March Book Reviews

Slightly late posting these as I was away at the end of the month but here it is, my round-up of everything I’ve read in the lovely month of March!

First up,

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Blurb:

“‘It’s true, ma petite. If they know – if they discover what we are – they will try to kill us’

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchieres fight to keep the old ways alive, practising half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden.

But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever – not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.

A Secret History of Witches is a moving historical saga that traces five generations of fiercely powerful mothers and daughters – witches whose magical inheritance is both a dangerous threat and an extraordinary gift.”

Loved this book! It’s beautifully written and every character through each generation is so well fleshed out that they each felt real to me. The characters are strong, flawed and at times very frustrating but all unique. I found some of the Orchierre women’s stories more gripping than others and have to admit I found the Queen Elizabeth/ War scenario a little bit far fetched but it’s so lushly written that I can forgive it. A heart-breaking and bitter sweet read.

Four stars ****

Next,

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

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February Book Reviews

Been a little bit slower on my reading this month as there’s been quite a lot going on and I’ve really been pushing to finish my latest draft of The Cauldron Born so only two finished reads this month.

First up, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omen’s:

I really enjoyed this book, it’s a lot of fun and a really interesting, original concept. I loved the quirky characters and it’s beautifully written. There are some very funny moments and one liners that had me chuckling to myself. The only thing I would say is that it’s a little bit slow in places and I found myself losing interest a bit towards the end but overall, definitely recommend it! Very much looking forward to Prime Video version, the cast looks amazing.

My other read this month was V.E Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows, the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic:

This was another very enjoyable read, as evidenced by the fact that I devoured all 500 pages of it in about 3 days. I think I actually liked it even more than the first instalment. V.E Schwab weaves a beautiful, lush and believable world that is very easy to sink into and get immersed in. I loved Lila’s adventures on the pirate…ahem..sorry…privateer ship and found a new favourite character in Alucard Emery. Not ashamed to admit that I kinda shipped him and Lila for a minute there. Lilalucard? He was a fun, interesting character and I found I wanted more of his scenes. I was a little disappointed that he wasn’t actually a vampire. I mean, c’mon, his name is Alucard.
Anyhoo, there were a few niggly annoying things about this book. The main one for me being the use of the “not like other girls” trope with Lila which seemed to be emphasised a lot more heavily in this one than the first. It just seemed like the author should kinda know better, particularly in a book with so many cool and powerful female competitors in the tournament who are barely brushed on. Kisimyr, anyone? But no, all girls like dresses and Lila is one of a kind because she prefers knives. K.
I also found some of the whining from Kel and Rhy a little bit tiresome in places. I totally get why they’re struggling. They’ve been through some major trauma. I just feel like we labour over it too much after it has already been made clear.
Overall though, it is superbly written and I found it very hard to put down.

So that’s my quick round-up of February reads. Up next I’m reading A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan.