Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Return of the Witch

It's Thursday!  I am late getting my post done today.  I had errands to run today.  My mother needed a new toilet seat and faucet.  All the toilet seats are basically the same.  Plain and white!  The main feature is the slow close lid (since my bedroom is next to her bathroom, I made sure her new one had this feature).  One toilet seat actually had a night light in the lid (good for people with children or elderly).  Ready for some history? You are getting it anyway!  Rome was founded on April 21 in 653 BCE. The city was founded by orphaned Romulus and Remus.  The Seattle World's Fair opens in 1962 (with Century 21 Exposition), and Henry VIII ascends the throne in 1509 after the death of his father Henry VII.  

The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston is the sequel to The Witch’s Daughter.  Gideon Masters is free after five years.  Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith knows that he will immediately come after Teagan, apprentice Hedge Witch.  Gideon is stronger than ever thanks to some help.  Despite their fortifications, Teagan is taken.  Elizabeth will do whatever she must to get her back.  After doing some investigating, Elizabeth finds out that Gideon has taken Teagan back in time.  Elizabeth enlists the help of a Time Stepper to go back in time and rescue Teagan from the ruthless Gideon.  Will her journey be successful?

In order to understand and enjoy The Return of the Witch, you do need to return The Witch’s Daughter (otherwise you will be lost).    I have to admit that I had a very hard time reading Return of the Witch.  I found it extremely slow paced (and boring).   The writing is stilted and awkward to read (lacks a good flow).  I was never able to get into the story and enjoy it. There is a lot of detail (about items outside the cottage, the cottage, people, etc.) which bogged down the story.  Also, the book is told from alternating points of view (first Elizabeth, then Teagan, etc.).   I give The Return of the Witch 3 out of 5 stars.  This book was just not my style.  I wanted to like it (because I really like books with witches and magic in them).  Books are like people.  They are each unique and appeal to different individuals.

If you enjoy Paula Brackston's books, you can follow her on Amazon to get updates on her latest novels.  I received a complimentary copy of The Return of the Witch from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

I am off to watch DC's Legends of Tomorrow (just love that show). I hope all of you have a delightful and relaxing evening!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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