Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch / Review

Hello there

Today i decided to make a two for one, since i read this books one after the other, even when one has nothing to do with the other, both have some similarities.
My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins…

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.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories--and demons—long thought forgotten.

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 that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.

To be honest, i expected a little more of this book, i wanted for so long to read it, and like sometimes happens, i felt a little disappointed. By no means it's a terrible book or something like that, but there are some parts that are quite boring and when i read "formidable powers", well, i thought for real that i would read something about those amazing powers, which never happened. And romance? well, i really, really would like to read more about it, but it was more like lonely-woman-friendship-with-lonely-teenager kind of book. 


In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can't quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

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 40,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with The Winter Witch, another enchanting tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.

I wasn't so sure about to read this book, since the first one wasn't what i expected at all, but since the beginning, it caught me!. Morgana was a lovable character, same as Cai, and their love story (this one has more romance and love), has a special place in my heart. And let me tell you, even when she didn't speak a word when she went against the evil witch, Morgana was powerful, she had character!.
It's the kind of book that you would enjoy with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in a windy day!.

14 comments:

  1. I love a good book! i always need good ones to add to my list! PS - thank you for stopping by! I'm so glad that you are for one a cat lover and an animal rescuer!!!!!!!!!! BTW - your email address isn't linked to your blog so I couldn't respond to your sweet sweet comment.

    Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for let me know about the email, hopefully it's fixed by now. Your post was beautiful!

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  2. I saw this somewhere the other day and was intrigues... think I will see if the library has it in!

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    1. They are great books, but the second one, i totally loved it!

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  3. thanks for the reviews, might check them out

    jomischief

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  4. these look like great books! i'll have to keep them on my list of books to read this winter :)

    andrea brionne
    @himandher-blog.com

    p.s. i'm doing a chocolate giveaway on my blog!

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    1. Thank you, omg gladly i would enter but i can't eat chocolate :( still i'm checking your blog, your pics from Poland are awesome!

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