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SUMMARY A Secret History of Witches

READ A Secret History of Witches 107 ¿ Librarian note an older cover for this edition can be found hereAn ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most conseuential historic events of the last two centuriesAfter Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe her magic seems to die with her Even so hTo save her tribe her magic seems to die with her Even so her family keeps the Old Faith practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations Until one day Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle and ma. A Secret History of Witches tells the tale of five generations of witches in a gypsy family Mothers pass the gift to their daughters They are persecuted and have to hide their powers from others Spanning the time from the early 1800s to WW2 the book is divided into five sections one for each of the five Orchiere family witches Nanette Ursule Irene Morwen and VeronicaThis book was at times a little too slow moving but there is such a strong mother daughter love through each generation that I felt that emotion was almost important than the magic The family grimoire and scrying stone speak differently to each generation as they receive their powers at pubertyAll in all I enjoyed this book At times the plot moved along a bit slowly and I felt the ending was a bit lack luster even abrupt But it didn't really hurt my enjoyment of the overall storythe characters their love for each other and how the passed down power effected them all a bit differently was enough to keep me reading What the story lacks in action it makes up for in emotion and a sense of Family passed down through generations Normally I tend to not like stories that span multiple generations because the charactertimegeneration changes can seem abrupt or some portions of the story can be left unresolved I didn't feel that way about this book except at the very end I felt this book was a nice mix of historical fiction and fantasy I would definitely read by this authorThe cover art is fantasticI voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Orbit Books via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own

Louisa Morgan Ï 7 READ

Gic flows anewFrom early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War five generations of witches fight the battles of their time deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family their heritage and ultimately all of our futures. I have mixed feelings about this book I enjoyed it and yet I found it unevenly written Though yes I KNOW it is about witches some of it went beyond my ability to suspend disbelief not because of the magic but because of the characters' actions And I found the end to be abrupt and not terribly satisfying

REVIEW ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ï Louisa Morgan

A Secret History of WitchesLibrarian note an older cover for this edition can be found hereAn ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most conseuential historic events of the last two centuriesAfter Grandmére Ursule gives her life. Set in Europe this story follows a family of witches spanning five generations and chronicles how the magic is passed down from mother to daughter and their efforts to keep their craft a secret I really did not care for this book it lacked any detail and intrigue The story of each daughter just seemed like the same story repeated over again with minor alterations of detail Girl is puzzled by secrecy of mother receives her powers at puberty fights with mother finds baby daddy bears daughter repeat The story was so bland and void of detail it almost felt like reading a textbook even the suspenseful parts with a fiery witch hunter on their trail just fizzled out to nothing My feminist soul was also cringing the entire time I recognize that during this time period women had very few rights but this family it set up right at the beginning to be a matriarchal society with the grandmother at the head whose orders are followed by all including the men Then upon her death all of a sudden we forget about all that and we resort back to sexist gender roles Our one protagonist at one point when finding she is pregnant actually thinks she was breedingwhat I was looking forward to a story full of strong women doing awesome witchy things nope They can do all sorts of crazy things at the tip of a hat yet still meekly follow the orders of the men around themwho are in full knowledge of their capabilities Found that extremely hard to accept And the sexism is not only limited to the women the men are also described as being incapable of crying or really any emotion at all get those gender stereotypes out of here We are talking about a book with witches and magic how about a little mutual respect and euality within the family The book wasn't even saved by interesting descriptions of magic for me There was no consistency with the magic system it worked sometimes and appeared to have limitless power and then didn't for no particular reason and back and forth The magical elements were just extremely unimaginative in general and didn't hold any interest Flat characters static plot and loads of sexism I'd give this read a pass For reviews and other bookish things visit my blog