Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review: The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston

The Witch's Daughter
My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches.  A tale of magic and love and loss.  A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be.  Let me tell you what it means to be a witch.

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, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had. 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. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But will she be able to stand against Gideon—who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul—in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?

4/5 stars (really liked it)
First of all I absolutely love the cover.  The story starts off in the present with Elizabeth just moving to a new house.  There she meets a girl name Tegan and for the first time she opens up about who she really is.  We see three glimpses into her life.  First story told is in 1628, when Bess is young and the plague has just ravashed her town.  Her mother is accusessed and hanged for being a witch.  There she meets Gideon, who helps her escape and essentially teaches her the craft but at a terrible price.  For over 300 years, Bess has been hiding and fleeing from Gideon.  In the second story, which takes place in 1888.  Eliza is working at a hospital as a doctor and also has a clinic in her home where she treats prostitutes.  During her time there "Jack the Ripper" is also there.  She of course meets Gideon and faces him down and flees.  The last story takes place in 1917 during there war.  Her name is Elise and she is a soldier nurse at the front lines.  She falls in love and ultimately looses her love because of Gideon.  Then the last part of the book is her ultimate showdown with Gideon.  I would very much like to see a sequel to this story.

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