The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston


5 Critic Reviews

History, time travel and fantasy combine in a solidly readable entertainment.


My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four 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. Readers 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.


About Paula Brackston

See more books from this Author
PAULA BRACKSTON has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK. In 2007 she was shortlisted in the Creme de la Crime Search for new writers. She lives in Wales with her family.
Published January 18, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 411 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Feb 10 2013
Weeks as Bestseller
Bookmark Counts:
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Witch's Daughter
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1


on Oct 12 2010

History, time travel and fantasy combine in a solidly readable entertainment.

Read Full Review of The Witch's Daughter | See more reviews from Kirkus


Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Feb 12 2011

The combination of stories from the past and the present meld nicely, and the author adds some clever twists...

Read Full Review of The Witch's Daughter


Above average
Reviewed by David Maine on May 30 2012

...there are fairies and warlocks and dark forces aplenty at work in these pages. The juxtaposition of these elements with more mundane ones makes an diverting story, but not quite a riveting one.

Read Full Review of The Witch's Daughter

Portland Book Review

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern on Mar 04 2011

...this is an engaging, well-written novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and fantasy alike.

Read Full Review of The Witch's Daughter

Marie Claire

Reviewed by Kelci Shipley on Jan 12 2011

...the skill with which Brackston weaves her characters through time makes this book a fascinating take on global history.

Read Full Review of The Witch's Daughter

Reader Rating for The Witch's Daughter

An aggregated and normalized score based on 1389 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

User Review

Joanna Fourtounas 24 Apr 2013

Rated the book as 5 out of 5

Joanna Fourtounas

Joanna Fourtounas 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list