Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

by:  Paula Brackston
published by:  Thomas Dunne Books
publish date:  Jan. 18, 2011

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.

There are some authors that write in such a way that you can't help falling in love with their books.  For me, Paula Brackston is one of those authors.  I've have The Witch's Daughter on my "To Read Someday" list just because I thought the cover was pretty awesome.  I finally got around to listening to the audiobook and I was blown away.  It was one of those books where I was really sad when it was over, because there was no story left.

The Witch's Daughter tells the story of Bess in alternating time periods.  It starts off in the present time, but it goes back and forth throughout her past lives.  It helps the reader to understand how old she really is and how much history she has witnessed.  Throughout all the recreations of her lives she has had to deal with Gideon Masters in all his forms coming after her. 

Fans of Kathleen Kent or lovers of the Physick Book of Deliverance Dane will enjoy this book.  If you haven't read those, I highly recommend them as well! 

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