Greetings my lovelies!
I love witches. I love reading about them and I am one. I came across this book while looking in the non fiction section, although this book is a work of fiction. So let’s get started shall we?
I rate each book/series on a coffee cup rating. 0 cups means I couldn’t finish and 5 cups means that I absolutely loved it.
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Rating: 4 cups
This book follows the lives of five witches from a French Gypsy line. It starts off the the death of the current matriarch and continues until the current keeper of magic decides that she’d rather not use it anymore. The time in this book spans 1834 Nannette to 1937 Victoria. We see the end of the witch trails all the way to the World Wars. The story focuses mainly on mother and daughter relationship and why each woman used her powers.
Like I said before, I love witches. I love seeing how each author interprets the mythos around them. This author chose a little more traditional approach with grimoires and rhyming spells. What I thoroughly enjoyed was how the actions of the mother affected their daughter and her approach to the craft. Nannette grew up believing and practicing making her an outcast. Her daughter, however, grew up knowing that it had to be a secret and thought it was fake. Her daughter saw how hard her mother worked and how rough she was and wanted more. Her daughter saw that her mother’s pursuit of power led to an unhappy life caused by using magic. Her daughter knew nothing of magic until the end because her mother realized that magic wasn’t the end all be all to life.
I’m not sure if this is a book that I’ll reread. I enjoyed this book and loved following the family as they grew and changed throughout a century. However, it didn’t give me that feeling of “yes!” that usually means that I’ll read it again. Only time will tell, but I have a feeling that this book might end up in the donation pile once my bookcases get too full.
Have you read this book?
What did you think?
Who was your favorite character? Mine is Nannette
Who’s your least? Irene
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