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The Midnight Witch

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"The dead are seldom silent. All that is required for them to be heard is that someone be willing to listen. I have been listening to the dead all my life."

Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

When her father dies, her hapless brother
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Mar 30, 2014 Jenna rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-review, arc, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin Press for the advanced copy

In short: Lilith is a young witch who has been thrust into leadership over the Lazarus Coven after her father dies. Almost immediately she is challenged by the dark side who have come to reclaim their elixir and gain their power back. In the midst of adapting to her new position and fighting off the demon spirits, she falls in love with a mortal man (she is already engaged to a fellow witch).

Okay...I started off really liking this boo
Dec 27, 2015 Magdalena rated it did not like it
Lilith takes over as Head Witch for the Lazarus coven after her father's death. The coven is threatened by the Sentinels, a group of sorcerers who want the from the Lazarus coven the Elixir that can bring people back to life. Lilith also meet Bram a painter whom she falls in love with even though she is engaged to another witch.

For me, this book didn't work. The witch part was ok, in the beginning, but the love affair destroyed for me any chance of enjoying the book. It was so boring, so predict
Mar 27, 2014 Kathylill rated it did not like it
Not sure if I'll ever write a full review for this as I did not finish it.

First reason: the writing.
It's like trying to walk through thick molasses. Especially in the beginning everything is described so fucking detailed I was honestly bored out of my mind. Then the author switches between past and present tense, first and third person narration and different point of views which renders the book into one gigantic annoying read. It's as if neither author nor editor have proof read it. The use o
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Paula Brackston’s Witch series is actually a series of standalones, with each book set in a different time period, but united by a common theme: a young witch struggling to find her place. After 17th century England and 19th century Wales, Brackston now takes us to visit the high society of Edwardian England.

At the center of the story is Lilith, a Duke’s daughter and a powerful witch. Lilith’s father just died, and while her brother inherited the title, Lilith inherited something much more impo
Feb 13, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
*Won via Goodreads First Reads contest

I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I've read Brackston's first two works, The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch, and while I wasn't a huge fan of the former, I thought the latter showed great improvement in writing and storybuilding. I thought that her third book likely follow the same pattern and be even better, but unfortunately it seems to suffer from a lot the issues that plagued the other two.

Essentially, the problem is that Br
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. This not being a published copy, a few things may change in the final version of the novel.]

I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story at first, as the style felt a little too convoluted at times, and the whole present tense + 1st/3rd person POV shifts weren't needed in my opinion.

Contrary to what usually happens with such stories, I ended up liking the romance part better than the witches one. It wasn't particularly
I didn't manage to finish The Midnight Witch, I was too disappointed with Lilith to continue reading the last half of the book. It was such a shame that Lilith's character was such a mess (reading other reviews I know I am far from the only one who has issues with her character). And it find it an epic shame that Lilith's character ruined the book for me because I really wanted to like this book! On a positive note the Lilith's character might be a mess but the actual literature isn't bad... 2 s ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Briana rated it it was ok
This book was flawed.

Brackston has a habit of depicting time in a strange fashion. In this book, in particular, it is noticeable. On one page it has been months since Lilith has seen someone of note and, all of a sudden, it is Christmas. On the next page, Spring has come at last without the reader being privy to events of the previous months. It is jarring and makes the narrative, at times, difficult to follow.

The repetition of facts and processes of the coven and sentinels is tedious. Telling m
I wanted to read this as I’ve had Brackston’s previous novels as audiobooks. I quite enjoyed The Witch’s Daughter, but was less enamoured by The Winter Witch. However, when I’m in the mood I like my witchcraft/ magical themed stories and so wanted to give the author another go.

Lady Lilith becomes Head Witch of the Lazarus Covern on the death of her father. Not only is she stunningly beautiful, rich and engaged to an equally gorgeous and talented son of an earl, she’s a powerful neocromancer. Rom
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 29, 2014 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Downton Abbey by way of Anne Rice, THE MIDNIGHT WITCH is a touching period romance, set against a backdrop of a dying class system and a secret magical war over the ability to raise the dead. Though the exact purpose of the Lazarus Coven and their sorcerer rivals, the Sentinels, is vague, Brackston does an excellent job of painting Lilith Montgomery’s classic struggle between her duty to her craft and her heart.

Dense language coupled with present tense
Apr 03, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston is her third book on witches, however, this is not a series. A young witch struggling to find her power/place does seem to be the common theme in the various books. The Midnight Witch takes place in the early 20th century (1913-1919). Unlike the previous books, the main characters occupy a higher socio-economic status.

Lilith Montgomery assumes the role of head witch of the Lazarus Coven after the death of her father. She takes on the leadership even though
Jul 14, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
I loved The Midnight Witch By, Paula Brackston. Taking place in London during the Edwardian era, The Midnight Witch begins with a funeral. The death of Lilith's father brings about a major change in her life, not just the loss of her father, but new responsibilities, one of them being becoming the new head of the Lazarus coven. Lilith tested and challenged throughout this tale with the; taking care of her troublesome brother, placating her mother, keeping a relic out of the hands of a nefarious ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
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This new novel by Paula Brackston is a continuation of her series about witches, including The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch. These works can all be read as standalone novels, but this new installment is sure to please those that are established fans of Brackston’s Witch series. The Midnight Witch, like Brackston’s other books, is about a young girl on the verge of womanhood struggling to find her place in t
Jun 21, 2015 Lynne rated it it was ok
I will admit right up front that I didn't finish this book. I quit about 140 pages in, and I don't intend to finish it. I bought this book because it was on a list of books recommended for people who liked "Outlander" but whoever wrote that list was asleep at the wheel; there are absolutely no similarities.

I'm not a fan of formulaic romance novels, which this one is. It's the story of two people who are inexplicably attracted to each other even though they know the love is oh so wrong and can ne
Brian Palmer
Mar 01, 2015 Brian Palmer rated it it was ok
Immediately prior to World War I, a young duke's daughter inherits her father's position as leader of a witch's coven (although not his noble title, as that is passed to her brother). Entrusted with heavy responsibilities, she must mourn her father, listen to omens of war, and deal with politicking both within the coven and without, in old magical rivalries -- and if that weren't enough, she's affianced to a fellow aristocrat and coven member, but her love is stirred by a poor artist in the city ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Heidi rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars: A book with a lot of promise but fell flat with an unbelievable romance.

Lilith stands quietly at the side of her father's grave. Her heart heavy knowing that her father is gone, but she knows she will see him again. She worries not only about her mother, but also her brother who stands to inherit his father's title of duke. Freddie is frail and has developed an opium habit. Lilith's largest fear is that she will secretly inherit her father's biggest legacy. She will become
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars "The Midnight Witch" is the story of Lilith. She is just really coming into her own with her powers when she inherits the leadership position of her coven. She is not really sure what to do with this new found power and has a lot to contend with in order to make sure that the coven continues the way that it is supposed to. Add to that she falls in love with someone that is not from her world and does not really understand where she is coming from and you have an interesting tale that k ...more
Holly Gipson
Mar 30, 2014 Holly Gipson rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, but it ended up just being a "meh" book for me. I felt like not much really happened--one of the main "conflicts" was the "bad guys" (Sentinels) trying to steal the Elixir and The Great Secret (which, IMHO, was a great DISAPPOINTMENT) from the "good guys" (The Lazarus coven)--but it took 6 YEARS for them to truly get close to doing so! Years went by without them doing anything to try and meet their goal. I also felt like a lot of things were left up in the air at the end-- ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
I started out enjoying this book. There were a few things right away that I overlooked in order to enjoy the story but they started out as small inconsistencies. It was half way through that I could visualize the stars falling off my review. By the last 100 pages or so I really had to push myself to finish this book at all.

What this book suffered from most of all inconsistency. I felt as if the author created many different plot lines and instead of expertly weaving them altogether, she randoml
Apr 02, 2014 Ionia rated it liked it
A difficult one to call. There were parts of this book where I thought the writing was above average and simply beautiful. Then there were other parts where I thought the author went into way too much detail and said things in a few pages that she could have said in only a few sentences.

This is a case where I never really felt close to the main character. I didn't dislike her in particular, I just never got to the point where I felt much for her. She was conflicted and confusing at times and af
Jessica Quadrel
Feb 17, 2014 Jessica Quadrel rated it it was amazing
I received this in a Good Reads giveaway. In anticipation, I ordered Brackston’s other two books about witches, “The Witch’s Daughter” and “The Winter Witch,” thinking that I had to read them in order. Don’t worry, this is not the case; each book is completely separate. I am still so happy I bought them though; I fell in love with the way in which Brackston tells her stories. She really does a good job of describing the characters, moods, and settings. "The Midnight Witch" tells a story from thr ...more
Julie Arnold
Jul 20, 2014 Julie Arnold rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
What melodramatic bull$#@%. 'Darling!' this and 'darling' that. But that's in the middle.

Most of this book feels contrived, and I'm beginning to think modern, non-genre fiction authors have serious issues understanding what believable supernatural characters sound like (Harkness from Discovery of Witches fame comes to mind). Every other god damned sentence is BY THE WAY DID YOU KNOW I'M A WITCH? Really cuts down on the suspension of disbelief when the protagonist constantly tries to remind the
Debby Dimeglio
Feb 01, 2014 Debby Dimeglio rated it liked it
this is a goodreads win book. I was hoping for a more meaty story. It is a good verses bad story. I liked the main character (the witch) and routed for her all the way. I'm also disappointed in the villan of the book. He wasn't that interesting to me. The story as a whole is good but not great. It could of been a better book with more info of the coven. The romance was nice and worked out the way you would think no surprises. It was a good book but could have been better.
Nov 04, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Brackston's writing style isn't bad really. She writes very descriptively, which I like. It was the story line and the dialogue that I just couldn't get into. Way too corny. I ended up just skimming through the last 50 pages or so. Didn't want to waste anymore time on it.
Jul 29, 2014 Lindsay rated it liked it
I love Paula Brackston. I have hungrily read all f her books and have already pre ordered her next book. I enjoyed this book, however it took me quite a while to finish it. I loved the way it started but the more the story went on the less interest I had in it. I really wanted to love this book but only really liked it. Sadly it wasnt my favorite. The story as always was very well written, you will never find mistakes in Brackstons writing. I just didnt fall in love with the characters. They are ...more
Imogen Brand
I really wanted to continue reading The Midnight Witch as I am eager to find a new fantasy author to invest in but the level of detail Paula Brackston has written in as a new reader I have found to this be quite overwhelming and at times a little frustrating at times especially as my interest peaked at chapter elven half way through Lilith's story. The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston I would rate five out ten as there is something quite intriguing about the plot which interests me to continue ...more
Tenae Stewart
Jan 09, 2016 Tenae Stewart rated it liked it
I have to be honest, I was really disappointed in this book. It should have been literally everything I could have ever wanted. After all, it’s set in my favorite city, (London), during one of my favorite periods, (World War I), and involves both artists and witches. On the surface, that sounds like my perfect book. (And it has such a pretty cover. Shallow as it may be, I will forgive a lot for a pretty cover.)

But alas, The Midnight Witch just has so. many. problems. Although the content is pret
Dec 27, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
Lilith’s father, the Duke of Radnor, has just died, and she is to take his place as the head witch of the Lazarus coven. Although fluent in the art of necromancy, she is young for such a huge responsibility. In addition, some unknown distracting spirit keeps coming to her unbidden, confronting her with her inadequacies. Even at her own inauguration, a member of her own coven challenges her. She cannot believe that there is unrest within her own coven. To make matters worse, although she is betro ...more
Samantha Pollard
Mar 31, 2015 Samantha Pollard rated it it was ok
2 stars, simply because I finished it. Only a book so awful I can't get through it gets one star. I listen to most of the book and thought the accent of the reader was dreadful, which didn't help my opinion of the book.

The Midnight Witch is told from the perspective of three different characters, Lilith (the heroine), Bram (the artist), and Nicholas Strickland (the bad guy). This was alarming to me at first because I was listening to it as an audio book and there was no way to tell when the char
Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the c
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Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Da
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