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The Midnight Witch

(Shadow Chronicles)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  4,209 ratings  ·  472 reviews
"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 14, 2014 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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2014
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
Joey Woolfardis
Jul 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
From almost the first page, you can see where this story is going. The narrator is fairly flat and tells the story through some very inane questions to herself. "Will this happen?" "Can I do it?" "How will I ever overcome this?" This is very bad storytelling and only makes the narrator-and protagonist-seem dull and unresponsive to anything happening around her.

The plot is fairly run-of-the-mill and nothing that happened was a surprise. There was too much cliché, too much of what you usually get
Feb 28, 2014 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
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
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
*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
Carol Storm
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that you absolutely hated -- but at the same time you adored reading it and you couldn't put it down? That's exactly what this YA friendly tale of witchcraft among the English upper classes during World War One was like for me. There were so many ingredients that I savored, and couldn't get enough of -- yet the flavor of the whole thing was a big, silly mess. I'm rating the book five stars, simply because I enjoyed it so much. But to be accurate about my impressions I ...more
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 ...more
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.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The actual writing in this book was beautiful. It was eloquent and well thought out, but I just couldn’t get into the storyline. I liked the idea of the coven and the sentinels, but the way the story jumped around time-wise was a bit annoying. The romance was a bit of an insta-love situation with no real heat to it, and I found myself skimming over it at points. I also felt like the story dragged on quite a bit, and I had to put the book down at times because I was bored. Overall, a ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston is another in the line of novels by Brackston that centers on the lives of witches and their survival in a world that does not accept them. I first read the The Witch's Daughter and found that novel well told and intriguing. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for this one.

"...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..."

The Duke of Radnor is dead
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 08, 2014 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
Alexandra Farrington
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I had to abandon this book before I finished the second chapter. I wanted to like it because, from the summary, the story itself sounded fantastic! However, by page 2 I was already annoyed with how the author portrayed the protagonists inner dialogue. “Is this my destiny?” “Will I ever find true love?” “Is there a limit to how many cliche questions I can ask myself per paragraph?” It was like reading fan fiction written by a pre-teen to me rather than a natural flow of thoughts. My biggest point ...more
Jun 21, 2015 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
Amy Maddess
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
This is like ‘The Addams Family’ meets ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ (w/ Jennifer Love Hewitt) meets ‘The Night Circus’ with some ‘Harry Potter’ mixed in. I’m in love, so in love.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 30, 2014 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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I can't wait to get my hands on the other books by this author. Great story for people who are fans of magic and suspense.
Apr 03, 2014 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
Mar 01, 2014 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
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
My full review is posted with Avid Reviews:

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
The Lit Bitch
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a fun read. I recently read Paula Brackston’s novel The Winter Witch which I absolutely loved so I was eager to read more works by her.

This novel lacked a little of the romance that The Winter Witch had for me. I liked the idea of lovers from different social circles and I hoped that it would have been a stronger, electric romance.

For me it took a little too long for Bram and Lilith to come together and I wasn’t entirely convinced about their romance. It seemed like they met, hung
Mar 11, 2014 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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
So very disappointing, I lost track of the number of times that I day dreamed about strangling Lilith, & Bram was barely any better... The concept and time period were so epic though, if only the main characters hadn't muddled it all up.
Jennifer Koudelka
Disappointed in this book. The beginning grabbed me so much but as the book continued on it just less and less exciting. Lilith wasn't as interesting or compelling of a character as I was hoping. She's attempting to prove herself as new head of the Lazarus Coven of Necromancers but I honestly spent most of the book thinking that no, she really shouldn't be the head. She's making horrifically bad decisions. If those decisions and her growth were the point of the book, showing her failures and her ...more
Jay Collins
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, not sure about this one, could not really get into it and found it a little slow. It was not all bad but I was not enjoying it. As with all books others have liked it and it is well written just was not for me at this time. I think it has to do with the MC, I like strong female characters but this one has to many issues and is to all over the place to make her seam strong to anyone. So it is some what the main story but I think the MC was the biggest problem for me.
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It took a bit to get used to the narrator’s voice, but this was an enjoyable read/listen. I liked the time period, the involvement of WWI, and the majority of the characters. I did think the ending was abrupt, however.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

3 1/2 Stars

Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch transports us to 1913 London, to a country on the brink of war, and a young woman grieving for the loss of her beloved father. However, the death of her father is not all that Lilith has to contend with. She must prepare herself to become the new Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven, to take over the title that her father held until his untimely death. When she begins the ceremony that will cement her new place as
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about magic, witchcraft, love, friendship, family, danger, secrets and the will to succeed.
Lady Lilith Montgomery is the daughter of a Duke and the heir to her Father’s role as head of the Lazarus Coven. She faces many challenges as a witch and within her private life. Struggling with the conflict of keeping secrets from people she loves.
A great book and must read for lovers of all things magical and witchcraft.
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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

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