A Secret History of Witches

A Secret History of Witches

LouisaMorgan / Feb 17, 2020

A Secret History of Witches An ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most consequential historic events of the last two centuries After Grandm re Ursule gives her life to sa

  • Title: A Secret History of Witches
  • Author: LouisaMorgan
  • ISBN: 9781478977025
  • Page: 304
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  • An ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most consequential historic events of the last two centuries.After Grandm re Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generAn ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most consequential historic events of the last two centuries.After Grandm re Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations Until one day, Ursule s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew.From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures.

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    1. Set in Europe this story follows a family of witches spanning five generations and chronicles how the magic is passed down from mother to daughter and their efforts to keep their craft a secret. I really did not care for this book, it lacked any detail and intrigue. The story of each daughter just seemed like the same story repeated over again with minor alterations of detail. Girl is puzzled by secrecy of mother, receives her powers at puberty, fights with mother, finds baby daddy, bears daught [...]

    2. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/10/16/A Secret History of Witches is one of those stories that span many generations, following a magical line of women through the ages starting from early 19th century Brittany up to the end of World War II. Told in five parts, the story first begins with the life of Nanette Orchiére, the youngest of six sisters. Descended from the Romani, her family has always been persecuted for their heritage but also for their women’s gift of magic, a [...]

    3. Intriguing book covering five generations of witches from a Romani tribe of gypsies. The craft is passed from mother to daughter and the story is organized with a section of the book on each witch - Nanette, Ursule, Irene, Morwen, and Veronica. Each of the stories is similar in that the craft was passed from mother to daughter, witches are prosecuted and they fear this and hide their craft, etc. But each has a different level of power. A strong mother-daughter bond as well as a historical family [...]

    4. I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it, and yet I found it unevenly written. Though yes, I KNOW it is about witches, some of it went beyond my ability to suspend disbelief, not because of the magic, but because of the characters' actions. And I found the end to be abrupt and not terribly satisfying.

    5. 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 generatio [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this one. The author does a great job giving each generation its own, recognizable flavor in atmosphere and behavior. Though obviously about magic, it's a lot about relationships and how familial choices often repeat themselves no matter what the time period, but with subtle changes due to advancements in each era. I liked the “message” that using the craft always has a price, which applies to all of our lives/relationships regardless of magic or no magic. Though the family [...]

    7. While a scrying stone or spell prove useful in this book, the real power the characters have is the undeniable strength of the mother-daughter bond. Set against tangible historical backdrops, A Secret History of Witches pursues this primal, nuanced, and complicated relationship that every woman lives with. And not too magick-y, for the fantasy-averse.

    8. Starting in Brittany in 1821, this is the history of one family of witches, the Orchieres. They are Romani, and therefore automatically suspect whenever someone wants to persecute a witch. Which is why one night Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to hide the family from a witch hunting priestI, telling them to flee across the channel to Cornwall, taking the family’s two treasures: the grimoire, and the large crystal that was dug from the mud many generations ago.Seventeen years later, having fou [...]

    9. Solid writing makes this 3 stars. I really liked the synopsis, but unfortunately, the eras for each of the witches didn't really get flushed out. Ms. Morgan keeps the witch in question in the dark (so to speak) until she becomes "a woman". Then suddenly said witch knows everything! Just as you are getting to know that character, it seems, boom - you're on to the next one. I wanted to know more about each woman and felt disappointed with the mother-daughter relationship for most of them. Our last [...]

    10. My only complaint why did it have to end already? A truly escapist read that transported me from 1821 through the end of WW2. Tracing the lineage of mothers and daughters and their inherited gift was fascinating. Morgan crafts a tale that chronicles five generations of women in a family and their experiences with their magical inheritance. A grimoire and a crystal hold properties that speak to each woman. Each woman has an experience with the legacy left to her and how to wield the power the God [...]

    11. I would like to thank the publisher, Orbit Books, for providing me with a digital advanced copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited to be approved as this book is SO in my wheelhouse. A historical family saga about witches? Yes, please. After having read the book, I have been hesitant to write this review because, honestly, A Secret History of Witches theoretically rang all my bells but failed to live up to my expectations. This was a so-so read for me. [...]

    12. This book was a gem! I really enjoyed it - it's a good blend of fantasy and historical fiction. I was initially very wary of a book that carries over 5 generations, but the characters are great - starting with Nanette who is sweet - not all of the ladies of the Orchiére line are quite so sweet, but all are such motivated and powerful characters. Though there is some magic, these witches prove to be powerful, even without it. One thing I do have to say is that it felt a little anti-climactic, th [...]

    13. This is a fun, inter-generational family history of witches. Each section features one of five Orchiére daughters and their story of how their magic develops, and how they find love in their lives (or not). But witches must always hide their powers from everyone else, for a woman with that kind of power is a danger to society. The novel begins in Brittany and ends in London, and moves from early 19th century all the way to WWII. It's at its strongest when the history comes alive and plays an in [...]

    14. The nitty-gritty: A multi-generational saga of a family of witches, with plenty of drama, familiars, and just a touch of magic.I’ve always loved multi-generational stories, although I usually associate them with historical and literary fiction, not fantasy. But Louisa Morgan has combined all three genres into a fascinating and far-reaching tale of a family of witches, a line that has been handed down through the generations from mother to daughter. Morgan’s tale begins in 1821 with a powerfu [...]

    15. Meh! Interesting enough to finish, but rather cyclical and predictable. The last witch story almost made me stop reading because one character was so ridiculous to introduce, but I was on an airplane, so I finished it. More continuity between the witches would have helped with depth of character.

    16. (I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)This was a fascinating book about 5 generations of witches living in England, and it combines fantasy with history in a very unique way. While each woman's story is fairly similar, the underlying themes about feminism and the mother-daughter relationship are wonderful. I found it interesting that, no matter the era, the women all knew that while men appeared to be in control, it's really the women who hold the [...]

    17. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.With its small doses of magic and potions, A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES is more a historical novel than fantasy. The novel follows six generations of Orchiére women handing down their witchcraft. As knowledge is passed down, elements are lost or corrupted. It doesn’t take long for ancestral rituals to be forgotten in the face of a changing society.A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES is an excellent examination of tradition, duty and love. Each generation of [...]

    18. Actual rating: 3.5I got a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed a lot of this book as I was reading it, but when I started to think too much about what was going on it often made me uncomfortable. I enjoyed the themes of loss and gain, how culture is passed or not passed from generation to generation, how language and social status and religion and oral history are or are not transmitted, and the factors that determine this.I wanted to like Veronica's book, but [...]

    19. Interesting concept, poor execution. I loved the idea of it being a multi-generational tale, however, Morgan's storytelling was unimaginative and repetitious. None of the women seemed to have a spine, which given their situation and circumstances could be overlooked if it wasn't for the absolute lack of character development. I would have liked more magic, or more descriptions of magic in general but what I got was a lot of misogyny and pointless dialogue.

    20. I had such high hopes for this book and it did start off well. The story covers 5 generations of witches and the craft is passed on from mother to daughter. The story became redundant after the 2nd generation. I continued with this book hoping it would get better, but sadly, it just plodded along.

    21. I liked this story. It's a multi generational story of women who use their magical powers to help future generations. Starting with Nanette in 1821 through Victoria into the 1940's these women secretly use their crystal stone to seek advice from past generations and to foresee the future. Well written with strong women set in Europe with gypsy roots this is an interesting book.

    22. This was an enjoyable book, yet I was left feeling ambivalent about it, I think because while some characters were well rounded (Ursule, for example) the later characters lacked the same dimension.

    23. Best book of the Year in my opinion. Beautifully written, flowed seamlessly from mother to daughter as stories of each generation unfolded. Excellent read. Historical, gripping, fantasy, desire, war. It has it all.

    24. It was a night shrouded in dense clouds in the year 1821 when the grizzled and gray Ursule Orchiére realized that her family was not safe. Urging her granddaughters and their husbands along a gritty path with the overlapping waves of an uneasy ocean guiding their way, Ursule tried to spirit her loved ones as far away from the town as she could. For in that town, they were beginning to burn witches. As the leader of the medieval Romani clan, Ursule had a lot to protect. A line of witches, their [...]

    25. ‘The Secret History of Witches’ by Louisa Morgan tells the multi-generational stories of the Orchieres’ witches, their lives, loves and the how witches were hunted over more than 100 years.Under normal circumstances, I don’t read books where there are different narrators – it is not a technique that I like. I have a difficult time telling unreliable narrators apart and determine the objectivity of the rest of the novel. In this case, the different narrator tells the stories of an Orchi [...]

    26. I received this advanced copy from Net Gallery in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately we cannot like every book we read and this was one of them. It lacked detail and couldn't keep my attention. It seemed that the stories of each daughter was just repeated with different names and very few details changed. Sorry can only give this book one star

    27. 3.5 stars. Very entertaining, but the witches influencing a historical event at the end (I don't want to give anything away) was ludicrous and just did not fit, imo.

    28. via my blog: bookstalkerblog.wordpress/“Oh, the craft! What good is it, if we spend our lives working like animals and living like peasants?” The ache of magic captivates five generations of witches from 19th Century Brittany whose bloodline reaches all the way into World War II. The women each have their own struggles with love, and in fact men seem to be their biggest threat, as much as for some their own greed, or fears. Where some of the women through time long to hide and accept fate, o [...]

    29. I can't completely decide how I feel about this book. I think my 3 stars is mostly because I liked the writing and found myself intrigued enough to want to finish it. But I found each generation's story to be too repetitive of the last. I nearly wanted to quit with Irene because she was so horrible, but at the same time I liked her because she was probably the most different from all the descended witches. I just wish each woman's story had been more different. Basically every generation went th [...]

    30. Six generations of a Rom witch family based in Britanny, Wales and England, from 1821 to 1937. When the last of the witches goes to London to work with Queen Elizabeth’s (view spoiler)[(the current queen’s mother) coven, well, that was too much for me, (hide spoiler)]but otherwise I quite liked this historical fiction. Recommended by Zasu Galdos- Shapiro from The Book Loft on WAMC’s Roundtable on 10/10/17. I borrowed this from my public library.

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