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Sorceress Hardcover – 4 Mar 2002
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Celia Rees's Sorceress is the bewitching sequel to Witch Child, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2001. In the first novel, a young English girl called Mary flees 17th-century England when her grandmother is hung, accused of being a witch. She sails across the seas to America where she begins a new life with a community of Puritans. But as the history books show, this was no safe place for a young witch, good or bad, and when Mary's past is exposed she is cast out into the wilderness. Her diary is abandoned and the reader is left not knowing how Mary's story ends but wanting more.
Not one to disappoint fans, Rees returns with a sequel. In Part II, the story is taken over by a young modern-day historian called Alison Ellman and a Native American Indian called Agnes, who realises that there is a spiritual link between herself and the long-dead English girl. The pair track down the truth of what happened to Mary, each in their own way. But it is through Agnes that Mary's story truly unfolds as the girl goes on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. In a trance-like state, she becomes Mary. We learn of her marriage to the Indian warrior Jaybird, their children and the suffering of her people when war comes. Rees combines superb storytelling with factual history to enchanting effect, leaving you captivated until the very last page. --Nicola Perry
(Witch Child is) definitely one of the highlights of this year -- Glasgow Herald
Rees has become a major writer for teenage readers -- The Saturday Independent
Rees writes with grace and urgency -- The Guardian
Top customer reviews
The two books by Celia Rees are very well written with a compelling story about survival, gender roles, sexuality, loneliness, tribes, beliefs in the 17th century. Through the use of the first person, readers are taken into Mary's life as she battles against the odds in different countries. Audiences are brought into her world as she describes in a diary styled voice which allows audiences to take in the simple facts. Though perhaps too much emphasis on other characters at times the story is always engaging as we are keen to know what is going to happen to the central protagonist of Mary.
Personally I felt it dragged at quite a few points with too much happening and a bit of exaggeration but its minimal criticism as the book is amazingly sophisticated and detailed throughout. The attention to detail is amazing and the author has an incredible technique to really conform to the moment, to bring it out and make you feel associated with the story.
Changes in time
Rees choose to differ this story to Witch child by including modern day elements. At first when reading about Agnes and her communication with the spirit world I was completely turned off and wondered why. But thankfully as the story progressed I realised it was a valuable element to the story and was great to read. The shift between past and present is great and a different element of story writing for audiences. Rees' gamble paid off. I have read other stories where time changes and it didn't come off but thankfully this is one story that does.
Read it if...you enjoy stories which create emotion, tension and mystery
Another engaging book from Rees which is not as interesting as the first but still managers to satisfy audience expectations
The saying goes 'don't judge a book by its cover' and it is completely right, the cover kind of looks daunting and looks as if it is going to be scary - not that at all. Instead these books are touching and really believable.
Sorceress follows on with Mary's story and believe me it is a truly wonderfull story. Not your average '..and they all lived happily ever after' story otherwise it wouldn't be believable. Instead it portrays love, loss, war and happiness.
I know this book certaily touched my heart and i can guarantee it will yours.
Although it was confusing in parts with the story skipping back and forwards in time, it was a brilliant read and i highly recommend it to other Celia Rees fans.
In "Sorceress" the story of Mary Newbury continues. "Witch Child" ended with Mary fleeing Beulah (USA), accused of practising witchcraft in the small settlement there. This story alternatates between Mary's Story and the story of another young girl, Agnes, in the present day. Agnes is a Mohawk at college in Boston, and hears about the appeal of the researcher, Alison Ellman, to find information about Mary from the seventeenth century. Alison had already found the 'Mary Papers' and written the first part of Mary's story (which makes up "Witch Child") but now she's reached a dead end and cannot find any more information... until she hears from Agnes.
As Mary's story unravels you can't help but feel empathy. Her life, like any had its highs and lows, but she seems to have had more than her fair share of sadness to contend with. A moving, convincing story, compelling read, and I can highly recommend it for ages 11+.