Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Review: "The Midnight Witch," by Paula Brackston

About The Midnight Witch
Lady Lilith Randor does not fear the dark. She embraces and draws strength from it for it is when the veil between the living and the dead becomes slightly thinner. But Lilith is not just any witch; she is heir to the Lazarus Coven -- a coven skilled in the art of necromancy, sworn to protect the Great Secret and the Elixir of Life from the hands of those who might use it for evil by raising the dead. Upon her father’s death, Lilith inherits the role as Head Witch. She faces a daunting future, for the coven is threatened by a powerful group of sorcerers who wish to steal the Elixir from her.

As a society beauty, engaged to another titled witch, and with a grieving mother and an unstable brother to look after, Lilith struggles to maintain her two very different existences. When she meets and falls in love with the talented artist Bram Cardale, she can no longer keep her life as a witch hidden, and she must choose between her loyalty to the coven, her duty to her family, and her love for Bram, or risk destroying everything she holds dear.

My Thoughts About This Book
Like anyone who has had to keep a huge secret her entire life, Lilith is a bit standoffish, not daring to get too close to anyone who might uncover her secret. Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent her from falling in love with Bram, a talented but starving artist, who sees their class differences and Lilith’s fiancĂ© as the only obstacles to their love at first. When he finds that she is also a witch, their love seems impossible. And, indeed, Lilith ends their relationship for several years when she realizes the futility of their situation. But true love can’t be stopped, and Lilith and Bram invite danger into their lives once again when they rekindle their relationship. This book is filled with atmosphere, particularly when the dark magic that always lurks in the shadows begins to intrude on Lilith’s life. It threatens her family, her fellow witches, and her love, and could upset the whole balance of life even as World War I creeps closer and erupts. I was already a fan of Paula Brackston before picking up this book, having loved both The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch. And, if possible, I think that Brackston’s writing has gotten even better with this book. The Midnight Witch is highly recommended for fans of paranormal and/or historical fiction. It will haunt you long after you close the book.

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for my fair and honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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