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Sorceress (Witch Child #2)

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The spellbinding sequel to Witch Child! "Startlingly convincing. . . . Once Agnes’s quest begins, readers will be hooked." — Booklist

It came to Agnes unbidden: a vision of Mary Newbury, a young woman driven from her Puritan settlement, accused of being a witch. It is an image of a life about to change radically, as Mary defies all accepted norms — embracing independence, l

Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 20th 2003 by Candlewick (first published 2002)
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Sorceress didn't live up to Witch Child for me. It picks up where Witch Child leaves off except the book starts with a modern day girl who has visions from Mary (Witch Child diarist). I didn't think it was very effective because I didn't care about the modern story and the modern characters were nowhere near as interesting for me as the characters during Mary's time.

I also wish the story wasn't presented as real. I like historical fiction and have no need for it to be called "true", that just f
Feb 19, 2016 Danm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I wasn't thrilled with the first 100 pages, but what a turn right on Page 101. It's like reading two different books. From Page 100 onward, I was immersed in a great adventure, and while the book as a whole wasn't as strong from beginning to end as With Child (prequel), the adventure that takes place from Page 101 to about Page 330 is incredible and far surpasses anything in Witch Child.

Furthermore, while the notes at the end likely required a lot of research, the ending would have been SO stro
My Mary and Jaybird : ) ....


"Sorceress" is the sequel to "Witch Child" and the continuation of Mary Newbury's story.

In "Sorceress" we follow Mary, who's recently been forced to flee from the Puritan settlement Beulah, and who's saved from certain death by Jaybird, a young Native American man, who we briefly got to know in "Witch Child". My absolute favourite aspect of this story was the blossoming relationship between Mary and Jaybird. It was great to see how easily Mary was accepted into the Na
Aug 09, 2010 Yolande rated it did not like it
I really loved Witch Child, but the climax of that story was supposed to be wrapped up here, in its sequel. It wasn't. At least not in the normal way of a sequel. First, it took nearly 100 pages to even get back to Mary's story, which was an incredibly frustrating wait. The story of the historian who discovers Mary's journal and the descendent that pieces the rest of the story together is interesting in theory but not so much in execution: these parts ramble on way too long while the reader is ...more
Shiralea Woodhouse
Mar 30, 2008 Shiralea Woodhouse rated it liked it
This is the continuation of "Whitch Child" as seen though one of Mary's descendants. I didn't find this book as gripping as the first, but I'm not sure why. It's quite a different story, as she makes her home with a Native American clan. It shows the huge diffence between how the Natives treated her "gifts" as opposed to the English. The story takes us into some of the wars between the Indians and settlers, and shows us the perspective of these people who were struggling to hold on to thier ...more
Olivia Lawson
I really did not understand this book until the middle and the end, but it is this girl named Mary that from the seventeenth-century who was self-professed witch,and the book was telling her story, mean while it is a girl named Agnes that was born centurys later, and Agnes read a book about Mary that asked if anyone knew her please contact the author.and Mary was dying in the forests where it was snowing, but she rescued by a man named Ephraim.on the other hand Agnes decided to investigate how ...more
Beth Bonini
Nov 21, 2012 Beth Bonini rated it liked it
This book takes up where Witch Child has left off: Mary Newbury has fled from the Puritan community of Beulah, after being accused of witchcraft and scapegoated as the cause of the "madness" affecting many of its young girls. As the book begins, Mary is lost and alone in the frozen wilderness. On the verge of death, she is discovered -- and rescued -- by Jaybird and White Eagle, two Native Americans whose stories (and fates) will be woven together with hers.

In Witch Child, author Celia Rees use
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As the latest in a long line of Mohawk women gifted with Medicine Power, college student Agnes Herne knows better than to dismiss the vision. She'd been poised at her computer, debating whether or not to respond to the plea in the afterword of the book she'd just read - the account of Mary Newbury - when the vision hit. Suddenly, she was Mary, running for her life after being accused of witchcraft in seventeenth century America.

Although Agnes kno
Feb 25, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More 2.5*, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Witch Child which I gave 3*, so it's got to be two. Which is kinda a shame, because it's not like it was a bad book or anything. It was an interesting look into the Native American way of life and all the associated ceremony and code of life. But for me, there was too much about not-Mary. Indeed, it wasn't until reading this book where it isn't all about her that I realised how much I liked her voice. The bits about her were my favourite, but all the r ...more
This is the sequel to Witch Child – the story of Mary, a young girl who is forced to leave England because her grandmother was hung for being a witch and fears that she will also be accused. Ironically, she boards a ship to America with a group of Puritans and eventually finds herself in the same predicament and must flee into the forest to keep from being killed. This is where the first story ends and second one picks up.

In this book, Mary’s story of survival is told to us through the eyes of
Jul 18, 2009 kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, ya
This book is much better than Witch Child which seems more like a preamble to this one that a separate story.
I don't understand why these two books weren't combined into one great story instead of two. This one, the story of Mary is completed and her tale is very compelling, I wanted to know what happened to her when she left the settlement.
What I didn't really care for is that it is told through the visions of a descendant of Mary's in our time. I don't really understand why the story was tol
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book follows "Witch Child". For some reason, I found the second book lacking to the first.

Agnes is a descendant of Mary. She answers an add after reading the book to anyone who may have info on the life of Mary.

Agnes returns to the reservation and has a spiritual journey where she recalls the life events of Mary.

I loved that this book depicted what life may have been like in the time of the settlers vs. Native Americans. It was heart wrenching, the suffering that happened for all involved,
Jun 05, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
The sequel to the brilliant "Witch Child" by the same author. This second book picks up the story nicely, but I found it less fulfilling. I wanted it to simply follow the main character of the first book, but instead it wove in new characters (necessitated by the change in time period, etc.). I mean, you HAVE to read it if you've read the first book...but I certainly wouldn't recommend reading it out of order.
Amanda Milburn
Sep 16, 2015 Amanda Milburn rated it it was amazing
An enchanting sequel to Witch Child.
Oct 12, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying conclusion to WITCH CHILD.

Sorceress continues the story of Mary Nuttall/Newbury, a young Englishwoman who immigrated to the “New World” in 1659. Forced from her village after her grandmother is executed for practicing witchcraft, Mary’s mother sends her to America in the hopes that she’ll be safe from persecution. Stuck in the isolated settlement of Beulah, surrounded by Puritans so intractable in their beliefs that they proved unwelcome even in Salem, Mary’s existence grows increas
Oct 20, 2016 Annika rated it really liked it
I liked how the author made the Mary's story seem authentic.
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Nov 08, 2011 Serendipity Reviews rated it it was amazing
Whilst planning for my witch themed book, I knew instantly that Sorceress should be on my list of books to read, as the first book in the series 'Witch Child' had been one of the first fictional witch books I had ever read. In fact, it has now astounded me how many are now available, considering how few paranormal books could be purchased ten to fifteen years ago in the UK.

I have to say from reading both the books in this series, I loved Sorceress the most. I couldn't put it down and I was so gl
Rebecca Radnor
The sequel to Witch Child, its places itself mostly during King Phillips War, also known as Metacom's war (essentially when the Native American tribes first realize that European settlers are an existential threat, and banded together to try to expel them from the New England Colonies in the late 1600's). The protagonist is a modern day Native American college student, studying anthropology, who has read the book about Mary (witch child) and recognizes that she might be the same white medicine ...more
Aug 31, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Who Want To Go Back In Time...
Mary Newbury was a witch. She was discovered, and had to flee from the village in which she was living, but in the process was forced to leave her diary behind. Nothing more is known other than that she escaped the village with her life. Back in our time, Alison Ellman is desperate for more information on Mary, to find out what happened to her after the events of her diary. And, just as she’s about to give up, Agnes shows up. Agnes knows of a white woman who lived with her Native American ...more
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Jul 22, 2016 Kris rated it it was ok
Shelves: witches, young-adult
There are lots of reasons why I loved the first book Witch Child (gave that book 5 stars). Sorceress did not hold a candle to the first book in many ways. I will start with what I didn't like about this book.
1. This was not just the continuation of Mary's story, as it should have been. This book flipped between Mary's story (1600's) and present day. That is very hard to pull off, then it turned only to Mary's story for quite sometime to come back to the disappointing story of the present day.
Dec 06, 2008 Violet rated it liked it
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Jan 22, 2014 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
A borítója megkapó, elhiszem, hogy egy 1600-as évekbeli puritán / boszorkány lányt látok, aki a naplót írta – ugyanakkor kicsit rémisztő érzés, mert mintha a lelkembe látna. Egyébként kicsit jobban tetszik a Farkasszem a maga hideg színeivel. Nagy különbség a két könyv között a hangvétel: a Bűbájos Mary borítója a maga barna árnyalataival a bejegyzések szívmelengető hangulatára, míg a Farkasszem kék árnyalatos borítója a felnőttesebb, hűvösebb hangvételre is figyelmeztet. (Ismétlés a Bűbájos ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Witch Child, continue the story of Mary, but this time viewed through the eyes of Agnes Herne who has powers of her own and "sees" some of the things that Mary went through. She is befriended by a university scientist who is also studying Mary's history.

She goes to visit her aunt, a medicine woman in her own right, who has some things that actually belonged to Mary. That part of the story is the central axis around which the vast majority of the novel, more things that happ
Isobel Radakovic
I had no idea what direction this book would take after the ending of Witch Child - whether it would be a sorry end for Mary, or if she would find someone, or if she ended up with Jaybird. The latter of which turned out to be the result and I really liked reading about her experience in a Native American tribe, finally being accepted into a group, and getting the chance to make a family with Jaybird. In Sorceress, we see Mary really grow up and become a woman, and because of that the tone of the ...more
Oct 14, 2016 Mel rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this story quite a bit. It is the sequel to Witch Child. It took me a little bit to get into this book (probably about 100 pages), but once I did I was glad that I stuck it out. Celia Rees has a wonderful way of writing that I enjoy quite a bit.
Aikaisempi kirja Noitalapsi lumosi minut. Tarina tuntui autenttiselta ja todella luulin, että Mary Newburyn päiväkirjamerkinnät olivat aitoja ja kirja perustui tositapahtumiin. Jälkeenpäin minulle selvisi, että kyseessä on kuitenkin täysin fiktiivinen tarina.

Noitalapsi jäi todella hermostuttavaan kohtaan. Mary pääsi vain hilkulla pakenemaan puritaanien joukosta, eikä hänen tulevaisuutensa näyttänyt lainkaan lupaavalta. Näkijä jatkaa siis tarinaa siitä, yhdistäen hiukan myös nykyaikaa ja tutustut
Nimue Brown
May 09, 2012 Nimue Brown rated it really liked it
The sequel to Witchchild would work as a standalone novel, but makes an interesting second half to the life of Mary whose diary was the essence of the first book. Witchchild finished with the voice of a modern researcher calling for any additional information to add to the diary. Sorceress picks up the tale of both researcher and the enigmatic Mary, along with the tale of her descendent.

While the first book was aimed squarely at the teen market, Sorceress is not a teenage story, it’s about grow
Oct 24, 2010 Maninee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has read witch child
definitley just as good as witch child. the story of mary takes of from where it was left behind, from the snow continued through her descendant, agnes. agnes is mary's great-great-great-great-something granddaughter, and she has the power to communicate with mary in the spirit world, with the help of her aunt agnes sstarts to finish mary's story, which quite simply, wants to be told. the spirit communication felt a bit unconvincing, but other than that the book's really really good.

the sory goe
Julie Decker
Aug 12, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was ok
Agnes is a distant descendent of Mary, the previous book's protagonist, and--like Mary--she has unusual sensitivities and occult abilities. Using these, she is able to tap into Mary's past and bring the rest of her story out for the audience. As a modern student in the United States and a woman of Native American descent, she knows there are old stories in her family about this white woman coming into their tribe in the 1600s, and she delves into the history that affected Mary as she acclimated ...more
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Celia Rees (born 1949) is an English author of children's literature, including some horror and fantasy books.

She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, dur
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