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A Secret History of Witches: A Novel Kindle Edition
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After Grand-Mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her.
Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden.
But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever -- not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.
Praise for A Secret History of Witches:
"I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic. . .. Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time." —Laure Eve, author of The Graces
"Historical fiction at its absolute finest....Deliciously absorbing." —Boston Globe
"At once sprawling and intimate, A Secret History of Witches deftly captures the greatest magic of all: the love between mothers and daughters." —Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of The Wolf in the Whale
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01N2ZV4MN
- Publisher : Redhook (September 5, 2017)
- Publication date : September 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2695 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 459 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I hate leaving negative reviews, but this book was beyond disappointing.
This story is not at all complicated, and quite easy to read as a simple pleasure. It has strong female characters who are hereditary witches. This is the story of a lineage of mothers and daughters through time, and their use of magic in attaining their life's ambitions. The stories center around family, love, and children, and occasionally fortune. The individual women's tales should resonate with all women. The book has chapters, but it is perhaps easier to put down as each new generations' tale emerges.
The book does draw on ritual aspects of modern neopaganism and Wicca, as well as, in some sense, Wicca's own very real historical fiction. Woven through the story are topics such as the wheel of the year, with very simple explanations of those days' rituals, and basic circle casting and scrying. At times the women in the stories are raised Christian, and the story is very Christian friendly overall, though there are some fundamentalist witch hunters who are much feared, for good reason.
It is not lewd, though very brief sexual situations are mentioned in a romantic way, and it is never explicit. The language is very mild and in general, the values are love and faithfulness to it, observance of the wheel of the year, and family and loyalty. There's also a strong thread of love and respect for animals and their well being, and love of the earth and planting/gardening.
If you enjoy this story, especially the tales of Gypsies practicing the craft in secret in the early- mid 21st century, you might also like Diary of a Witch . As I was reading "A Secret History of Witches" I found myself often remembering how I enjoyed that book, too.
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The author, American I presume by the terrible spellings, postulates that the late Queen Mother was a witch, based on the evidence that one of her family was burned as a witch for what was clearly political reasons.
It is well known that both the late Queen Mother and Prince Charles are Druids. Whatever!
It really, really stretches the bounds of fiction to suggest, even if she were a sister of the craft, that the Queen Mother would share highly confidential info on D Day in this way, just plain ridiculous!
There was a New Forest Coven, which according to Doreen Valente made spells to repelled the German invaders, and Aliester Crowley did engage in secret war work.
Of course the female protagonists right through the novel are stunningly beautiful, sweet natured, clever, and succeed at all they touch, but that's why we all escape into novels
I had hoped that Veronique would work with the Forest coven, disappointing ending, with a cliffhanger no doubt for the next book.
One life follows another each with its own deep secrets, dreams and aspirations. Each faces up to a personal dilemma, some with more success than others.
Starting in 1821 when the family flee from Brittany and following the daughters as they mature and grow into their powers. Not all will make the right choice but each will pass on the spark that brings the scrying stone to life to the next. They will face the choices they made and live hard lives often fearful of discovery.
I really enjoyed the book but I felt it lacked a vital something.. it needed just a little spark somewhere to lift it into 5*'s. The end felt a little flat.. which was a shame because it's just so close to the next level.