Genres: Witches, Historical, Fantasy
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release: 305
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 2011

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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.

EXPECTATIONS: I have been going into witches books kinda blindly as long as it says it is about witches. I guess I am desperate to find something good.

THE WORLD: There are two time periods in this book, one is more or less today and other one which we see through the main characters memories is 17th century. Basically this story is about a woman who lived in days when witches were hanged and who ended up being turned into a witch herself. Ever since the demon made her into a witch she has been sorta promised to him and he has been following her through the time. I know it sounds a bit complicated and old fashioned but it is actually cool because of the memories you get to experience a lot of the past which makes this book ultimately a historical witch fantasy. 

CHARACTERS: Our main character is called Elizabeth and she is a witch. Now most of the witchcraft in this book is very traditional but on top of that there are things like immortality too, I guess that isn't very foreign to witches when you really think about it. Anyways, so Elizabeth is just a child when her mother is accused of being a witch and hanged. It is a matter of time till Elizabeth gets accused too so her mother order her to go to this demon who well basically turns her into a witch. Elizabeth is able to escape and continues practicing witchcraft till this day. Frankly, I liked Elizabeth, if I was a witch I would love to have a teacher as her, she is patient and understand and really cares about her student. And the student in mind is Tegan. Elizabeth meets her a child at first but then with time Tegan spends more and more time with Elizabeth and when she is a teenager she starts learning witchcraft. The idea is that you do not have to be born a witch, you can become one when a witch chooses to teach you and sorta introduce you to the spiritual world. However, Tegan as a student I could not stand. It might be because I was dead jealous or because often she was not taking things serious but I really hated her. She had this boyfriend who she always chose over magic. I mean OVER magic, how dumb one must be? And the third character in this book is the already mentioned demon, well he is not really a demon as more of a warlock which is only partially demon but to be honest he did not sound like a warlock to me. So I will just go on thinking of him as demon because he was acting like one. 

ROMANCE: Nothing serious and not the center of the book. Basically Elizabeth was promised to the demon and then on the side we have Tegan being all obsessed with her much older boyfriend. But that is really part of the plot so no stupid high school bullshit. 

GOOD: I really like witchcraft descriptions and Elizabeth. What I loved even more is the idea that you don't have to be born a witch to do witchcraft. Witch is something you become when you are chosen. How cool is that?

BAD: Sometimes it was slow. And I didn't like the demon part much. I normally love warlocks but in this book the warlock was really not the warlock I am used to.

OVERALL: I think as for witch books it was pretty good one, I am definitely continuing with the series, this author is very promising!

What do you think about THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER?



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