Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring Equinox Blog Tour: The Midnight Witch Review

I am once again, thrilled beyond words to be part of Paula Brackston's blog tour. Her books are elegant, emotional and gorgeous, and they have a pretty big place in my heart. I hope to share some of that love with you today.

Please take the time to check out The Midnight Witch book trailer. 

The Midnight WitchAuthor: Paula Brackston
Published: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Format: Hardcover, 352 pgs
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

"The dead are seldom silent. All that is required for them to be heard is that someone be willing to listen. I have been listening to the dead all my life."
Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.
When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. Lilith knows the Lazarus creed: secrecy and silence. To abandon either would put both the coven and all she holds dear in grave danger. She has spent her life honoring it, right down to her charming fiancĂ© and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt.

Until the day she meets Bram, a talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves.

To tell him will risk everything.
Spanning the opulence of Edwardian London and the dark days of World War I, The Midnight Witch is the third novel from New York Timesbestselling author Paula Brackston.

Paula Brackston’s Witch series is actually a series of standalones, with each book set in a different time period, but united by a common theme: a young witch struggling to find her place. After 17th century England and 19th century Wales, Brackston now takes us to visit the high society of Edwardian England.

At the center of the story is Lilith, a Duke’s daughter and a powerful witch. Lilith’s father just died, and while her brother inherited the title, Lilith inherited something much more important – his position as the Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven, as well as his backbone and his ability to keep the family together. Lilith is young, but she is both powerful and smart, level-headed and emotionally strong. One can help but admire her as she makes the decisions that affect more than just herself and the two men in her life.

At its very center, The Midnight Witch is a story about good vs. evil, but Brackston manages to turn this very basic concept into a truly captivating story. While there are admittedly some inconsistencies in the plot, there is emotional resonance from the opening moments of the story, and the characters are extremely relatable.

If possible, Brackston’s writing is even more elegant than before, combining deep emotionality and superb quality of prose. Even with third person multiple perspectives narrative, by far my least favorite, Brackston keeps a tight rein on her POV characters, never allowing them to take control or blend together. Her narrative mode almost takes us back to European literary realism, albeit with far stronger emotional attachments between us and the characters.

I don’t read historical fiction that often, magical realism or not, but if more authors wrote it like Paula Brackston does, that would change in a heartbeat. These books can be read in any order, so check them all out and see what sounds best, but don’t let them slip by you. They are not to be missed.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.



  1. Wow, Maja! Thanks for introducing me to this series! Aside from the gorgeously-edited covers, this totally sounds like something I'd read. I've started venturing into historical fiction and it hasn't been that successful so far. I think a book with a bit of magical realism would help remedy that. Plus, that prose is gorgeous :) Thanks for the review, Maja!

    Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews

  2. Hey! Welcome back? I haven't seen you in a while. Anyway, I have her books sitting idly on my shelves. And since it comes highly recommended (by you), I think it's high time I dust them off.

    I'm not one for books about witches but I'm giving this one a chance. Third person POVs can get a little daunting for me but I'm taking your word that she'll be able to keep me interested.

    Great review. :)

  3. Great review Maja! I know I really need to read some of these books!

  4. This book just showed up in my mail last week and I am excited to read it. You know I am such a sucker for gorgeous writing so I am sure I will love that aspect of it. I can't wait to dig in!

  5. I really like how this is actually series about different stories. It's so amazing to see the whole idea of being a witch shown in so many different and interesting time periods. I love gorgeous writing and I'm adding this one to my list. Great review, Maja :)

  6. I love the cover! Gosh I really think this is an author I am going to have to take the plunge and just try..soon!

    Wonderful review Maja!

  7. wow I'm in love with the cover! I confess that I didn't know this one but I think I know the author. I really need to try this one. I love historical romances and this one makes me curious.

  8. Oh man, I still remember how your review of The Winter Witch caught my eyes, you have now successfully got me addicted to everything Paula Brackston, and maybe everything witchy too :D Glad to have you back Maja, I have REALLY missed your reviews (you have no idea how badly I need a fix from you :P)
    P.S. that excerpt seems to be from The Winter Witch.
    <3 Angel

  9. I really enjoy series that are just a series of standalones if I enjoy the author and the world he/she creates because then there's no risk of cliffhangers or dragging plot lines.

    Lovely review, Maja! <33

  10. This sounds wonderful, and I'm especially happy to know that they are standalones. I think I'll go ahead and try out The Winter Witch while it's on sale on Amazon. Excellent review :)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  11. I didn't know this was part of the series. I have first novel for a while, but I'm not that big fan of historicals and I end up pushing it for later every time. I'm guessing I should stop doing that and just read it already.
    Great review, Maja.

  12. I received last week my two copies of The Witch's Daughter and Winter Witch. I'm very sure I'll love them, so I'll get this one for sure =)

    Thank you for your review. It was as magical as reading the book will be.

  13. I don't read many books involving witches but this sounds lovely and I adore the cover, too!

  14. I did not realize Paula Brackston’s Witch series is actually a series of standalones. I've been putting off reading one thinking I'm too behind. This is exciting news to me. Wonderful excerpt too, Maja :)

  15. This sounds FANTASTIC! I just found another must-read author. It sounds right up my alley!

  16. Ooh I like the sound of this! Beautiful writing + witches and I'm sold. Plus I like that the books in the series are standalones, I wish more series were like that. Wonderful review, thank you for introducing me to this!

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