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A Secret History of Witches: A Novel (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Louisa Morgan (Tekijä)

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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-mère 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. "I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic.... Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time." -- Laure Eve, author of The Graces… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:A Secret History of Witches: A Novel
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This lackluster novel about several generations of witches grinds it way through 130 years before finally petering out in an open-ended conclusion that leaves several questions unanswered. One hopes there is no sequel in the offing.

First and foremost, the characters in Morgan’s tale are all denied, for one reason or another, the kind of lifelong study of the craft deemed de rigueur in most literature for a successful practitioner. In this world, however, it’s apparently enough to be born into the line and then, when the time is right, you simply light the candle, sprinkle a little salt around, mouth a few lines of tortured doggerel and presto!, you’re a successful spell casting, crystal gazing potion brewing witch.

Which brings up another issue and is something that has annoyed this reviewer for years in novels of the occult. Why do the charms and spells need to be in badly-written quatrain format? Why can’t one just say “Farmer Brown is a mean nasty man and he should come down with a bad case of boils until he learns to be nicer”? No, it has to be crunched and cajoled and massaged into something like “Mother Goddess, heed my call, / Farmer Brown is worst of all. / Bless the kettle as it roils, / Curse his ugly form with boils”. Or something equally banal. All the characters in ‘Secret History’ commit this particular sin in one way or another, until one wishes Mother Goddess would apparate at some point and say “Just spit it out, girl!”

Morgan also manages to ignore the entire Romani culture, despite repeatedly telling the reader that it gave birth to her characters. In fact, there’s a whole lot of telling going on here, and not much showing. The characters move around the chessboard Morgan has set up for them, going through the motions that will advance the plot, with nary a surprise or an emotional punch to be had. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | May 31, 2021 |
Good premise, but hardly scratched the surface of these women’s lives while giving enormous attention to mundane chores they did. You come away knowing more about milking goats and planting potatoes than you do about witches. This story could’ve used a strong editor. And likeable characters. I regret that the author didn’t choose to tell a riveting tale just about the first witch, Ursula (the old). Instead you’re intrigued by Ursula but then the stories just go downhill from there and never up the hill again. Sorry, but I would not recommend.

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  Hokie | May 23, 2021 |
I found this book a little hard to get into. There are parts that I really enjoyed and others not as much. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I've read my fair share of books about witches (yes, I went through a phase as a teenager, but the 1990s and early 2000s were ripe with supernatural fiction), but this book stood out for its very serious focus on history. Most stories about witchcraft and magic in general often touch on history in relation to the craft's tradition or in regard to historic persecution of magic practitioners, but MOrgan's story that follows the line or Orchiére witches from the 1800s to the 1950s centres the story far more solidly for its truthful treatment of the various time periods. Through her characters we witness the persecution of the romani by ignorant townsfolk and the Church, see how a witch's power can use used selfishly for gain, and how women throughout the ages have survived even as the so-called "weaker sex." The final woman whose story we are told has a far happier ending than I expect, but considering all the suffering that her family has seen she deserve some solace and stability. In many ways this book was a more female-centric story in the same lines as Edward Rutherfurd's historic epics, since we see a family throughout the ages (albeit in much shorter and condensed form). Morgan lacks some of his attention to historical detail (the historian in me will always want more, even if the general public doesn't care) and writing panache, but her story remains highly engaging throughout. The only thing that I couldn't take seriously was her royal name dropping during the World War II era story - I won't tell you who the alleged witch is, but I couldn't help but laugh! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
It took me Four (4) 3 week renewals to finally read this because I didn't like this book at first, however, once I began to read it I found it so compelling it took me only 3 nights to finish it.

It is the history of the five Romani generations of Orchiére women, all gifted with the power of crafting. The history of Grandmére Ursule: her daughters: Isabelle, Louisette, Florence, Fleurette, Anne-Marie, & Nanette (the one to inherit their mother's gift).

Then continuing with Nanette's daughter Ursule, grand-daughter Irène, great-granddaughter Morwen, and her great-great granddaughter Veronica who is called to work w/ the Queen during WWII.

From Brittany to Cornwall to Wales to London an intense, well-written & book of powerful/gifted & spirited women, which I found to be a compelling read... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 9, 2021 |
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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-mère 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. "I loved it. A beautiful generational tale, reminiscent of Practical Magic.... Grounded and real, painful and hopeful at the same time." -- Laure Eve, author of The Graces

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