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May 6, 2014

Review: The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston

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“The dead are seldom silent. All that is required for them to be heard is that someone be willing to listen. I have been listening to the dead all my life.”

Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. Lilith knows the Lazarus creed: secrecy and silence. To abandon either would put both the coven and all she holds dear in grave danger. She has spent her life honoring it, right down to her charming fiancé and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt.

Until the day she meets Bram, a talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves.

To tell him will risk everything.

Spanning the opulence of Edwardian London and the dark days of World War I, The Midnight Witch is the third novel from New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston.

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The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
Publication Date:  March 25, 2014
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books

 

 

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Gabby-2013When I read The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch by author Paula Brackston I had been pretty impressed by how well-written and intriguing the plots were. I’m not normally a fan of historical fiction but the way Brackston wrote it immersed me and just worked. Getting to read The Midnight Witch was such a big opportunity and I was excited to see what would be next in her novels focusing on the lives of young women who are coming to terms with the crazy amounts of power hidden inside of them.

In The Midnight Witch, Lady Lilith’s father’s death means the start of a new chapter in her life. Now Lady Lilith will have to take her place as the Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven; a coven of witches who can see and raise the dead by will. While Lilith is confident in her abilities to lead her coven she has begun to hear an evil spirit whose constant taunts have begun to get to her head. Adding to her troubles, mourning the loss of her father, dealing with her fiancé and society. It isn’t until the young artist Bram comes to town that Lilith finds herself conflicted between love and her duty as her coven’s leader. Bram is everything she could ever want but Bram ever love a powerful witch like herself? And even if he could her loyalty to her coven would keep their love forbidden.

What I really enjoyed about The Midnight Witch most was Lilith’s character. She is not only such a (for the most part) confident woman but she’s also sure of herself to an extent. When it comes to taking over her father’s place in the Coven she knows that she has some major shoes to fill, that people will be judging her. Still, Lilith wants everybody in her coven to know who they’re dealing with. The amount of confidence in this character was huge and instantly reminded me of The Witch’s Daughter’s main character Elizabeth. I loved this protagonist.

However I did find that with The Midnight Witch I had a few more issues than I did with The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch. Just because in The Midnight Witch apart from there being an amazing plot that is definitely exciting the amount of unnecessary detailing in the novel did get me bored at times. There would be just paragraphs of detail or thoughts on something that got in the way of the pacing and did leave my mind wandering. Which took away from my experience a fair-bit and influenced how much I enjoyed the novel in its entirety.

The novel does have exciting, action-packed scenes that aren’t heavily detailed and they do pick up the pace a fair bit. What really got me noticing this (and into the novel) would have to be the scene where Lilith’s taking the place as Head Witch is challenged and she has to summon a demon. What comes next is seriously insane, it kept my head spinning and was all-around the kind of witchy badassery that I wanted to see from The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch. Plus, we got to see exactly what Lilith could do with her abilities.

As for the romance portion of the novel, I personally found it sweet. Creepy at first since Bram was a bit obsessed with Lilith, but sweet in the end. The star-crossed lovers/forbidden romance bit that was thrown in fit perfectly with the novel’s plot. The relationship between Bram and Lilith is different from the romantic relationships in The Winter Witch and The Witch’s Daughter, but it is one that readers will enjoy.

I would recommend The Midnight Witch to readers who are fans of historical fiction, want a strong, confident female main character and to any readers who like novels that give you additional insight while you’re reading.

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Paula Brackston is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter, The Winter Witch,and The Midnight Witch(2014). 

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book ‘Nutters’ (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed for the Mind Book Award, and she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme.

Paula lives in Wales with her partner and their two children.

 

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  1. Great review and very useful! I have the other two books on my kindle already and can’t wait to read those! I might like the third one too, I will have to see…
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