“The Witch's Daughter chronicles the life of Elizabeth (Bess) Hawksmith as she goes from innocent country girl to witch. Bess watcher her mother hang after she's accused of witchcraft and Bess knows it's only a matter of time before she is, as well.
Bess knows the only person who can save her is the Warlock Gideon Masters. In his secluded forest cottage, Gideon instructs Bess in the dark arts and awakening powers she didn't think she had. Once she realizes what she's done, she runs from him and she's been running from him for 384 years.
This was a fun witch read...but it wasn't the best. Brackston didn't write with as much charisma as I thought a book of this nature should have been written. It was kinda of cut and dry and it's definitely not for everyone.
There's not too much of the magic/fantasy element in this book. Mostly, it surrounds Bess and how she gets by during different time periods all while trying to use her talents for good and running from Gideon at the same time.
Should you read it? Only if you LOVE LOVE LOVE witch stories.”
“Well written, clever premise, engaging characters and great supernatural effects. I loved the ending, which leaves a door open for more about Bess. ”Helen F wrote this review Sunday, December 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eeeenh. Good bits in there and it wasn't a painful read, but at the end it simply felt convenient that there wasn't more to read.”Sonja P wrote this review Tuesday, October 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a fantastic story! If you are at all intrigued by witchcraft, the story of Bess and her 300 years will fascinate you!”Rebecca B wrote this review Monday, September 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good story line and I liked the characters. Loved the time span of 300 years or so.”Mer wrote this review Sunday, September 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very well done in a diary style. Heavy emphasis on ethical magical behavior”Celtic_Witch wrote this review Saturday, September 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book will be remembered as one of the best books I read in 2011!!! I absolutely loved it and was riveted from start to finish. The story is fascinating, the characters are compelling, the suspense is well-crafted. This was an exciting, thrilling, highly entertaining read!”Jill wrote this review Monday, September 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brackston obviously wanted to humanize and defend Wicca, removing from it the stigma of devil worship and dark magic. Her heroine, Elizabeth, is given over to a warlock’s care and is taught what he knows, but she rejects that darkness and escapes, preferring to live anonymously for eternity as a healer, in that job’s various guises. She sees surgery in the 1800s, WWI, and ends up in a small English town selling herbs at a local market. She meets a young woman who is desperate for someone to admire and look up to. Elizabeth begins to teach her magic, and it is only through that passing-on of knowledge, and creation of another white witch, that she is able to achieve defeat of the evil warlock from her past and move on to death. A very good story, very well told, and very human.”Alethea wrote this review Sunday, September 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No