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A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

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List Price: £8.99

 

Paperback: 528 Pages.

Published: 03 May 2018 by Orbit

ISBN: 0356511561

EAN: 9780356511566

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden.

But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever - not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.

Reviews

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Interesting Slow Burner

This is the story of a family line of 5 women. Five women who just so happen to be witches. We begin in 1821 in France when the family are forced to flee from witchunters in France. The story continues through the generations to the end of the 1940s in England.

I very much enjoyed this book. It started with suspense and action with the family fleeing the witchunters in France. However, after that the book is very much a slow burner. This didn't bother me as I found it interesting and the story kept my attention well.

The main characters were well constructed as were some of the supporting cast. They were interesting and strong women. I did get cross, however, that the main use of the woman's magic seemed to be to snare a man! I know times were different in the nineteeth and early twentieth century but it would have been good to see the women seeking for more from life than a man! Surely there were more useful spells in the grimoire than just love potions?

The last witch whose story we follow, Veronica, did use her magic for more than just love (though that did come into it). In fact she uses it in the war effort. I won't say how as I don't want to spoil it for the reader.

I felt the book was well structured with good description and detail. The women were strong if a little too focussed on love!

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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