Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review: The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston (& ARC Giveaway!)

A quick bit of housekeeping: Congrats to CHERRY, who won the ARC of DD Barant's Killing Rocks, and to SPAV, who won Mario Acevedo's Werewolf Smackdown! I'll be contacting you shortly.

Now, here's the scoop on Paula Brackston's The Witch's Daughter, which releases in mid-January by Thomas Dunne Books...and at the close of the blog post, an ARC GIVEAWAY. 

THE OFFICIAL SCOOP: 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: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers and making her immortal. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later in present-day England, he will be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.  

THE AUTHOR:  Welsh author Paula Brackston has an MA in Creative writing from Lancaster University and works part-time as a script reader. I believe this is her first novel (it was released in the UK as The Book of Shadows) and the first to be released in the U.S.--someone correct me if I'm wrong! 

MY THOUGHTS: I love the idea behind this book, traveling with an immortal witch across centuries--from plague-riddled rural England, to Jack the Ripper-era London, to the battles lines of World War II, and then to the modern era--and Brackston did a nice job of capturing the different feel of the eras. I thought the ending was a bit overwrought, and some of the eras felt rushed. But it was a fascinating read and very, very different from the normal rash of things that crosses my TBR pile. By the way--the official promo materials calls this something of a historical romance but there is only enough romance here to fill a thimble.

THE GIVEAWAY: I'm running out of book space, so I'd like to pass my ARC of The Witch's Daughter along to someone else! Just tell me your favorite witch--or your least favorite. Mine is Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan, although I have to admit it took me a couple of tries to get into the Hallows series. As always, one entry for comment, +1 for blog follower, +1 for Twitter follower here @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for tweet or retweet.


  1. My fave witch is also Rachel Morgan, and I can hardly wait for Pale Demon!!

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  2. My favorite witch would have to be Savannah for Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Series....Oh to be a teenage witch with all that power!

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  3. I love the idea behind this book. It sort of reminds me of one of my favorite novels, Captain Blackman by John A Williams, about a black soldier who takes part in every war in American history.

    My favorite witch is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Twenty-something years after reading it, I can still remember scenes (though, weirdly, not the ending). I've been wondering what to get my 9-year-old niece for Christmas. Think this settles that question. Thanks!

  4. I have to agree with your choice of Rachel Morgan. I love her! I've been laid up on my couch since before Thanksgiving with a broken foot, and reading the Hollows series has helped get me through it! I'm now on book 6!

  5. Not a book witch (unless you count the graphic novels), but my favorite is Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I would love to win this ARC! +2 for blog and twitter follower. Thanks a ton!

  6. I cannot think of a favorite, although I can think of several fictional witches. I feel that I am forgetting my favorite, so it might come to mind later. I like Hermione in the Harry Potter books. I like Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

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  7. I haven't gotten my hands on any books with witches yet! Maybe this one will be my first??

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  8. Rachel Morgan is my favourite too. Not to mention, the only witch that I've read, really... I agree with you that it also took me a long time to get into Dead Witch Walking. And I am struggling through The Good, The Bad, And The Undead... it is still waiting for me to pick it up again...

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  9. Not from a book but my favourite witch has to be Samantha from Bewitched (the original TV series)

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  11. My favorite is Angelique from Dark Shadows.

  12. This book sounds amazing! I cannot wait to pick this one up. My favorite Witch story is actually a series by Cate Tiernan, Sweep Series for young adults. But the one that will always stick with me because it got me thinking is Judith Hawkes The Heart of a Witch. I read it years ago and still today cannot stop thinking about it.

  13. Hmmm, witches. The only book I can remember reading that has a witch is Tall, Dark and Dead with Garnet Lacey. I really enjoyed that book and have book two but haven't been able to read it yet. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  14. My favourite witch is Hermione Granger because she's smart and brave.

    Count me in if this is international please.


  15. My favorite witch : The Charmed sisters :) i love the movie.

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  16. My favourite book witch is Eve in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, and TV witch: the Halliwell sisters :-)

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  17. My favourite witch is Hermione Granger. Just got back from watching HP and Hermione again impressed me with her intelligence and rapier wit
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