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The Return of the Witch: A Novel (The Witch's Daughter, 2) Hardcover – March 8, 2016
Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could--with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.
After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?
In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.
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"By Chapter Four I was cheering 'Yes! We're going back to the seventeenth century.' Dark events trigger a fascinating chase through the centuries that will appeal to fantasy and historical readers alike. Elizabeth and Tegan are back in a heart-warming tale of witchery, female power and tantalising time travel." - Martine Bailey, author of A Taste for Nightshades
"When it comes to deftly mingling different fiction genres, Paula Brackston is something of a magician herself. The Return of the Witch, the author’s sequel to her first book, is a spellbinding story comprised of equal measures of fantasy, time-travel, and history spiced up with a generous dash of danger and suspense." ―ReadertoReader.com
Praise for The Witch's Daughter:
"A riveting tale of sorcery and time travel."-Marie Claire
"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." --Kirkus
“The Witch's Daughter is a must read for anyone who loves magic set in the real world, who craves a well-written novel with historical elements along with romance and witchcraft tied into a tension-filled plot and vivid imagery, and, of course, who seeks an escape from their own lives if only for a moment.” ―Huffington Post
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- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (March 8, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250028817
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250028815
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.36 x 1.12 x 9.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #296,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As with The Witch's Daughter, Return of the Witch was at its best for me during recollection of a flashback. While we witnessed the highlights of Elizabeth's long life in the first book, the sequel's flashbacks come from Tegan, who has grown greatly as a witch & as a character during the five years we are told have passed since the conclusion of The Witch's Daughter. While Elizabeth remained with her sister-witches, keeping watch over evil Gideon in the Summerlands, Tegan travelled the world around, learning at the feet of some of the most powerful & uniquely gifted witches alive. She has truly come into her own as a young woman & as a witch. Her joyful reunion with Elizabeth was one of the most powerful moments in the book.
However, it is the result of the incredible power Tegan has amassed that brings her into an escaped & more dangerous-than-ever-Gideon's radar for a second time. There were a few things about Tegan's side of the story during her captivity with Gideon that I wish had been better fleshed out; I feel that I would've enjoyed learning more about that side of things over some slow parts from Elizabeth's POV. Overall, though, I am happy with the level of closure Elizabeth received, even enjoying a brief reunion with her first love & a return to the town (and year) of her birth.
Just prior to reading this book I started reading Paula Brackston's newer series, beginning with The Little Shop of Found Things. Reading about Erasmus's powers in Return of the Witch put me in mind of Xanthe from Found Things, & I wonder if the two time-stepping characters will ever cross paths? Might be an interesting way to cross the two series. Bottom line, although I didn't find this quite as delightful as it's predecessor, Return of the Witch was still a worthy offering from an always impressive author, & a must-read for any fans of the original. It draws a satisfying end- or rather a new beginning- to both Elizabeth's & Tegan's story so far.
If you read the Witches Daughter you HAVE to read this one......Gideon gets his just rewards in " the return of the witches daughter"......if you love a good ending that makes you say - Yes ......you go girl!! then read this one.
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Three down now and already dreading when I read the last one (still a couple to go) with The Little Shop of Lost Things due out in Summer 2018, I think, a bit of a change of theme. Hope Paula keeps adding to her Wicca series occasionally, its gentle magic in itself, and very worth a read.