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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (4 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1472116402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472116406
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sensitive, beautifully written account . . . If the Brontë sisters had penned magical realism,this would have been the result. (Guardian, on The Winter Witch)

A slice of 19th century Wales . . . full of atmosphere. (SFX, on The Winter Witch)

'A riveting tales of sorcery and time travel.' (Marie Claire on The Witch's Daughter)

Lushly written with a fascinating premise and an enthralling heroine, The Witch's Daughter will linger long in memory after the last page has been savoured. (Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Betrayal)

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Midnight is the most bewitching hour of them all.

From Paula Brackston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch, comes a magical tale that is as dark as it is enchanting. Set in high society Edwardian England, a young witch faces the choice between love and loyalty to her coven.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xkoqueen on 4 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston is her third book on witches, however, this is not a series. A young witch struggling to find her power/place does seem to be the common theme in the various books. The Midnight Witch takes place in the early 20th century (1913-1919). Unlike the previous books, the main characters occupy a higher socio-economic status.

Lilith Montgomery assumes the role of head witch of the Lazarus Coven after the death of her father. She takes on the leadership even though she is young and inexperienced, albeit the heir apparent to the role. She is immediately challenged by dark forces that want to reclaim their power through secrets the coven has guarded for centuries. While this conflict is boiling, Lilith must also deal with her family and her love conflicts.

Although I enjoyed The Midnight Witch, I didn’t enjoy it as much as Brackston’s first book. I loved that she toggled between POV of three main characters (Lilith, Bram and Sticklend). That choice in how the story was told allowed the reader to savor the slow introduction of information as characters presented themselves. The reader knows that the characters will somehow be connected, but it was a delicious wait to see how the pieces fit together.

Although Lilith may not have been a common name for someone of that time period, choosing that name as a nod to the “first witch” was very clever. I had a love-hate relationship with Lilith. She seemed naïve, untrained and hypocritical. I like that she wanted to keep the coven current, but many of her choices seemed not only self-serving but completely out of line with what would have been hammered into her as the future leader of the coven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james eves on 6 Jan. 2015
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I had not read Paula Brackston before and as with all author's new to me,I started that first page with my heart beat picking up,would it be a good story that would draw me into Edwardian London and the mysteries of the Lazarus Coven. Well it did not take long for Paula Brackston to weave her magic and by the end of chapter one I was hooked,as this quality storyteller had me wrapped in the sounds and atmosphere of London in 1912. The main character of Lady Lilith Montgomery was beautifully constructed by Paula Brackston and by the end of the book I to was a little in love with Morningstar. Like all good things you want more and my joy is that I still have more books by Paula Brackston to come,I wonder witch one will have me page turning late into the night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Beetham on 12 Jan. 2015
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A good historical read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mccudden on 22 Dec. 2014
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Not as good as her other books. I found it overly wordy and slow. Also, Lilleth was irritatingly naive for someone who supposedly has been brought up in a position of power and ran roughshod over all the covens rules. Another example of inherited power being idiotic!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Uncompelling and Unlike Author's Other Work 26 Feb. 2014
By Diana Faillace Von Behren - Published on Amazon.com
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As a reader of Paula Brackston's other novels--I would not say that I was exactly a fan, I found her newest offering, "The Midnight Witch" extremely disappointing. While Brackston's other "witch" books, specifically "The Witch's Daughter," and "The Winter Witch" engaged the reader from the very first page, "Midnight Witch" fails to compel the reader to even get passed the first page.

Brackston's work tends to be a bit predictable--in Winter Witch, the nemesis is guessed from pretty much the start--in Witch's Daughter, the story repeats itself as the witch in question constantly reinvents herself and creates a new life as the centuries march forward--forever keeping an eye on her very personal villain who trails her throughout the ages. Rather than fashion characters that envelop you intimately within their story, in Midnight Witch, Brackston decides to go for a "Downton Abbey" effect--capitalizing on the series popularity and trying too hard to play the manners game of the Victorian/Edwardian Era to recreate a London of appearances rather than dramatic substance.

Partly, the problem Brackston faces is presenting the motivation that keeps the reader turning the pages, rather than trying to figure out what exactly is going on based on the strict rules of her scenario. As the Lazarus Coven of witches--a high-bred society-influencing group has just "buried" their head, the former leader's daughter Lilith must take the reigns of control for which she has been bred. Of course, she is challenged--an enemy within the clandestine organization works against her. Nonetheless, she has what it takes even though she must keep in check her opium-smoking brother, battle demons and pass the tests of the other witches to prove her readiness.

Her romantic interest comes in the form of unassuming artist, Bram--who really doesn't know what he's in for as Lilith's specialty in the witch world is necromancy--she can talk to the dead--communing often with the shade of her deceased father.

All this sounds like the stuff of magic when it comes to plotline. The potential is there, but unfortunately it is all bogged down with glaring technical errors that actually make it a trial for the reader to get from one page to the next. Sadly, each chapter is not told from the perspective of one character--there can be many voices giving their third person impression of the timeline and the plot incidents. Not only is this disconcerting, but it punctuates the novel's failure to draw the reader in--opting instead for the stifling effect of standing apart--moving characters about on a veritable chessboard rather than allowing an instant affiliation and loyalty to grow between the reader and the main protagonist. The overall result is akin to a corset worn too tightly; as a reader, this reviewer did not have enough room to breath and comfortably acknowledge these fictional beings as likeable creatures. Even after reading over 100 pages, I still did not know what the main thrust of the novel was, and had absolutely no reason to find out. As a result, I did not feel compelled to finish this book and did not.

Brackston's former style of allowing the witch in question to act as the main focal point works much better; her other two novels, while not perfect are, indeed, far more readable.

Bottom line? Paula Brackston's "The Midnight Witch" gets lost in its own desire to recreate the turn of the twentieth century mindset as, perhaps, depicted by the mores and dialogue of Downton Abbey. Unfortunately, Brackston's stories of magic and self-discovery while battling nemesis forces and societal limitiationss have more success with a more intimate telling. Her frequent change of perspective within chapters adds to the sense of not knowing where the novel is going. Not recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
DISAPPOINTED (2-STARS) 28 Feb. 2014
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've read the authors previous two novels, enjoyed them and very much and put her on my list of authors to watch for new releases because of this, but this latest work is a disappointment. All the reason that I did not enjoy this as I did the previous two have already been listed by my fellow Vine reviewer Diana F. Von Behren's and like another Vine reviewer, S. Beck, I too fought to finish this novel. The writing style makes it confusing, there are too many voices and for me it failed to convey the era in which the story is set.

In many cases, readers are disappointed in a new writer's sophomore work before they recover with their third offering. I know that this author can put out novels that I enjoy. I will await her next novel to see if she returns to the format that has worked well for her or one that is better than this.

2 STARS: ** Receiving this book through Amazon's Vine Program did not influence my rating or review of this book; all opinions are mine**.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Midnight Witch 2 Mar. 2014
By Leeanna Chetsko - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking forward to reading THE MIDNIGHT WITCH. I’m always on the hunt for a good witch book and the summary sounded like I would get exactly that.

I gave the book 110 pages (to Chapter 9) before I gave up. I usually try to finish every book I start, but THE MIDNIGHT WITCH was just not the book for me. Here are the reasons why:

--In 110 pages, almost nothing happened. I was a third of the way through the book and still didn’t know when the story hinted at the summary would show up.

--The book switches between first and third person perspectives. Lilith’s passages are in first person, and then the parts from Bram and Stricklend are in third person. At the start of the book, Lilith is attending her father’s funeral, and we’re privy to her thoughts on the burdens she’s about to take up, as well as her grief. But within pages we’re introduced to Bram and Stricklend, and I had no clue why they were showing up so early.

--Along with perspective switching, the book is just too detailed for me. Now, I’m usually a reader who likes a ton of detail. I like to really imagine the world and characters I’m reading about. But when there are long paragraphs describing the exterior of an opium den or the dilapidated interior of an artist’s house, my eyes glaze over. I felt like the author was focusing on too much unimportant stuff, which is part of why I reached Chapter 9 without anything important happening.

--I also couldn’t get into the writing style. I felt like I was fighting my way through each page, wading through surplus details and lengthy inner monologues, trying to decide what was important. I can’t quote because I received an advance copy of the book, but I’d recommend reading an excerpt or sample of it first.

I tried to finish THE MIDNIGHT WITCH, I really did. I don’t like to give up on books, but when a book doesn’t hold my interest, well, there are lots of other books out there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A leaden Edwardian slog. 20 May 2014
By Quickbeam - Published on Amazon.com
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Based upon the blurb alone, I thought this sounded like an interesting book. After the first 9 chapters which were slow paced and ornate with excess detail, I scanned reviews to see how others had evaluated this book. I was not surprised that so many gave up and did not finish. I did complete this book but it never did gain any pace or spark. It took me 3-4 times longer to read this book than usual. Every page was a chore.

I did not know this author's work prior to this book. The story is filled with missed opportunities. Lilith, the main character, could have been interesting but was not. The love story seemed without dimension and flat. None of the necromancing drama had impact on me as a reader. Perhaps I was so bludgeoned by descriptions of gowns and hair pins I could no longer care.

For me this book did not work as a romance, mystery or paranormal fiction. My take away is that sometimes a blurb is more interesting than the book itself. I can't recommend this book in any way.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Didn't like it 27 Mar. 2014
By Trish B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Every time I'd start to like or feel empathy for the heroine, she'd do something stupid. Kind of reminded me of those Harlequin books where the girl decides "he couldn't possibly love me because of x (insert random stupid reason), I'm leaving" instead of
just being direct, and all the drama that ensues from that.

Note to heroine: that spirit that comes to you unbidden IN YOUR MIND can read your mind. Really. Doesn't stop.

I was ready to stop at 40% of the way through. Read the reviews at that point, and a couple reviewers hadn't even finished the book. I figured well, maybe it gets better.... the least I can do is finish it. I did and I wish I hadn't wasted my time. I enjoyed the first two witch stories from this author. Not loved, but enjoyed. This one, not so much.
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