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The Return of the Witch

A Novel
Written by: Paula Brackston
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Series: Shadow Chronicles, Book 4
Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could - with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel, The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine listeners will cheer for.

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan and that she must protect the girl she has come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world, learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

©2016 Paula Brackston (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Highly Annoying

Look - I love books of historical fiction that weave in supernatural elements so it takes a lot for me not to love a book like this and since it’s slim pickings in the witches + historical fiction department after you get through the best this is what it’s come to... The pluses - it’s a light fun and relaxing read that does make you want to hear the whole story. The premise is well conceived and the overall plot is interesting, Now what is wrong with it? ANNOYING MAIN CHARACTER. She’s supposed to super powerful and goodness itself and the narrator seems like a talented voice actor but she really lays it on rather thickly it’s irritating. The main character is actually NOT a remarkably good person (though she is clearly meant to be a paragon of virtue by the author’s lights)... She’s a narcissist who is So focused on herself and her own drama perpetually surprised when things predictably don’t work out bc she’s forgotten that the entire world doesn’t revolve around her. She is self-satisfied and maddeningly entitled and ungrateful to the people who are usually the nicest and she’s inconsistent insofar as sometimes she would lay down her life to protect a stranger but then thinks nothing of throwing people in harm’s way for her own benefit when it suits her. For a super powerful multi centenarian she lacks a lot of emotional maturity and hasn’t learned much and she proves herself completely useless constantly at the author’s lazy whims. Instead of working a skillful plot around the magic it’s all kind of low effort at times and when characters have to end up in situations they mysteriously loose their ability to think, problem-solve or seemingly to use magic and decide to lay down and die. They do this when they have a thousand obvious options at their disposal if the author feels it necessary to advance the plot that way. We are also treated to a lot of self-righteous back-patting that is incredibly grating - scenes that might have been improved by some original content get taken up by highly repetitive and sometimes misplaced moralizing. There’s a lack of consistency where abilities and magic are concerned and it’s not compensated for by something like great historical research. The historical setting is a kind of superficial backdrop. I would have liked to see it used more and to see proof of intricate and deep historical research. Maybe the author did do that but if she did it not really seem immediately apparent to me. Ahhh well. I’ll finish it but authoress please - can you make Elizabeth less of entitled pinched lady sometimes and give her the power and emotional maturity that you take and give back at your whim? Keep it consistent and work harder on the plot to advance the story rather than conveniently changing the nature of characters to create lazy obstacles fir the characters to overcome... I also wish each book had more storyline and more pages I think they could stand to be longer and you could do a more complex storyline with more space. Voice actor: a good reader better than many but I wish she would not lay it on so thick with the effects that are meant to convey righteousness Lack thereof - take it easy on the vibrato to communicate “high emotion” and the various cadences for different character. This may be fussy criticism on my part though bc she is essentially a really talented voice actor and I’m nitpicking - most likely on account of feeling crusty and the bits I found annoying in the story and character arcs.

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loved it

I could not stop listening to this book. I am sad it is finished. I look forward to the next

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  • Kelly kale
  • 2018-02-26

LOVE this book.

Great story from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns. left hanging on every word. Worth another read.

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  • Lori
  • 2017-03-19

I loved it!!

This book wraps up the story of Elizabeth and Teagan perfectly but I still hope for another story with these characters.

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  • S.Walsh
  • 2020-08-16

my new FAVORITE author! LOVE these novels

my new FAVORITE author! LOVE these novels. It's fantastic when the narration is complimentary!

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  • Alicia Persich
  • 2020-10-07

Very boring.... slow journey to a predictable end.

I was so hoping this would be as good as the first book. I just wanted to know what was going to happen to Bess. I stuck with it. A lot of moments that drag on and on and on. ... oh well.

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  • LOVE AMAZON
  • 2020-07-15

fantastic

a great book you feel the joy and terror and magic within and finally love

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  • Donnarooks
  • 2020-07-05

Left me wanting more!

This is the second book in this series. I couldn't put it down! I loved every minute of it as well as the first one the witches daughter

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-12

Audio movie series soon on the visual screen?

Great voice work, the visuals created by this superb writer were clear, colorful, and full of depth/adventure. Hoping for more books in the series.

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  • Rowdy Rhino
  • 2020-04-30

Enchanting

A wonderful a wonderful continuation from the first book many great great twists and turns in a perfect ending

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  • FlightSimLover
  • 2020-02-20

By far my favorite

I loved the stories of Elizabeth, Tegan and Gideon. I have read (listened to) all the books in the series and this by far is my favorite. Paula Brackston uses so much imagery in her writing you can picture yourself there in the story. I found myself getting so attached to the characters I didn’t want the book to end.

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  • Amanda Little
  • 2020-02-06

Really Wanted to Like This One, But...

I really enjoyed The Witch's Daughter and had high hopes for its follow up. The story itself dragged on. It seemed like every thought and action was explained rather than just happening in a natural way. For the narration, the story is told sometimes from Elizabeth's point of view, and sometimes from Teagan's. However, there was no delineation between the two. The narrator's voice inflection and cadence was the same for both characters, and there was no "Chapter __" or "(POV Name)" to queue who was telling the story at that point. It was hard to keep up, especially since the story pacing was so slow my mind often wandered.