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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

Rating: 4 out of 5
The Witch's Daughter

The Witch's DaughterSummary: Bess grew up during a much older time. She watched her mother keep herbs and heal others and assist women in child birth. Then, the plague strikes their town and her brother falls ill, then her father and younger sister. Before she knows it, Bess and her mother Anne are left alone, and then, Bess falls sick. She is sure she is dying until one day, she wakes up, cured and spared of any signs of the plague, even though others in her village have passed on. This does not sit well with the towns folk, Anne, her mother is accused of being a witch, and she is executed for her crimes. Before she dies, Bess is sent to a mysterious loner in the woods by her mother. She urges her to learn, to protect herself and most of all live. Bess learns what it means to be a witch, and she takes the oath, just before she is to be killed herself. What follows is the tale of an immortal, gifted woman, on the run from someone who wishes to have her soul forever.

My Thoughts: At first, I was a tad put off by this book because it is told in two different ways. Through journal entries of Bess' current life, and then through back stories of her old lives. The journal entries are sometimes very short and straight to the point which doesn't leave much to the imagination. However, as the story progresses, it is much easier to get into the lives of Bess. I found it very easy to get extremely frustrated about a lot of things that happened to Bess. I so badly wanted her free of her eternal tormentor, and was always very frustrated at each turn. This is definitely a must read in my opinion if you can deal with sometimes slow starts! Also, I admit, in the beginning it may be hard to like Bess as a character because of her attitude. She is very off putting and kind of rude, almost ready to push away any contact from others which makes me wonder why we're learning about her life at all. However, she does chip away at her exterior and does begin to open up to one main character which is where all of the stories of her other lives take place.


Cait said...

This sounds really interesting. I love books about witches/witchcraft. Thanks for the review!

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