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The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
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Sep 16, 2012

did not like it
Read from September 14 to 16, 2012

I usually love books with this premise but I only finished it because it was a book club pick. The story has an intriguing enough premise: a witch, hundreds of years old, meets a present day young girl and shares the story of how she became a witch and hopes to train the young girl as an apprentice. Through tales told to the young girl, we learn the tragic circumstances of her life and how she is constantly on the run from the man who made her what she has become. Each of her histories becomes repetitive and has a Twilight sense about it. There is a plague which destroys her family, she conceals her powers by becoming involved in the medical profession and, of course,a tragic love story.The writing was cumbersome and the narration was distant. The plot suffers from predictability when her relentless pursuer surfaces in each of the histories always introduced by an unsettling feeling and the song Greensleeves. The story really suffered from cliches with a Jack the Ripper story line and a WWII story line where she meets a the soldier, falls in love with him when he reveals himself to be some sort of medium and then tragically loses. The diary entries were forced and hard to read and I found the young apprentice character to be under developed and another cliche. The best part of the story for me was the first history of her childhood and the events leading to her becoming a witch. The end is predictable in that there's a showy supernatural showdown but it is disappointingly told from a new point of view.
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Heidi I totally agree with you. About to finish the book - reluctantly I hasten to add! Had a major falling out with it halfway through: the fact that the book hasn't been proof read is irritating enough but the fact that she couldn't be bothered to research her subject matter properly is unbearable (just a few instances here: lumping in Walpurgis Night with Halloween (which is on the eve of May Day, what has Satan got to do with Pagan Gods??). As heroins go she has become unlikeable and I would class her, to quote Terry Pratchett as a Wet Hen. Since I have nothing else to read at the moment I will persevere with it but I'm not holding my breath ....

message 2: by Natalie (last edited Dec 24, 2012 10:15PM) (new)

Natalie I haven't read the book...was deciding to get it and now I have decided against it. On the topic of Satan though, I'm not sure what context she wrote it in but it's a well-known theory that the Christians turned the Celtic pagan horned god into their version of Satan to convert the Celts.

Rachel Very fair review. Halfway through and i can't bear to finish.

Michelle Peter I'm having the same problem with it and i am also half through. I'm so utterly bored.

Angela I'm a quick reader so I got through this, and through the Twilight trilogy, and I actually think the Twilight books did a better job of covering the back-story of each of those characters, which with a main one that is hundreds of years old seems, well, necessary. I personally enjoyed her covering of Bess' healing arts--the garden, the herbs--than anything she had to do, in particular, with every creepy guy she bumped into. And the Greensleeves thing--man, at my book club I said out loud "seriously, what teenager would actually have Greensleeves on their phone?" So implausible, so predictable. I guarantee if I was a 400 year old witch, I would do a much better job--like maybe move a few hundred kilometres east into, oh I don't know, France!

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