In the spring of 1628, the witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree, she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, 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 judgement, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan. But will she be able to stand against Gideon - who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul - in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?
My Review: 4 Stars
Paula Brackston has spun a memorable tale of loss and perseverance. You actually get a treat with The Witch's Daughter in that it is written in the present with flashbacks that are mini stories throughout Bess's life. You first meet Elizabeth, a modern witch, in present day England. She's been living a long life while having to constantly run away from the warlock that created her, Gideon, who has been pursuing her since her change. She is he's and he'll stop at nothing to have her, and unfortunately for her they have forever to play this game of cat and mouse. We get to join Tegan, an inquisitive teenage neighbor, as Elizabeth tells the story of her beginning through flashbacks recounting moments in her long life from adolescents, to learning and practicing medicine, then a war and back to the present. My favorite flashback was Eliza's time in London, as I'm a huge fan of the mystery that surrounds the era she was living in. This had kind of a slow start for me but I'm glad I continued reading. Brackston has a very descriptive writing style that really takes you into the moment. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction/witches/english settings.
I'm adding a link to Greensleeves, once you've read the book you'll know the reason :) Enjoy...
Photo from Avostal Greensleeves youtube video
Here's the link to a version of Greensleeves by Avostal