• The Return of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,659 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could - with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has now netted over 200,000 copies in all formats. Now Paula returns with its sequel, The Return of the Witch, another bewitching tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine listeners will cheer for.

After five years in the Summerlands, Gideon has gained his freedom. Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan and that she must protect the girl she has come to regard as her own daughter. In the time since she the dramatic night in Batchcombe woods, Tegan has traveled the world, learning from all manner of witches, and she is no longer the awkward teenager and novice spellcaster she once was. However, her skills are no match for Gideon's dark, vengeful power, and he succeeds in capturing her. Will Elizabeth be able to find her? Will they be able to defeat their nemesis once and for all?

In a breathless journey that takes them through history to the 17th and 19th centuries, witch pursues warlock. Three people steeped in magic weave a new story, but not all will survive until the end.

©2016 Paula Brackston (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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LOVE this book.

Great story from beginning to end. Lots of twists and turns. left hanging on every word. Worth another read.

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I loved it!!

This book wraps up the story of Elizabeth and Teagan perfectly but I still hope for another story with these characters.

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Very boring.... slow journey to a predictable end.

I was so hoping this would be as good as the first book. I just wanted to know what was going to happen to Bess. I stuck with it. A lot of moments that drag on and on and on. ... oh well.

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Waste of a credit

How disappointing. Another reviewer mentioned how many times she’d rolled her eyes during this story... I too lost count. Narration was horrible (par for this narrator though) and the story a huge let down after The Witch’s Daughter. Don’t waste your credit...

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my new FAVORITE author! LOVE these novels

my new FAVORITE author! LOVE these novels. It's fantastic when the narration is complimentary!

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2 Are Better Than One

I really liked the narration. She has a great English lilt, and handles American and Cockney accents well. I generally knew who each character was from the narration.
I was grateful to be able to listen to both The Witch's Daughter and the Return of the Witch 's Daughter in sequence and immediately one after the other. The story was generally well thought out, but I would have liked to know more about how Elizabeth learned her craft. The use of flashback to tell about both Elizabeth's and Tegan's life experiences was a clever and useful technique. Although the first book can stand alone, the conclusion in the 2nd book is well written and satisfying.
I would love to hear what Elizabeth and Tegan do next....

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Slight twists and turns to a predictable end

Our protagonists prevail against evil and make enjoyable discoveries about themselves in the mix. All in all, it's twisty, heart wrenching and satisfying!

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What a journey...

I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read "The Witch's Daughter" and "Return of the Witch" back-to-back! It really helped me stay in that world and follow Elizabeth and Teagan through time on a dangerous adventure!

This time around, Elizabeth has come back because somehow Gideon has escaped the Summerlands. It is not a matter of if but when Gideon will lash out against Teagan and Elizabeth must warn her before it's too late. She will have to follow Gideon through time (with the help of a time-stepper)because he eventually kidnaps Teagan when they least expect it.

She must return to the 1600s, not too many years after she was tried as a witch. She will then follow him into the 1800s in London not too many years before she would have become a doctor during the years of "Jack the Ripper." All the while, trying to figure out what motive he has for wanting Teagan so badly!

There will be a showdown of power and a love will blossom through the travel. Will Teagan be killed before Elizabeth can get to her? Can they finally defeat Gideon?

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Another great book !!!

Can't wait for movie!!! A real page Turner!! I'm so glad you wrote a part 2!

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wonderful series

really enjoyed this series and the writers imagination. the narrator was great I do wish she would have had a bit more difference in tone as Elizabeth and tegan sounded like same voice but we'll read.
only down side is its over I find myself wishing there was more books id love to have stories of tegan and her new found gifts and adventures.

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  • CaZ
  • 06-02-21

great book.

this is the third book I've read by Paula Brackston. will most definitely be having more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-22

It was a good sequel.

it was a good sequel and good to see so much more magic performed. it filled in a gaps between books well and a nice ending

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  • Julia G.
  • 12-12-21

Another fabulous read

This was the last one of the Shadow Chronicles that I had left to read and, just prior to this, I read City of Time and Magic. I was thrilled that they tied in as I love all of these characters. Totally love Paula’s writing. I think I’ll start the Grimm mystery books next. Keep it up! 😉

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  • Avid reader
  • 09-16-22

Enchanting

I love Paula’s books, her stories are captivating and magical.
Her writing is so descriptive I love every moment. And live it with them. The characters of Elizabeth and Tegan are so real.
Can’t wait for the next.
Thank you

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  • jo
  • 09-02-22

Enjoyed them all.

Really enjoyed all in the series. Good, relaxing reads, well narrated & written with interesting historical facts thrown in!

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  • leejane
  • 08-21-22

A brilliant sequel to The witch's daughter.

I was so happy to hear that finally there was a sequel for Elizabeth & Tegan. It was just a wonderful as the 1st book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-22

Not great

I've listened to many of Paula's books, this one was poor, I was so disappointed

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  • deborah bailey
  • 10-19-21

Fabulous

Absolutely wonderful I could not stop listening. Narration is excellent, great story.
Fully recommend this for those who love a bit of magic!

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  • christine kidd
  • 10-10-21

Another great story

Absolutely love this series. I sincerely hope there's more to come. Thank you Paula.

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  • Sue Power
  • 08-19-21

Brilliant 👏

Loved this book it was a compelling read and held my attention all through it.

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  • Carlo
  • 12-12-21

Enjoyable.

Loved it. Great conclusion to Anne Hawksmith's arc. Enjoyed the idea of having Teagan play a major role too.

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