Review: The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston

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What it’s about:

The Witch’s Daughter sequel ,The Return of the Witch, is another bewitching tale of love and magic.

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 travelled 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 nemisis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

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The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston is delicious blend of paranormal and historical fiction. The Return of the Witch is set up well enough, but it had been so long since my read of The Witch’s Daughter that I did need to read a synopsis of the book to refresh my memory. The Return of the Witch definitely cannot be read and fully appreciated as a standalone book.

The main characters Elizabeth, Tegan, and Gideon were introduced in The Witch’s Daughter. In this sequel, we learn of Tegan’s vast travels and studies. She has traveled the world learning her craft from shamans witches. She has become quite powerful and knowledgeable, but she needs more time to practice and perfect her skills. Erasmus Balmoral is a delightful new character. He is a charming time stepper who assists Elizabeth in traveling through time to find Tegan and put an end to Gideon once and for all.

Brackston’s writing is artistic and enchanting. She has created endearing characters and an enchanting plot. I love Brackston’s style, evocative descriptions, and how she made me feel strongly for each character. While the middle of the book can feel a tad slow in pace, it emphasizes the cat-an-mouse game Gideon is playing. It also serves to highlight how much he has studied and knows Elizabeth. I think a little more plot-tension or “reveals to the reader” in the middle of the book, instead of having to wait until the end to learn all of Gideon’s intentions, would have perfected the story.

Brackston has blended witchcraft, mystery and suspense with a pinch of romance to create an intriguing story that takes readers on an eventful trek through time.

A great read for fans of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy series.

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About the author: Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book ‘Nutters’ (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.

Paula lives in Wales with her partner and their two children

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