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Sorceress (Witch Child #2)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  3,961 ratings  ·  186 reviews
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 Press (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
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 c ...more
Shiralea Woodhouse
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 home ...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
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 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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Beth Bonini
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
Julie Decker
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
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
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.
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 Mar ...more
So I enjoyed Witch Child, but I think it's safe to say that I loved Sorceress so much more.

I think the main reason for this would be because Native American history and culture fascinates me. I find it so interesting to learn about, and this book was full of it. The descriptions of everything were so detailed, it was so enjoyable to read.

I also loved how everything tied together. I thought it was clever to mix the modern with the historical, and it provided a satisfactory and viable way for us
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
Finished the story; skimmed notes/appendix

This was just needlessly painful to trudge through. We're given 100 pages of Agnes, building her up as a character complete with backstory, and then she is used as nothing but a device to tell Mary's story. The tiny chapter at the end from Agnes's POV hardly serves as any kind of wrap-up, and feels tacked on for the sake of circling the two women together.

And I already stated how much I can't stand the fiction/non-fiction kind of break, with Agnes having
Three and one half stars really. This book was not as enjoyable as Witch Child, the first book. The plot tried to tie current day characters back to Mary, from the original book. Again, I relished the chapters that described Mary's first person story of her escape from the Puritan village and her life anew as a member of her new Indian tribe. The losses she encountered were heart breaking. On the other hand, Agnes' current day story of being Indian herself and having visions of Mary's life could ...more
Serendipity Reviews
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
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
Lynne weir
This book was good and I did enjoy reading it, I rarely read books based on America at this time period despite having an interest in Native Indians (the last one I read was really sad, [The last of the Mohicans] so it was really interesting reading this story on it. It was sad at parts and also really exciting and heart warming at others. The change between the two times slightly annoyed me as it was like as soon as I got into one story it would suddenly change and I'd have to try and remember ...more
Carissa Anne
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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 w ...more
Ms. LaPorte
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Sorceress is the sequel to Witch Child. It starts in modern-day Boston, with Agnes, a college student. Also part of the Mohawk Indian tribe. (I think, I don't have the book right here with me.) Agnes meets Alison, who is collecting research on what happened to Mary after she fled from the accusation of witchcraft. Agnes thinks that Mary might be one of her ancestors, someone she is connected to in a way that stretches beyond the constraints of time.

So, it was a little confusing at first, because
Oct 24, 2010 Maninee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
really? This book was so disappointing. We leave Mary on the run from her village, the last few pages of her diary finished by her friend and stored in the quilt. Then for this book we meet modern day Agnes, who I never feel any connection for, Allison, the one who is trying to find all the information on Mary she can, and the mysterious Aunt M, obsessing over artifacts and being a general powwow shaman. I mean no disrespect to any part of Native American culture, but to finish the story by usin ...more
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
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Scatty The Shadow Warrior
In this sequel to Witch Child, the writing and story is just as good. Unlike the first novel, we learn about what happened through Mary Newbury through Agnes; a new college student who has a spiritual connection with Mary. We get to see Agnes as she deals with this new information of seeing what happened to Mary throughout her lifetime. In the first book, the author portrayed it as if Allison – the woman who finds the diary pages in the quilt – had written the book and was asking for further inf ...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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