I'm not usually a fantasy reader but the topic of witchcraft has interested me lately and this is the fifth I've read on the subject. It was a good story, interesting in the time travel aspect. Bess was written in a way that let you really come to know her (as the reader) and stay interested in her life and struggles.
I guess I should've known better than to start reading a book called "The Witch's Daughter". I got through about 40% and gave up, There is burning, rapine, death, humiliation.. yeah, humans at their best. I could just read the NYT instead.
Didn't love it, skimmed much of it, a bit far-fetched for my taste. Witchcraft in prior centuries is indeed a fascinating subject, I just prefer a more historic realism. One of the last witches put to death in 1660's Scotland is likely my ancestor - just because a cow dies after being touched by some woman does not make them a 'witch'.
Historical Fantasy. Elizabeth Hawksmith has spent much of her 384 years fleeing Gideon Masters, the warlock who made her immortal and taught her magic. Beginning in 1628, when Elizabeth becomes Gideon's apprentice in exchange for his protection from the local Witchfinder, the story -- related by Elizabeth to her own apprentice -- follows her numerous attempts to create an independent life for herself while evading the ruthless, possessive Gideon, who doggedly pursues her across the centuries, convinced that they are soul mates. So far, Elizabeth has succeeded in staying one step ahead, but she can't run forever. Can she? Must she? Fantasy newsletter November 2015
Couldn't put it down! Read the entire book within 24 hours! Especially loved all the time travel. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
I thought this was an interesting take on the idea of witchcraft in the dark ages. I enjoyed reading about Bess's experiences in different centuries interesting, but did get rather bored with Gideon's prattle and repeated attempts to force her to rule the world with him. The story ended rather abruptly for me and I wonder if Tegan appears in a subsequent book...
A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A very interesting story following a witch through approximately three centuries, from the 1600's to modern day England. Through her we witnessed witch prosecutions, the medical practice growth, and war."
The Witch's Daughter is part historical fiction, part contemporary adventure. With a dash of romance. I would say it tackled a large over-arcing concept well, but sacrificed some key character development in the process.
I liked Elizabeth, and each of the forays into her past was compelling (for me, the WWI exploit was the most vivid). My primary beef with the hurried characterizations is that we got a chunk of it from when she was young, but then the rest of the time we only see her as a benign force for good who is not nearly as paranoid as she ought to be.
That, and the fact that she's a unreliable narrator (do we actually see Gideon do harmful or evil things? No. Do we see Elizabeth never ever use magic for anything other than healing and escape? No. Both of these make me suspect our narrator isn't telling the whole truth.)
Characterization aside, as an adventure it sings along quite nicely. And it has some nice truths peppered into the fantastical elements of witchcraft. Told, in some parts, very viscerally, but a relatively quick read, I recommend it for fans of adventure with a dash of history, romance with a dash of danger, magic and witches (the non-Hollywood, crunchy Earth Mother sort), and fans of light chick lit.
couldn't get into this one
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