A Secret History Of Witches by Louisa MorganA Secret History Of Witches by Louisa Morgan

A Secret History Of Witches

byLouisa Morgan

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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A sweeping 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.

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her.

Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing 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.

"At once sprawling and intimate, A Secret History of Witches deftly captures the greatest magic of all: the love between mothers and daughters."
--Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of The Immortals

Louisa Morgan is a pseudonym.
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Title:A Secret History Of WitchesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.62 × 6.38 × 1.5 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316508551

ISBN - 13:9780316508551

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Historical fiction novel that spans five generations of witches A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan is a historical novel that starts in 1838 at Orchard Farm. The Orchierres families magic seemed to wither with the death of Grandmere Ursule. Her descendants keep following the practices she established that have been handed down from mother to daughter. They have Ursule’s magic crystal and grimoire. Some of them can do simple spells, simples and charms. Nanette, Ursule’s granddaughter, is the first one to blossom with real power. Magic, though, always comes at a price. Follow the magic through the generations to see what happens to the Orchierres line of witches. A Secret History of Witches was a slow-paced novel that I found lacking in magic. The story had potential, but it was never achieved. Each generation seemed to make the same mistake (it seemed like the same story repeated over for each generation—the author just changed the clothes or words to fit the time period). I thought it would be a story about strong, female witches (instead we have women that grow up, get pregnant, pass on family history and repeat for the next generation). Unfortunately, the only strong person was Gradmere Ursule (and she was dead). The woman and men were stuck in their gender roles and they were conventional. The magic elements were uninspiring. For a book about witches and magic, it was deficient. The characters lacked development (they were flat). Some sections were more complete than others. I was disappointed in the ending (it was unsatisfying and felt unfinished). I did not understand why the author did not bring the book into modern times and bring the witches full circle. She could have shown them back in full power in modern times. The book needed some oomph. My rating for A Secret History of Witches is 2 out of 5 stars. There is some good writing and the author did her research for the historical periods featured. My favorite section the World War II with Veronica Selwyn. If you are looking for a magical novel, check out Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy (vampires too)!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read I bought this book as it had several good reviews from different websites. It was ok. I didn't love it and wasn't pulled into it. I felt the charaters were very 1 dimensional. I liked that it followed the family along through different generations but I felt like it the transition from one character to another wasn't very smooth. The author develops a story for that character you are reading about but doesn't fully develop it, just goes to the surface and never really quite resolves anything.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! My heart is soaring, my heart is warm, my heart wants more. I absolutely adored this book. I can’t stop gushing about it because it was just so perfect. It was so enthralling and magical and I can’t wait to read it again. Following a line of witches from the early 19th century to London (WWII), five generations will capture your heart and five generations will make you wish you were a witch if you aren’t wishing so already. The author has an incredible way of weaving different voices so clearly that you feel as though you’re living each story. The Orchiére’s will hold you under their spell until the very last page.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review: A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** With its small doses of magic and potions, A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES is more a historical novel than fantasy. The novel follows six generations of Orchiére women handing down their witchcraft. As knowledge is passed down, elements are lost or corrupted. It doesn’t take long for ancestral rituals to be forgotten in the face of a changing society. A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES is an excellent examination of tradition, duty and love. Each generation of women places value in different areas. There’s Nanette, who knew the importance of tradition and ritual but thought the line would die with her. There’s also Irene, who hated their place in society and craved the power that magic gave her. While I loved having the book divided into the six narrators, spanning almost 200 years, I did feel that the novel shied away from some of the more difficult aspects of each character. Each POV section focuses on when the daughter comes to power and how she chooses to wield it. When a new generation is born, the POV changes, even if the previous witch’s story isn’t complete. While the mother grows older in the background, the narrator is always young. I would have loved to follow a narrator into old age, as her power changes and as her magical items are passed on to her daughter. Each new generation is also warned how men fear powerful women and how the witch hunters could find and kill them. This is a very real threat in the 1800s, less so in 1900s. It would have been interesting to see the generations progress after World War II, when traditions are broken and countries are recovering.The novel is also unbalanced, heavily favouring Veronica’s story during World War II, but not fully examining Irene or Morwen’s. Irene’s rejection of tradition and embrace of power is brushed aside too quickly. There’s more to women than being young and deciding who, and how, to love. Had A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES followed its characters into old age and into more modern eras, it would have added so much more to the story.
Date published: 2017-09-11

Editorial Reviews

"A Secret History of Witches examines the bonds between mothers and daughters, and the power of hidden magic to quietly save the world, particularly as the world braces for another global war."-Brit + Co