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Return of the Witch – Paula Brackston

This is the sequel of The Witch’s Daughter.

Title: Return of the Witch

Author: Paula Brackston

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Plot: Elizabeth, Bess, Hawksmith has returned from Summerland (heaven for witches) where she’d captured Gideon Masters. She learned that Gideon escaped. Elizabeth rushes home to start her search for him. As promised, Tegan has been caring for Elizabeth’s house. Elizabeth tells Tegan about Gideon. Together they start setting up wards against him. Tegan starts to tell Elizabeth about her travels. While Elizabeth is running errands, Gideon strikes. He kidnaps Tegan and time travels her away. Elizabeth finds a Time Stepper (a witch who can time travel), called Erasmus. He helps her find Tegan throughout their travels. First, Elizabeth must confront her past and where she first learned her witchcraft and learned of Gideon’s darkness. Second, she must determine if she’s powerful enough to stop Gideon. But what does Gideon want with Tegan? Can she find Tegan in time? Will she be strong enough to save her friend?

Rating: 4.0 – a good book about witches

Opinion: I enjoyed this sequel. Though it was a little hard to follow at times. It deals with time travel in a good way. There are rules set up for time travel. It’s consistent and there are consequences for those who do travel. Though a few more hints about Gideon’s plans would’ve been nice. There were a few parts where I thought ‘hurray they did it! Wait it’s never this easy…’ It has lots of good historical fiction, more fact based magic based in pagan magic (like all of the author’s books). I enjoy learning about this kind of magic even though I don’t really agree with it. I can understand where they’re coming from. I was surprised about the sparks of romance in it. It’s a realistic example of how a good romance develops. I highly recommend this book for those who love history and magic with some mystery.

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