Today, I'm happy to be a part of the book tour for Paula Brackston's ethereally beautiful Midnight Witch.
If you want a good historical story and a good supernatural story, this is the book for you.
Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
original title: The Last Witch of Fitzroy Square
Format read: ARC via publisher
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.
Seriously. I love reading books about witches, so when I was offered the opportunity to review The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston, I leapt at the opportunity. I had really enjoyed her previous book The Winter Witch, so this was a great way of continuing my love of Paula, her writing and her legacy of witches.
In The Midnight Witch, Brackston introduces us to Lilith, the daughter of the Duke of Radnor. She's a young, smart and capable member of the British upper crust, but has to deal with unexpected challenges when she inherits her father's title as the Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven, as well as his ability to keep the family together.
Just like her previous novels, Brackston delves into the heart of the story by immediately emphasizing her protagonist's strength and capability in an often male-dominated world from the onset.
The reader never questions Lilith's strength, intelligence and level-headedness, even as she's makes decisions that have impact far beyond her own life. Even when two (very different) men come into the sphere of her influence, Lilith keeps her head in a way that is both admirable, and inspiring to read.
I'm consciously making this review shorter than normal, simply because I want readers to seek out Brackston's books and experience the beauty and sheer elegance of her writing for themselves. But I will absolutely say that:
1) Lilith is the type of heroine that all readers will fall in love with. She's strong, capable and just the type of heroine that we need in fiction nowadays.
2) Brackston's writing literally keeps getting better with each and every book. The Midnight Witch has beautiful diction, wonderful descriptions, and will satisfy any Anglophile - especially this one - beyond their wildest dreams.
This is more than just a book about magic, or the struggle to justify magic in a person's daily life. This is a story about finding a person's identity, and finding a person's place in the world, as they struggle with what they want and what they need.
I loved this book, and I'm seriously hoping that there will be more books in the series. Paula's written books about witches for every generation, and I'm hoping that this is impetus for her to continue writing about witches all the way until modern day.
I highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction, literary fiction, and just for people who are looking for a book that will bring that hint of magic into their lives, but also a compelling coming-of-age story.
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About the author:
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.