Series: The Witch’s Daughter
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
March 8th, 2016
Via Goodreads: 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 readers 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 had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has travelled 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 nemisis once and for all?
In a breathless journey that takes them through history, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.
I’ll start by saying, it’s rare that I enjoy a sequel more than the original book it follows, however I definitely felt that way about The Return of the Witch. It got a grade up on The Witch’s Daughter which I reviewed earlier. I felt like this book was written better, and it was also much more interesting with more characters and locations than the previous book, though I enjoyed both of them quite a bit.
I enjoyed the deeper character development here, and more of a journey through different types of magic and different timelines. It was also a lot of fun visiting Elizabeth’s past and seeing how some of the people she’d known back in the day had turned out. The new characters and eras, that stayed kind of close to eras we’d known previously, were fun-especially if you like a bit of history with your fiction. The end was also good too, and helped a follower of the story feel a sense of complement-at least for a loved character or two. However, with how things were left in other places, I feel maybe a third one may be in the works? Hmmm… I hope so.