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Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could―with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.

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.

Goodreads Summary

If you have read the first book in this series, this book picks up a few years after "The Witches Daughter" ended. Although this book is a continuation, it does make enough sense and does explain things enough in the beginning to be read as a standalone story. In this book we still have the big bad Gideon as the villain. He was being held in a prison at the end of the first book and got himself to wreak havoc on the world yet again. We also have the brave and strong Elizabeth the witch playing the protector of Tegan. Although Tegan began to hone her skills as a witch, she is still young and weak in her powers compared to Gideon. 

I am a huge fan of any fantasy story, so by default I am going to gravitate towards liking this book. Putting that aside though there are many elements of this story that put it in the "pretty darn good" section of my library. The first thing that I would like to point out, is that the author really made this book a lot better than the first in the series. Not that the first book was bad at all, but this one really does a great job at continuing the story and making it shine for what its worth. It also is a lot easier to follow than the first book for those of you that have some trouble with all of the names and places in fantasy stories. Second, I completely loved reading about Tegan's journey where she seeks out the witches from all over to hone her skills in magic and become a more well rounded witch. The descriptions of the different encounters and the non stop action makes for an exciting story all throughout and a very enjoyable read. Third, besides a small part towards the middle of the story, this book is full of moving story line that flows from one thing to the next almost seamlessly. In reality, yes we should expect this out of all books but this does not always happen. It was refreshing to find that Brackston got her thoughts together nicely and weaved the words together so well in the entirety of this book. All in all, this is worth the read and won't disappoint.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris    

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