Book Review: The Return of the Witch, Paula Brackston

The Return of the Witch

Summary from NetGalley

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan, and that she must protect the girl she had come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon’s dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.


I picked up the first of this series, The Witch’s Daughter by happenstance when I was cruising through my Amazon recommendations.  I read it and was hooked to the story, completely intrigued by Elizabeth’s Mother’s story and how the Witch trials of the 1600’s in England played out post plague.  So when I came across this book in my recommendations I knew I just HAD to read it.  Seriously why wouldn’t I?  So I added it to my wish list and it lingered.

So now I’ve read this amazing book I am pleased to say that Paula did not let me down – she kept the intrigue rolling as Elizabeth and Tegan once again come to odds with Gideon – only this time Tegan’s kidnapped by Gideon and pulled through time not once but twice and it’s up to Elizabeth to both track her through time and find a way to defeat Gideon.  This tale takes us back to the 1600’s Bathcombe and then up into the 19th Century London.  A tale beautifully written delving into the spiritual, the paranormal slightly, and the romantic will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to discover the next turn before the character’s do.

I will have to say though 4 out of 5 stars though as I think the story was dragged on a little more than was necessary in order to further develop the characters and tell Tegan’s story in depth.

About the Author, Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston lives in a wild, mountainous part of Wales. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Before becoming a writer, Paula tried her hand at various career paths, with mixed success. These included working as a groom on a racing yard, a travel agent, a secretary, an English teacher, and a goat herd. Everyone involved (particularly the goats) is very relieved that she has now found a job she is actually able to do properly.
When not hunched over her keyboard in her tiny office under the stairs, Paula is dragged outside by her children to play Swedish tennis on the vertiginous slopes which surround them. She also enjoys being walked by the dog, hacking through weeds in the vegetable patch, or sitting by the pond with a glass of wine. Most of the inspiration for her writing comes from stomping about on the mountains being serenaded by skylarks and buzzards.
In 2007 Paula was shortlisted in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book ‘Nutters’ (writing as PJ Davy) was shortlisted for the Mind Book Award. Last year she was selected by the BBC under their New Welsh Writers scheme

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