The Return of the Witch: A Novel

The Return of the Witch: A Novel

by Paula Brackston


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Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could—with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250118394
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: The Witch's Daughter , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 191,029
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.13(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter, The Winter Witch, The Midnight Witch, and The Silver Witch. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK. She lives in Wales with her family.

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The Return of the Witch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting from beginning to end with a beautiful ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved both books and hope this series continues. Would love to see how their lives continue. I recommend reading both books they are a treat to the mind and a nice escape from reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel for the "Witches Daughter ". The story grabbed me quickly and did not disappoint! I found old friends and enchanting new characters!
cherylea More than 1 year ago
If you love stories about witchcraft and everything mystical, I highly recommend The Return of the Witch. In this sequel to The Witch’s Daughter, Paula Brackston brings back Elizabeth Hawksmith, Tegan and the evil Gideon for another round of spell-casting and travels into the past. New character Erasmus Balmoral, the time-stepper, is a formidable ally for Elizabeth as she pursues Gideon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from Brackston.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Well written. Ending and indeed rhe overall plot were far too cliche. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book As of all the others in the series. Looking forward to another book from this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel did not disappoint. A delightful ending with an opening to continue Tegan ' s adventures.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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. 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. I received a complimentary copy of The Return of the Witch from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Paula Brackston’s sequel to her debut The Witches Daughter is a fast-paced journey back into her extraordinary mystical magical world filled with witches, warlocks and other supernatural beings. Her two star witches were amazing and all her incredible co-stars give the read a depth that would be impossible without them. The vistas are picturesque and period perfect delivered through her articulate, eloquent narrative. The time travel element was fascinatingly unique and the explosive ending the perfect finale .The Return of the Witch stands well on its own, but to enjoy the entire story read The Witch’s Daughter too. Five years ago Elizabeth and the young witch she’d been fostering and had come to think of as her daughter, Tegan dispatched their mortal enemy, a powerful warlock named Gideon to an inescapable prison. With the threat gone Elizabeth knew it was time to leave Tegan and the mortal realm to spend eternity in The Summerlands. Now somehow Gideon has escaped and Elizabeth knows he’ll head straight for Tegan so she must go back to the wilds of Wales and protect her. Only when she arrives it’s not the same inexperienced, and insecure girl she left but a powerful witch in her own right and a formidable friend. When Gideon kidnaps Tegan and escapes with her to the past Elizabeth hopes she finds them in time to destroy him for once and all and prays that Tegan has learned enough to keep her alive until she reaches her.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
Gideon has done the unthinkable, and escaped from captivity in the Summerlands. Elizabeth is certain he will seek revenge on her by going after Tegan. So, after five years she returns to her former home determined to save Tegan from Gideon. With the more than able assistance of Erasmus Balmoral, a Time-stepper, she traverses the centuries in a desperate search for her former protege. The Return of the Witch, is Paula Brackston’s much anticipated sequel to, The Witch’s Daughter. It has been five long years since the publication of the first novel, but it has been well worth the wait. Mixing fantasy, a little bit of history, and some romance the story grabbed me from the get go. The suspense builds as it moves across time right up to the stunning conclusion. While this book is a sequel, you needn’t worry about having read its predecessor as it stands on its own quite nicely. This novel worked its magic on me and I’m sure it will do the same for you.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this book is the sequel to the book The Witch’s Daughter written by Paula Brackston. It would be helpful if you have read the first book before reading this one so you will get to know the main characters, Elizabeth, Tegan, and Gideon. Gideon has spent the last five years in the Summerlands, he is a witch with dark and vengeful powers. Elizabeth knows she must protect Tegan from Gideon now that he has gained his freedom. Tegan has been traveling the world learning spellcasting from all manner of witches, but she is still no match against Gideon. If you are looking for a great book, with paranormal suspense and mystery then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston is delicious blend of paranormal and historical fiction. The Return of the Witch is set up well enough, but it had been so long since my read of The Witch’s Daughter that I did need to read a synopsis of the book to refresh my memory. The Return of the Witch definitely cannot be read and fully appreciated as a standalone book. The main characters Elizabeth, Tegan, and Gideon were introduced in The Witch’s Daughter. In this sequel, we learn of Tegan’s vast travels and studies. She has traveled the world learning her craft from shamans witches. She has become quite powerful and knowledgeable, but she needs more time to practice and perfect her skills. Erasmus Balmoral is a delightful new character. He is a charming time stepper who assists Elizabeth in traveling through time to find Tegan and put an end to Gideon once and for all. Brackston’s writing is artistic and enchanting. She has created endearing characters and an enchanting plot. I love Brackston’s style, evocative descriptions, and how she made me feel strongly for each character. While the middle of the book can feel a tad slow in pace, it emphasizes the cat-an-mouse game Gideon is playing. It also serves to highlight how much he has studied and knows Elizabeth. I think a little more plot-tension or “reveals to the reader” in the middle of the book, instead of having to wait until the end to learn all of Gideon’s intentions, would have perfected the story. Brackston has blended witchcraft, mystery and suspense with a pinch of romance to create an intriguing story that takes readers on an eventful trek through time. A great read for fans of Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy series.
NCReaderGirl More than 1 year ago
I picked up the first of this series, The Witch's Daughter by happenstance when I was cruising through my Amazon recommendations. I read it and was hooked to the story, completely intrigued by Elizabeth's Mother's story and how the Witch trials of the 1600's in England played out post plague. So when I came across this book in my recommendations I knew I just HAD to read it. Seriously why wouldn't I? So I added it to my wish list and it lingered. So now I've read this amazing book I am pleased to say that Paula did not let me down - she kept the intrigue rolling as Elizabeth and Tegan once again come to odds with Gideon - only this time Tegan's kidnapped by Gideon and pulled through time not once but twice and it's up to Elizabeth to both track her through time and find a way to defeat Gideon. This tale takes us back to the 1600's Bathcombe and then up into the 19th Century London. A tale beautifully written delving into the spiritual, the paranormal slightly, and the romantic will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to discover the next turn before the character's do. I will have to say though 4 out of 5 stars though as I think the story was dragged on a little more than was necessary in order to further develop the characters and tell Tegan's story in depth.