The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston Book Review!

Friday, February 12th 2016


I read this book October 11th of 2015, and had to re-read it after being approved an advances readers copy of the sequel. Most of Paula Brockton’s “Witches” theme books are stand alone novels, expect  The Witch’s Daughter is a dualogoy, I’m so pleased that it is.

Paula Brackston takes us on an enchanted journey that fallows the immortal life of Elizabeth Bess Hawksmith, and how she came to be immortal. What frightens Bess more than anything is the constantly lurking over her shoulder of an immortal dark present that fallows her. Like any truly villain, Gideon Masters View Spoiler » is equipped with his very own theme song Greensleeves, go figure. What will our “Dear Bess” do? Will she continues to run? Or will she run out of places to hide?

I enjoyed reading this book,it has a great underrated quality to it that makes reading it comforting. This novel deals heavy within the world of Neo-Paganism, focusing on Hedge Witchery; Wiccan calendar; nature (of course); spell casting and Summerland. To me what makes this book so amazing that even though it is fictional the elements of magic(k)  are examples of the type of witchcraft that a modern Wiccan/Witch/Pagan would perform today.

You’ll find Bess constantly calling upon the strength of her fellow sisters of witches, or upon the Goddess, it’s these small features in the novel that really made my heart connect with the book. It’s nice to read a novel that is inspired by the factual side of Neo-Paganism and not the Hollywood imagery of witchcraft.

I still love Harry Potter!

The characters  in the novel are really near and dear to our beloved Bess. They are people that she has come to love all her life living in Wessex. Unfortunately this being to change when the plague and the accusation of witchcraft are spreading through the land. These events happen around the same time when Bess life is at its peak of happiness turning to harden sadness, especially her long time love William, about to who is above her social status about to marry.

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The character that annoyed me the most was Gideon. I really though Gideon was going to be this dark romantic character but BOY WAS I WRONG! Gideon is a great villain not because he is ruthless, or brutal, his villainous ways are truly evil because he is charming. I really hated how manipulating he was that he kept finding Bess, despite the years she kept running away from him. What makes it worse is that she kept falling in love with the same BAD BOY. Which either means that Bess needs to analyze the type of men she’s attracted to, or Gideon is one creepy stalker ex-boyfriend who needs a magical restraining order that can withhold during immortality!

I felt that this novel is a relaxing read. I didn’t truly feel connected to any of the characters. When I read a novel I want to feel what the characters are feeling. When they are heartbroken I want to be deviated if not heartbroken for them because I saw how emotionally draining the situation is for them. In Paula Brockton’s The Witch’s Daughter  I just felt like a wonderful phantom watching the events go by without any character immersion on my part. I felt like someone was telling me a story of their enchanted events during the summer. My entire reaction to events in the book was Oh no or Ah that sucks! I found classify this novel as a great Sunday Read. It’s still a good book to read although I enjoyed the sequel much better.

Happy Reading

About Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book ‘Nutters’ (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.

Paula lives in Wales with her partner and their two children.

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