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 »I should have known his last name would be Masters because he has such an ego. Of course his last name would be Masters what other name he would have. Plus he changes his name only to be N or G through the Centuries?
« Hide 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.
View Spoiler »By asking her to be his mistress! WHAT THE HECK! Yea that’s really romantic William, Hey Bess I love you so much can you please be my side chick even though I have to marry someone more of my social station! Don’t be mad Bess I hear side chicks are the new “thing” in the royal courts! This is how much I love you! Ughs I want to kick William in the shins so hard!
Don’t even get me started on how he punked out when Bess ask for his help.
Why don’t you tell me how you really feel William?
« Hide Spoiler
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.