A Secret History of Witches is a sweeping saga of family hood, mother/daughter relationships, and the sacrifices we make for family and ourselves.
Our story begins with Grandmére Ursule’s sacrifice to save her family from persecution. And it stretches from the early 19th century all the way through the second world war as five generation of witches navigate the difficulties of their time. It seemed the magic died with Ursule’s sacrifice, but can the women keep the flame alive? What are we when we cannot even hold onto our traditions?
There are few words I can use to describe this book except: powerful, touching, and epic. This is a family saga that is built on belief, power, and motherhood. It is a testament to the way we persecute what we cannot control and how we attempt to contain powerful women. I loved that the book was structured by the different ‘chapters’ of their daughter’s lives as we follow these powerful and enigmatic women through time. I was enthralled by the way that their relationships changed with the times, and also with the mother/daughter pairs. It was fascinating to observe how differently they use their magic for the good of their country and themselves. Each of these characters were lifelike and they practically rose from the pages.
If you have ever been intrigued by the idea of witches, family drama’s, or the following of powerful women, this is the book for you.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
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