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Read this book so many times, still love it!
Witch Child - Celia Rees
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Witch Child - Celia Rees
Advantages: Great Story, Set at an interesting time
Disadvantages: None for me
'She was locked in the keep for more than a week. First they walked her up and down, up and down between them, for a day and a night until she could no longer hobble, her feet all bloody and swollen. She would not confess. So they set about to prove she was a witch...'
The book is set in 1659, after the Civil War. There were many Puritans living in England who were concerned for their well-being and considered taking the journey to the New World, America, and starting a new life. The story is told in the past tense, through Diary entries by Mary Newbury, who was a young Woman living with her Grandmother at this turbulent time in England. After her Grandmother is executed for Witchcraft, Mary is escorted by a strange, yet familiar Woman to an Inn, and told she must travel to the New World, in order to escape the fate that her Grandmother met.
After spending a night at the Inn, Mary travels to the docks, to join the thousands of Puritans on a Voyage to the New World. Mary is embraced into the Colony with open arms, but how long can she hide her true identity? Will the Church Pastor see through her? Will anyone discover her Diary, hidden away,divulging her true nature?
Mary must try to fit in with the other members of the Colony, in order to preserve her life. If they discover what she really is, will they force her to leave the Colony, or will she meet the same fate as her Grandmother? And who is the strange Women that seems so familiar?
I got this book a few years ago as a Birthday present. I was immediately drawn in by the front cover. The young girl on the front, supposedly Mary, stares out of the cover, inviting you to read her story. I've read this book several times, and I'm sure when I read it again, I'll enjoy it just as much. I have a keen interest in History, so Historical Fiction is always very appealing for me. The book is set at an interesting Period in History. The country was in doubt of it's future, people all over were suffering, and the New World of America was very appealing for those wanting to escape and start a new life for themselves and for their families.
The story itself was very engaging, I really connected with Mary, and feared for her life every time somebody came close to discovering her secret. It's interesting to read about Witch trials from the perspective of a Witch. You learn that she isn't evil, like people made out the Witch's to be. She's a healer; she has no intentions of hurting anybody, and yet if she's found out, she will be condemned to execution.
After suffering the loss of her Grandmother, and witnessing her brutal execution, you'd expect Mary to crawl into a hole and never come out. But she's a strong willed young Woman, she carries on with the life that she must lead, in order to appear normal and hide her true nature. For me, Historical Fiction with a strong Female character is always appealing, since Women were treated unequally, and often became downtrodden and weak.
This book was written by Celia Rees, an Author I hadn't heard of at the time. She's written a wonderful book here, full of Historical facts, but also full of Magic. I've also read the sequel to this book, which was also fantastic, but told from a different point of few, and set in a different time period. I'll be writing up a review for that one soon.
Summary: Full of Magic, Mystery, and Suspense