Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Happy Saturday!  Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper will be published on November 1.  It is the first book in A Southern Eclectic Novel series.  I have added it to my "wish list" on Amazon.  

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan is a historical novel that starts in 1838 at Orchard Farm.  The Orchierres families magic seemed to wither with the death of Grandmere Ursule.  Her descendants keep following the practices she established that have been handed down from mother to daughter.  They have Ursule’s magic crystal and grimoire.  Some of them can do simple spells, simples and charms.  Nanette, Ursule’s granddaughter, is the first one to blossom with real power.  Magic, though, always comes at a price.  Follow the magic through the generations to see what happens to the Orchierres line of witches.

A Secret History of Witches was a slow-paced novel that I found lacking in magic.  The story had potential, but it was never achieved.  Each generation seemed to make the same mistake (it seemed like the same story repeated over for each generation—the author just changed the clothes or words to fit the time period).  I thought it would be a story about strong, female witches (instead we have women that grow up, get pregnant, pass on family history and repeat for the next generation).  Unfortunately, the only strong person was Gradmere Ursule (and she was dead).  The woman and men were stuck in their gender roles and they were conventional.  The magic elements were uninspiring.  For a book about witches and magic, it was deficient.  The characters lacked development (they were flat).  Some sections were more complete than others.  I was disappointed in the ending (it was unsatisfying and felt unfinished).  I did not understand why the author did not bring the book into modern times and bring the witches full circle.  She could have shown them back in full power in modern times.  The book needed some oomph.   My rating for A Secret History of Witches is 2 out of 5 pumpkins.  There is some good writing and the author did her research for the historical periods featured.  My favorite section the World War II with Veronica Selwyn.  If you are looking for a magical novel, check out Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy (vampires too)!

I appreciate you reading my latest review.  I will be sharing my evaluation of Yuletide Homicide by Jennifer David Hesse next time.  I hope that you have a very special and happy day!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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