Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
January 18th, 2011
Format: Audio Book
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.
I loved The Silver Witch so much that I immediately wanted to listen (listened to the audio version of this) to another one of her tales and this one had been on my list for quite a while so I picked it up next.
I’ll say that The Silver Witch was better, but this one was still good. I don’t know why it has so many bad reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the little twists here and there and was quite entertained by it. I even pre-ordered it’s sequel which is set to come out this March.
Yes, this one was a bit slower and it took a bit to get into it, but all in all I’d really recommend it for people who like witchy stories. Unless they’ll be offended by the association with witchery and the devil-which could be kind of bothersome if you’re actually a witch-inclined person, but it does try to separate them throughout the book.
I really enjoyed the play-on-words the characters use with their names throughout the book, but I did find the plot a touch predictable as I figured it out pretty quickly into the story. Still worth a read or a listen.