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A secret history of witches af Louisa Morgan
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A secret history of witches (udgave 2017)

af Louisa Morgan

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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… (mere)
Medlem:nframke
Titel:A secret history of witches
Forfattere:Louisa Morgan
Info:New York, NY : Redhook, 2017.
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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 |
A Secret History of Witches tells the tale of five generations of witches in a gypsy family. Mothers pass the gift to their daughters. They are persecuted and have to hide their powers from others. Spanning the time from the early 1800s to WW2, the book is divided into five sections, one for each of the five Orchiere family witches -- Nanette, Ursule, Irene, Morwen and Veronica.

This book was at times a little too slow moving, but there is such a strong mother-daughter love through each generation that I felt that emotion was almost more important than the magic. The family grimoire and scrying stone speak differently to each generation as they receive their powers at puberty.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. At times, the plot moved along a bit slowly and I felt the ending was a bit lack-luster, even abrupt. But it didn't really hurt my enjoyment of the overall story.....the characters, their love for each other, and how the passed down power effected them all a bit differently was enough to keep me reading. What the story lacks in action, it makes up for in emotion and a sense of Family passed down through generations. Normally, I tend to not like stories that span multiple generations because the character/time/generation changes can seem abrupt or some portions of the story can be left unresolved. I didn't feel that way about this book, except at the very end. I felt this book was a nice mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I would definitely read more by this author.

The cover art is fantastic!

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Orbit Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**



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  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
A Secret History of Witches -Morgan
Audio performance by Polly Lee
3.5 stars

This history begins with a Romany family in early 19th century Brittany and continues through four generations to the end of WW2 in England. With each generation the story centers on the one female family member who inherits magical ability along with the responsibility to pass on the rites and traditions of witchcraft. The need for secrecy in the face of violent discrimination insures that much is lost through the generations. The life of each witch is generally bleak and usually tragic. There’s generational repetition of mother-daughter conflict as the young witch comes into her talent in adolescence. It also seems that witches are fated to be unlucky in love, and in constant conflict with men who look to suppress their power.

There was some good writing in this book. The characters were interesting even when they were not very likable. The last young witch has the most redeeming personality, as she nurses returning soldiers. Unfortunately, her magical participation in the war effort was the least believable plot of the entire book. Overall, the book was a depressing saga of systemic discrimination against an unusual minority. It could have used an occasional spot of humor. ( )
  msjudy | Aug 21, 2020 |
Not good. Why did I keep reading this? ( )
  libraryhead | Oct 25, 2019 |
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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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