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The Witch's Daughter [Hardcover]

Paula Brackston
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Book Description

18 Jan 2011

In the spring of 1628, young Bess Hawksmith watches her mother's body swing limp from the Hanging Tree. She knows that only one man can save her from the same fate - Gideon Masters, the Warlock. She knows, too, that his help comes at a steep price.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch.

But Gideon is hunting her still. He will stop at nothing, determined even after centuries to claim her soul. And now, Bess is not fighting to save herself alone: now, she must protect the girl she has grown to love like a daughter.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (18 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312621681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312621681
  • ASIN: 031262168X
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 17.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,223,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 savored. Highly recommended. (Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Betrayal)

A lyrical and spell-binding time travel fantasy featuring an immortal witch who must summon all her powers to defeat the evil hounding her through the centuries. (Mary Sharratt, author of Daughters of the Witching Hill)

With her first novel, author Paula Brackston conjures up a riveting tale of sorcery and time travel. By mixing feminine heroism with masculine might, Brackston successfully captivates readers with characters Bess, an immortal witch, and sinister dark lord, Gideon. It's almost impossible not to root for the underdog in this magical twist on the classic David vs. Goliath tale. Plus, the skill with which Brackston weaves her characters through time makes this book a fascinating take on global history. (Marie Claire)

Brackston's first novel offers well-crafted characters in an absorbing plot and an altogether delicious blend of historical fiction and fantasy. (Booklist)

This pleasantly romantic historical fantasy debut flips lightly between the past experiences of ageless witch Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith and her present-day life in Matravers, England... Bess's adventures are fascinating. (Publishers Weekly)

Stretching her tale over several centuries, British-based Brackston brings energy as well as commercial savvy to her saga of innocence and the dark arts.... History, time travel and fantasy combine in a solidly readable entertainment. (Kirkus) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fierce independent woman. Desperate to escape her cursed history, she must first confront the evil witch who has haunted her for centuries.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Waited for the peak.. 12 April 2013
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What a fantastic idea and Bess as a mortal is a brilliant and deep character.
The story itself led to boredom and a little repetitive. It would have served better for it to be split into three books with more details and action than the chapters of hasty writing to get to a point we all knew was coming.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Retitled book! 28 Oct 2013
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Just to let readers know, this is a retitled novel, the original title of which was The Book of Shadows. If you've read it, don't buy this thinking it's a new title!

When I read this as The Book of Shadows I didn't even finish it, it's well written enough, but I found the Tegan character so annoying, and Elizabeth just a bore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 27 Feb 2014
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Great story well told, from the start to the end couldn't put it down. Will look for more books from this author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent paranormal/ historical novel 9 Jan 2014
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A real page-turner which moves seamlessly between past and present. Creepy thrills galore, convincing characters and well researched period detail. The structure - tales within tales - works really well and contributes to the suspense and unease. I'd recommend this to anyone of any age from teens up. It's better written than most novels in the genre and has very sad moments - is quite grim at times - but if you enjoyed Twilight you'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 27 Jun 2014
By shelley
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Really good book had me hooked and was good from beginning to end recommend this book to anyone that enjoys supernatural books
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4.0 out of 5 stars a tale of witches. 15 Sep 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit differently written from a lot of other books I've read but I loved the author's style. The stories within the main story worked extremely well. I couldn't put it down, it kept me on the edge of my seat. The book really took me there! The characters were portrayed brilliantly. I loved it. Will read more from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it! 13 Sep 2014
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I found this book a bit hard going in places but persevered and in the end quite enjoyed it. Elizabeth's protege was a bit immature to be believable so those were the parts of the book I struggled with. All in all a good read though if you stick with it; really enjoyed Elizabeth's story through the ages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storyline 18 Jan 2014
By Lazlo
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Really enjoyed this book as I like to read stories about witches and magic. The only downside of this book is that though it is based in England, it's a pity that the author and publisher used the American English spelling of some words instead of British English. In my mind, nothing spoils the flow of a good story like this when interrupted by wrongly spelt words. Had the story been situated in America, then the spelling would not have mattered. For this reason I have given only 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The witch's daughter, another winner for Paula Brackton.
This book is full of excitement, colour and compassion
Published 2 months ago by Claire Voyant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, highly recommend!
Published 2 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Great book well written.good story. Really enjoyed it. Interesting history through to today. Lead heroine interesting and kind sad to see her die.
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Gornall
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I love all things witch and this book is fabulous so interesting and well written being Wicca myself it is really great to read a fiction book that has lots of bits of craft... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I absolutely loved this book .although I have read the second book before this one.I don't get the connection .I have then third book look forward to reading that one too.
Published 3 months ago by susan e baigent
3.0 out of 5 stars A spooky tale of witches and warlocks
This is not my usual fare, but I was attracted by the cover and thought "why not?"

It is a strange tale indeed spanning centuries in the life of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by EleanorB
2.0 out of 5 stars The witch's daughter
I bought the winter witch, which was amazing. That's why I bought the witch's daughter, I was totally disappointed and really felt I had wasted my money, it was a book off... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jackie Lees
4.0 out of 5 stars the witch's daughter.
This is a different type of book I normally read and it has been very enjoyable. I would possibly read more of this author.
Published 4 months ago by Stewart McFeat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I really enjoyed this book, it has a nice flow so is an easy read, anyone looking for a witch story won't be disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by Jayne77
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
well written book easy to get lost in. i have purchased the second hope its just as good a read.
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