A Secret History of Witches

A Secret History of Witches

by Louisa Morgan


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A sweeping historical saga that traces five generations of fiercely powerful mothers and daughters — witches whose magical inheritance is both a dangerous threat and an extraordinary gift.

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mère 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.

"I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic.... Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time." — Laure Eve, author of The Graces

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316508582
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 36,103
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Louisa Morgan is a pseudonym for award-winning author Louise Marley. She lives in the Pacific Northwest where she and her Border Terrier, Oscar, ramble the beaches and paths of Washington State.

Customer Reviews

A Secret History of Witches 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. The relationship between mothers and daughters was amazing. It makes me think what I would do if I had the power. I would like to think I would use it for love. The author did an amazing job in developing the characters. She changed the whole meaning of witches for me. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A interesting tale of a young witch coming into her power. The perspective is from the Romani heritage which I have never read about. I enjoyed getting into the mind of the main character and her descriptions were eloquent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tale spanning generations, revealing the complex relationships between mothers and daughters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had trouble putting this book down. I wish there was a follow-up so much. I'm not ready to leave this amazing story yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most captivating books that i have read...definitely recommend the book and author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, the portrayal of the maternal bonds and tradition is beautiful, the story telling mesmerizing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down.
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livinginlavender More than 1 year ago
Here's the thing you NEED to know about this book before you start reading it or consider purchasing it: it is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an "action-based" book. It is not an absurd fairytale with powerful crones wielding giant magical balls of fire over their heads in their attempt to defeat some greater evil force to be reckoned with. In this book you will find no vampires, no werewolves, no storybook monsters. In this book, the monsters are human beings giving into their human nature and pushing back, violently, against what they don't understand. This story is about history. It is about prejudice. It is about hatred and fear and power that comes from within. It is about family, friends, lovers, children. It is about jealousy and longing. It is about selfishness and redemption. It is about relationships. It is about tradition. It is about instinct and intuition and learning to trust yourself. This book is about generations of women of the same line making the same mistakes their ancestors did, learning from the mistakes of their ancestors, making their own mistakes, and overall proving deeply and fully that they are fallible human beings. In short, this book is captivating. It is entirely enthralling. You will love the women of this book. You will loathe the women of this book. You will reach the end of each woman's story and want about 100,000 more pages. You will reach the end of the book in its entirety and feel the inexplicable urge to tell everyone you know: "You absolutely HAVE to read this book!" So, here is me telling you: You absolutely HAVE to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was riveting . I enjoyed it more than anything I've read in a long time .
Mary Gorremans 6 months ago
Such an enthralling story !! I wasn't sure that I would like this book, but after a few pages I definitely found it intriguing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cool and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was good but I think it would have been better to develop each character's storyline more and extend the book into a trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once the stories started, I couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the way it was written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow but steady
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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 stars. 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)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
‘The Secret History of Witches’ by Louisa Morgan tells the multi-generational stories of the Orchieres’ witches, their lives, loves and the how witches were hunted over more than 100 years. Under normal circumstances, I don’t read books where there are different narrators – it is not a technique that I like. I have a difficult time telling unreliable narrators apart and determine the objectivity of the rest of the novel. In this case, the different narrator tells the stories of an Orchieres witch in a linear timeline but they also provide a unique perspective of each woman. The author did a nice job of imbibing the historical aspect of each era with how much each believes or doesn’t believe. I enjoyed the change of pace with the each section of the story. It starts with a family farm where each member needs to contribute in order to survive and how the death of each person causes another family member to assume their role/work – even if it isn’t to their liking. At the end of the story (in the late 1940 after WWII ended), you realize how different the world was – not only seeing 2 world wars but also how different the family structure was. Farms were not a central point and families existed in a very different aspect from the previous generations. These historical shifts helped to outline how each witch saw her ‘gift’ and how they ultimately chose to use it. There are many novels of witches, especially generational witches, but ‘The Secret History of Witches’ put a nice spin on the genre. The historical aspect and research is what puts this novel in a different category – each character seemed to behave exactly as they should not a historical character with modern day sensibilities. There were a few sections of the novel where the story went on a little long or seemed to end quickly but on an overall basis, I would recommend this book without reservations. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
This book is about the line of Orchiere women.... all witches, with the craft being passed from mother to daughter. Each chapter is about the next one in line, about them finding out they are witches, as they learn the craft, and the dangers of using the craft. The stories are mesmerizing and will leave you wanting more. This is definitely a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It dragged on in some places but overall good story! Id read it again!