A quick bit of housekeeping: Congrats to CHERRY, who won the ARC of DD Barant’s Killing Rocks, and to SPAV, who won Mario Acevedo’s Werewolf Smackdown! I’ll be contacting you shortly.
Now, here’s the scoop on Paula Brackston’s The Witch’s Daughter, which releases in mid-January by Thomas Dunne Books…and at the close of the blog post, an ARC GIVEAWAY.
THE OFFICIAL SCOOP: 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 in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers and making her immortal. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later in present-day England, he will be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
THE AUTHOR: Welsh author Paula Brackston has an MA in Creative writing from Lancaster University and works part-time as a script reader. I believe this is her first novel (it was released in the UK as The Book of Shadows) and the first to be released in the U.S.–someone correct me if I’m wrong!
MY THOUGHTS: I love the idea behind this book, traveling with an immortal witch across centuries–from plague-riddled rural England, to Jack the Ripper-era London, to the battles lines of World War II, and then to the modern era–and Brackston did a nice job of capturing the different feel of the eras. I thought the ending was a bit overwrought, and some of the eras felt rushed. But it was a fascinating read and very, very different from the normal rash of things that crosses my TBR pile. By the way–the official promo materials calls this something of a historical romance but there is only enough romance here to fill a thimble.
THE GIVEAWAY: I’m running out of book space, so I’d like to pass my ARC of The Witch’s Daughter along to someone else! Just tell me your favorite witch–or your least favorite. Mine is Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan, although I have to admit it took me a couple of tries to get into the Hallows series. As always, one entry for comment, +1 for blog follower, +1 for Twitter follower here @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for tweet or retweet.