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THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER By: Paula Brackston April 20, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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     This book starts off with a wallop, and then moves to a snail’s pace, to never quite regain the initial rush. Of course, the Lycan Librarian loves literary fiction, which is often slow, so that didn’t discourage her from reading it, but it might stop her from recommending it to those modern readers who want more action throughout the novel.  The cover, as you can see, is irresistible, and this reader drooled over both the boots and the skirt, but thought the tights were a bit too contemporary — and “cool,” seeing as our protagonist dresses in an eccentric fashion, utilizing  clothing she has collected over the centuries. Enough of the fashion review.

      The important thing is the plot, and this one entails Bess, now Elizabeth,  a  384 year old woman who is forced to keep moving from place to place to stay one step ahead of an evil sorcerer. At her current stop, she befriends a lonely, neglected teenaged girl who reminds her of her long departed sister. She then begins to tell the girl a story, her own, and the chapters weave into,  out of, around and through  the past and present, a technique that proves quite popular today, but that, as you know, the Lycan Librarian is not very fond. The suspense was a bit watered down knowing where the protagonist would ultimately wind up, but it could have been a true page-turner if it had been written in chronological order. Combine that with the fact that the young girl Bess befriends, aside from being a typical teen filled with adolescent angst, wasn’t developed enough to care about. This reader did particularly enjoy the protagonist’s time during WWI and in the 1880s during Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror, but that made some of the other time periods rather boring, especially the present day one. The ending was entirely predictable, and this reader is forced to offer only a lukewarm review. But it is a pleasant book, and certainly has its moments, so if watery mystical chick-lit with a dribbling of various eras of historical fiction in an easy-read format is your cup of herbal tea, then this just might be the brew for you.

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