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The Witch's Daughter | [Paula Brackston]

The Witch's Daughter

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 at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is 384 years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins.…

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 at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. 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 for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories - and demons - long thought forgotten.

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch’s Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Listeners will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.

©2010 Paula Brackston (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Paisley ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 03-09-13
    Paisley ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Fan of philisophical fantasy, historic fiction, Victorian gothic, books that make you think!

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    "Lots of potential..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For the most part, yes. I felt myself wanting the book to continue in more detail at certain points, yet other parts seemed very drawn out. It could have been much better if the storyline had not meandered quite like it did. It felt a bit rushed, and I wonder if it wouldn't have been better as several books- one for each era of Bess' life.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that there was actually some hard-core Satanic worshipping going on was a bit shocking...most books about witches make it a point to avoid that subject. Bess' upbringing was probably the most interesting storyline to follow throughout the saga. The way the villain shows up eventually in every era became very redundant, and I would say that is the biggest flaw of this book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I HATED the voice the narrator used for any male character. It was a terrible, drab, creepy sort of voice that didn't suit the author's intentions for some of the character's, I felt. It took away from Gideon's character a great deal, I felt. If I'd been reading the book to myself, he would have had a much more sultry, seductive voice, which would have made me understand his allure and power over Bess.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steph United States 03-27-13
    Steph United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It was promising"

    I really enjoyed the premise of the book and found the execution lacking. The foundation of the book was solid and was developed well but when I was finished I found myself wondering if I would have continued to read it if I was reading it instead of listening to it and I don't believe I would have. The narrator does a great job but there really isn't a lot of actual action. I really wanted to like it more than I did and I kept waiting for the payoff. I didn't hate it but I also won't be getting the sequel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mendi SAN RAMON, CA, United States 03-07-13
    Mendi SAN RAMON, CA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cover photo more compelling than the book"
    What did you like best about The Witch's Daughter? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the theme of the book about a witch who strives to rise above her creation. The story just fell flat for me and was not compelling. I had hoped for more detail, more examples of her historical experiences. I wanted to learn more about her and why she led her life the way she did.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No surprise - it was as expected.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marisa Calin?

    Possibly. I found the narration interesting in that she brought vocal changes to the characters that made them unique to the ear.


    Could you see The Witch's Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a short mini series but they'd have to really flesh out some more detail. I did not identify the characters with any particular actors.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a bad read/listen, just not nearly as good as some that I've enjoyed lately. I wasn't driven to finish this story, just hate to leave one unread.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 11-13-14
    Michelle 11-13-14 Member Since 2011

    pm04

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    "Glad I stayed with it."

    I can't tell you how many times I almost gave up on this book due to it's slow dragging start. Once the author picks up gears it makes for such an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica A. Jones Atlanta, GA 10-03-14
    Jessica A. Jones Atlanta, GA 10-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Indie author. Witch. Reincarnation researcher. Civil War historian. Vintage fashion enthusiast. Liberal. Duchess of Atlanta.

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    "Mixed feelings"

    I technically give the book 3.5 stars. All of the passive voice in the narration needed to be edited. I personally feel like too much passive voice slows down the pace. The story was a bit predictable. However, the magic in it was fun and held my attention. All the loose ends were wrapped up like they should be. I didn't see the end coming, which was nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pandora Johns 09-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Waste of time"
    What disappointed you about The Witch's Daughter?

    A long description of the weather over the centuries. One paragraph of story, 2 pages of weather and misery. The main character lives for hundreds of years and never seems to learn or grow from experience. The story focusses on the worst of each time period; plague & witch burnings. Jack the Ripper, WWI trench warfare misery, nothing fun or insightful. The protagonist is whiny, dense, a little stupid and absolutely no fun at all. She doesn't have a good day in 300 years.


    What three words best describe Marisa Calin’s performance?

    annoying


    What character would you cut from The Witch's Daughter?

    All?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-01-14
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "magic, fantasy, witches and excitement"

    while this book may have been slightly predictable, i found it to be just what i was looking for right now. it was an easy read, full of fun and magic and my favorite supernatural, witches. it had the perfect mix of romance (if you can call it romance), magic and story. and it didn't take itself too seriously or drone on for too long. it was the perfect length novel with the perfect amount of drama and buildup.

    bess was a great narrator, i loved the intertwining of her past and present story. the historic fiction element that was brought into the story in her unveiling her long life was smart...kept me interested in both her modern day story and her past.

    would definitely read another witch tale from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Szatkowski 04-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Little Underwhelming"
    What did you like best about The Witch's Daughter? What did you like least?

    The narrator was great but the story felt meandering and lacked focus. I didn't feel compelled by any of the characters.


    What could Paula Brackston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The ending totally fell flat. I felt like she could have done more with the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Marisa Calin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the only one I've heard.


    Do you think The Witch's Daughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure I liked the characters enough to read another.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katharine Decker San Jose, CA 11-19-13
    Katharine Decker San Jose, CA 11-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Photo maven

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    "Not impressed."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm about 1/2 way through this story right now. It sounded great when I read about it, but listening to it is pretty boring; it's at the very least a slow start. I'm hoping it picks up, otherwise I would really like to find out how to return it. :/


    Has The Witch's Daughter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love this genre, but this story didn't live up to my expectations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zeny Woodstock, GA, United States 09-19-13
    Zeny Woodstock, GA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2007

    Read A Book

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    "Gave Up Half Way Through"

    The book moved slow quite a few times, but did start to pick up a bit. However, when it got into the Satanism, I lost all interest. Wish I had known that was the route it would be taking before I bought it and lost several hours listening before I gave it up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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