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  • The Witch's Daughter

  • Written by: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal story

  • By Sarah B on 2018-09-19

Great book but I’m left wondering..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-22

Ok this is a fantastic little book, those who have an interest in Wicca and/or historical fiction (not that this is exactly historical fiction, just reminds me of other books I’ve read in that genre) will especially enjoy it. I’ve read some of this authors other “witchy” books but in all honestly, this is the best one and the only one I’d have read after reading a few. Even the follow up book to this, “Return of The Witch” left me feeling...unsatisfied. And “The Midnight Witch” I actually quit a quarter way through, just couldn’t even go on reading because the story was so poorly told. It’s rare I completely abandon a book but yeah it was that bad..ok sorry for veering off, back to my review..

Our protagonist is the daughter of a witch who is “rescued” after her mother’s execution by a witch hunter and angry mob. Although she is initially saved by the antagonist of the book, a strange man named Gideon who wants her to become his protege seeing in her natural abilities in witchcraft. He sets about teaching her and she even has something of a “crush” on him but soon his protege realizes Gideon deals in dark arts and decides his black magick isn’t something she wants to be a part of and she soon escapes Gideon.

After that the tale unfolds, I won’t spoil it with specifics but it’s an enchanting tale but at the end of the book and thinking my question might be answered in the sequel (which it wasn’t) I’m left wondering to this day WHAT was the significance of Gideon’s love of the tune “Greensleeves”??? It’s a recurring theme in the book. She hears the tune just before Gideon appears. She first hears it the first time she encounters Gideon. It’s an ongoing thing in the book. At no point do we ever learn WHY Gideon has the attachment he does to that beautiful old song. Personally “Greensleeves” is one of my favourite songs so having this left unanswered frustrates me. And in the sequel, “Return of the Witch” oddly Gideon has gone from whistling his favourite tune throughout the first book to NO mention of it at all I think in the second. Seems weird to focus so much on this recurring “Greensleeves” theme and then give no reason why it was so significant. Odd.

All in all I would recommend this book. I’m contemplating reading her new book, The Little Shop if Found Things but I have a ton of reservations given out of three books of hers I’ve read, only this one I’ve truly enjoyed.