• The Great Witch of Brittany

  • A Novel
  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (515 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Return to the world of A Secret History of Witches with the bewitching tale of Ursule Orchière and her discovery of magical abilities that will not only change the course of her life, but every generation that comes after her. 

Brittany, 1762

There hasn’t been a witch born in the Orchière clan for generations. According to the elders, that line is dead, leaving the clan vulnerable to the whims of superstitious villagers and the prejudices of fearmongering bishops.

Ursule Orchière has been raised on stories of the great witches of the past. But the only magic she knows is the false spells her mother weaves over the gullible women who visit their fortune-telling caravan. Everything changes when Ursule comes of age and a spark of power flares to life. Thrilled to be chosen, she has no idea how magic will twist and shape her future.

Guided by an ancient grimoire and the whispers of her ancestors, Ursule is destined to walk the same path as the great witches of old. But first, the Orchière magical lineage must survive. And danger hovers over her, whether it’s the bloodlust of the mob or the flames of the pyre.

A tale of magic and fate, triumph and heartbreak, and the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters unfolds in the late 1700s in this spellbinding novel from master storyteller Louisa Morgan.

For more from Louisa Morgan, check out: 

  • A Secret History of Witches
  • The Witch's Kind
  • The Age of Witches 
©2022 Louisa Morgan (P)2022 Redhook

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Great story, but horrible characters

Much like her other books, this author has a tendency to create awful characters. There is always a great protagonist, but her children ALWAYS end up as awful people.

For instance in this book, Ursule’s daughter Leonie is absolutely horrible. She comes off as nice and attentive at first. But, as the story unfolds she becomes frivolous and selfish. She always says rude comments to her mother, yet no one calls her out on it. I just don’t understand why this author always creates these characters. And they aren’t small characters. They have major parts.

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narrator!

The narrator was absolutely outstanding! looking forward to more from this author as well. bump the speed up one notch if it seems slow.

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Extraordinary.

Will not forget this book anytime soon. Absolutely moving and an insight into the Romani gypsies. The narrator could not be better, fantastic!

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Loved this book

I rarely write reviews as a typical reader listener! This book has such unique cultural epithets. If you practice the witch lore or love every single thing about the essence, this is a book for you.

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Excellent, brought these characters to life beautifully.

Such a beautiful voice, lovely accents. Respectful of the Rom. Will listen again for sure.

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fantastic

just enough fear and wichery, held my interest , felt a sense of loss when book came to an end. Characters were wonderful and I give it 5 plus stars.

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Loved!

What a wonderful listen!!! I completely enjoyed this audio book and author! Thank for this book!

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Great book great story. fascinating

It was so interesting it couldn't put it down went through it in 3 days

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Basically a romance novel so far

It's basically a romance novel with some attempted rape thrown in toward the beginning, then more or less the semi-mundane history of the protagonist after that. The book loses credibility because the protagonist and others act in ways that lack credibility for a mostly historical novel.The protagonist is more concerned about ripped clothing than the potential hanging of the boy she likes, who saved her life. They fail to think of outlandishly simple solutions to problems, like the author couldn't think of any other way to drive the plot. the protagonist forgets she has a prominent, sharp, knife, until the last second, to create drama, when she needs to cut a rope and finds the caravan where she used to store a precious, lost, item, but doesn't think to look for the item until drama is built because she nearly leaves without finding it. It's a little like people wandering off into dark hallways in horror movies when they already know there's a murderer on the loose. Basically, either the author isn't good enough to move the plot forward without artificially stupid devices or she had some reason I can't imagine for developing a somewhat stupid protagonist. There are also ridiculous stereotypes like all the women being able to sense a fetus/pregnancy. Even a woman who has no magical abilities at all can sense that another woman is pregnant just by standing with her momentarily-- like women aren't good for anything but having super hyperfocus on all things baby. It's entertaining if you either like stereotypical women's subjects or speed the book up through those parts.

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Not my cup of tea

Stagnant. About midway through I realized that there is nothing else I want to find out here. The writing is vivid and observant, but no story.

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