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The Witch's Daughter

The Witch's Daughter

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An enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history who must confront the evil which has haunted her for centuries 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?Praise for The Witch’s Daughter“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 pre
An enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history who must confront the evil which has haunted her for centuries 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?Praise for The Witch’s Daughter“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 pre

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dragonflydee1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The Witches Daughter—I enjoyed this book! Elizabeth, Bess, Eliza, Elise, all one woman’s life as a witch spanning centuries. The book gives us a history lesson in three distinct historical periods as Bess moves through life as a healer, sought after by many, but chased after by one evil force. Does she prevail in the end? You must read to find out!!! Did I love that book cover?—I sure did—wish I could walk in a pair of shoes like that!
aelizabethj reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Ehhhhhhhh. This took me much longer to get through than it should have - I mean, witches, time changes, the plague, SATAN? All things that should have been exciting but somehow just could not keep me interested. It was a chore to finish, but finish I did. 3 stars, it wasn't horrible, but it is very apparent that the author grew as a writer from this book to The Winter Witch.
liz1564 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I enjoyed this book and finished it in two days. It is the story of an immortal witch, born in 17th century England, and living peacefully in a village not far from her birthplace in the 21st century. The idea is intriguing. How does someone cope with immortality, the loss of loved ones, and aging five years for every hundred lived. Unfortunately, the author only touches on these topics. And herein, for me, is the nagging problem of the novel. She wrote one novel and I wanted another. My problem, not hers.It seems that Brackston wanted to write historical fiction. The most powerful parts of the novel, and by far the longest, are Bess's just living in the four periods of time covered by the novel: the present, 17th century England, London during the Ripper months, Passandale and World War One. The WWI section is particularly evocative with graphic and heart-breaking pictures of the men dying in the trenches, the futility of the battle orders, the terrible hospital conditions, the utter hopelessness. When Bess starts to use her magic, it is a jolt. What is fantasy doing in this setting? The same can be said, to a lesser degree in the section dealing with the bubonic plague and witch hunts of the 17th century and the squalid London streets and the lives of prostitutes in 1885. There is a reason for so little magical use. Bess began her magical journey as a healer, a witch who used her powers to save lives. The necessity to escape the witch hunts puts her in the power of Gideon Masters, a powerful black arts sorcerer. It is from him she receives immortality (did she know this when she began her studies? The author doesn't tell us or I missed it). When she sees him in the final ceremony fornicating with demons. she flees and he pursues her through time, following any magical trail she might leave in her wake. This is the given reason why she uses magic sparingly, to evade Gideon. She becomes a doctor, a nurse, a seller of soaps, oils, and candles moving on before anyone can question her agelessness or before Gideon can capture her.The novel is well-structured. Bess responds to a teenager who may have a healing gift. As she nurtures the lonely girl, Bess finds her own longing for companionship easing. She tells Tegan part of her history but has to resort to disneyesque parlor tricks to finally persuade the girl that magic is real. (Really! In a novel where magic is portrayed as either totally evil or a powerful healing force, the sudden appearance of dancing fairies, cute white mice, and self-pouring iced tea pitchers is really disconcerting.) One interesting aspect is Bess's mentor/pursuer. Gideon is evil. He relishes pain, suffering, is in his element on a battlefield where men are horribly mangled and dying. He is also very handsome, can be charming, and is certainly sexually alluring. The author does not change him in the novel. He suddenly doesn't begin to show empathy, doesn't start turning toward the Light. He stays bad, even if he says he loves Bess and they belong together for eternity. No redemption, no becoming a good guy for love of a good woman. Bess hates and fears him. Good for her! And good for the author for not pulling the switch and making her villain a dark hero. At least in this book.
effixioussundown reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I enjoyed this book and to say it was a big book as in so many chapters and pages I read it quite quickly.I thoughrouly enjoyed the characters and the story line was very well written I never had to guess what was going on.I look foward to reading another book by this author.This book made me very interested in white magic herbs healing and so forth.I would recommend this book to anyone who ejoys to be intrigued,The story spans over many generations and it is nice to see the diffrences in all the diffrent societies the main character goes through all the while running and hidoing from an evil deranged lover from the past who wants her by his side and stopsw at nothing to tract her down his discises are amoungs the well hidden story plots ande scenes which makes the story all the more suspensful.
robinbrz reviewed this
Rated 3/5
In the spring of 1628 young Bess Hawkesmith learns that decisions made in desperation carry consequences that last a life-time, even if that means forever. The plague has taken the lives of her father, bother and sister. When Bess falls ill her mother does the only thing she can to save her daughter. She turns to the warlock Gideon Masters, and makes a deal that will cost her her life. Once known as a talented healer she is accused of witchcraft by townsfolk who refuse to believe that Bess' miraculous recovery was the result of her skills alone. Unable to deny the accusation she meets her fate on the Hanging Tree, but not before making Bess promise that she will seek protection from the only one with the power to save her - Gideon. Under his guidance Bess learns to master the Craft, awakening powers she didn't know she had while also making her immortal. When the people of town turn their aggressions on Bess she realizes that she must escape - from the Hanging Tree and from Gideon and a his dangerous black magic. She couldn't know that he will persue her through time, determined to possess her and the power they could produce together.In present day England Elizabeth finds herself settled into a quite life. Alone she tends her gardens, and sells herbs and oils at the local market. Her solitary life is abruptly disrupted when a teenage girl called Tegan begins hanging around. Against her instincts Elizabeth takes pleasure in her company and her perceptive nature. Soon she begins teaching the ways of the hedge witch. Tegan is an eager pupil, and Elizabeth uses tales of long ago to school her in what it's like to be a witch, and how she came to be who she is today. But what of Gideon? Has he finally given up or is he just patiently waiting for an opportunity to capture Elizabeth and make her his own??It seemed fitting to read a book about witches this Halloween. I was drawn into this story right off the bat, although I did struggle a bit with the prologue. I filled it away with the hopes that it would make sense by end (it did, mostly...). There was an easy flow between the past and present as I got to know Elizabeth and Tegan. The stories from the past were interesting little vignettes that were unique on their own, but fit together to create a picture of who present day Elizabeth really is. There is a fair amount of "magic speak" that was foreign to me. Even thought I didn't understand the exact language (or words) I was able to glean enough of their meaning from the context. I suppose that's to be expected in a book about witches and magic. There are scenes of pretty graphic violence and the descriptions of some of the evil elements and even Gideon himself are quite vivid, resulting in some intense imagery. I can imagine the special effects for a movie version would be very frightening indeed!I moved quickly through the book and in no time found myself nearing the end. I had in mind how I thought things might turn out, and I saw the potential for a variety of scenarios. And while I won't tell you how it all ended, I will tell you that I was disappointed. I felt gypped. It almost seems like Ms. Brackston just wanted to be done, and went with the most cliche ending while of course leaving plenty of threads that could be picked up in a sequel.In summary I'd say it was a good book with some interesting bits of history mixed with a few different relationships, dappled with magic and wrapped up with a predictable bow. Not bad for a seasonal selection, but I won't be going out of my way to read book two should it appear!
urbanfantasyguy reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I did not find this book to fit my tastes very well. It reads very slowly in many places and I would not recommend it to anyone looking for a high amount of action. However, the setting and the historical feel of the novel is very interesting and relaxing at times, so if that is the type of thing you are interested in then you should try this book.
mendoza_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
With the story alternating between a contemporary setting and various points in time from the starting point of the early 1600's I found the story rather dry and not quite up to the fascinating episodes of Bess's past. The up and down quality of the present passages took away from the finale but when put with together with the entire novel I enjoyed it overall.
peskylibrary reviewed this
I originally checked this book out because of the cover and I was pleasantly surprised by the content. The Witch’s Daughter follows the life of Elizabeth Hawksmith from her mortal beginnings in England in the early 1620s through present day. Elizabeth’s mother sold her soul to save her daughter from the black plague and now Elizabeth has spent centuries avoiding the dark arts and the Warlock who initiated her in to the craft. Though the story jumps from the past to the present the writing was clear and the story easy to follow. I thought Brackston did an excellent job balancing the supernatural aspects of witch craft and the natural element of being Wiccan. While some of the dialogue seemed somewhat stilted in the beginning The Witch’s Daughter was an entertaining and engrossing read. ~ED
oldstick reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Enjoyable and well written story, this held my attention throughout in spite of not being a genre I usually choose. It was the second book I have read by this author and I intend to look out for more.oldstick.
butterflybaby_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I liked the story, it was complex but easy to read and follow along. For me there could have been a little more involvement and details but overall I really liked the book.

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