The Witch's Daughter

The Witch's Daughter

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By (author) Paula Brackston

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 33mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 125000408X
  • ISBN 13: 9781250004086
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 82,965

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THE "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLERAn enthralling tale of modern witch Bess Hawksmith, a fiercely independent woman desperate to escape her cursed history who must confront the evil which has haunted her for centuries"My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches. A tale of magic and love and loss. A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be. Let me tell you what it means to be a witch. "In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life. In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan and begins teaching her the ways of the Hedge Witch. But will she be able to stand against Gideon--who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul--in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?Praise for "The Witch's Daughter" "Brackston's first novel offers well-crafted characters in an absorbing plot and an altogether delicious blend of historical fiction and fantasy." --"Booklist ""This pleasantly romantic historical fantasy debut flips lightly between the past experiences of ageless witch Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith and her present-day life in Matravers, England... Bess's adventures are fascinating." --"Publishers Weekly"

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PAULA BRACKSTON was selected as one of the BBC's New Welsh Writers in 2010. She lives in Wales with her family, where she is working on her new novel.

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"Lushly written with a fascinating premise and an enthralling heroine, "The Witch's Daughter" will linger long in memory after the last page has been savored. Highly recommended." --Sara Poole, author of "The Borgia Betrayal""A beautifully written, brilliantly crafted page-turner that completely invests you in the lives and loves of the witch's daughter. A true reading event." --Melissa Senate, author of "The Love Goddess' Cooking School" "A lyrical and spell-binding time travel fantasy featuring an immortal witch who must summon all her powers to defeat the evil hounding her through the centuries." -Mary Sharratt, author of "Daughters of the Witching Hill" "Brackston's first novel offers well-crafted characters in an absorbing plot and an altogether delicious blend of historical fiction and fantasy." --"Booklist ""This pleasantly romantic historical fantasy debut flips lightly between the past experiences of ageless witch Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith and her present-day life inn