Review by Charlotte Lynn
In 1628 Bess watches her mother hang for being a witch. Bess’ mother knows that Bess will be targeted next and tells her to run to Gideon. Gideon gives Bess instructions and wakes her powers making her a powerful witch.
Fast forward to present day England. Elizabeth keeps to herself, moving from place to place to avoid Gideon finding her. When a young girl, Tegan, comes to her house she cannot fight her loneliness and becomes a friend and mentor to Tegan. She begins to teach Tegan the ways of a witch. Together she hopes they can stand against Gideon and end his terror.
This is an amazing story. The details shared made me feel as if I was in the 1628 England, in the little cottage Bess grew up in. With every part of history Bess shared I grew to love her character more and more. I was praying that she would find a way to fight off Gideon so she could live in peace and not be forced to pack-up and move again.
Tegan, I was not so sold on. She was a typical teenager. Not quite ready to make a true commitment to her witch educations and constantly making excuses for her absenses. Near the end I felt a little more sympathy for her. I mean her first true love is not quite who or what she thought he was. I would have liked more background on Tegan.
In this novel, I found myself lost in the magic and forgetting time. Finding myself reading way past bedtime and sad when my family interrupted me. I highly recommend this novel. You will fall in love with Bess from the very first chapter.
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