A Secret History of Witches MOBI ´ History of PDF

A Secret History of Witches MOBI ´ History of PDF

A Secret History of Witches [Epub] ➝ A Secret History of Witches ➢ Louisa Morgan – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk An ancient and dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most conseuential historic events of the last two centuriesAfter Grandmére Ursule gives her life to sav An ancient and History of PDF ↠ dangerous power is being handed down from mother to daughter through some of the most conseuential historic events of the last two centuriesAfter Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe her magic seems to die with her Even so her family keeps the Old Faith practicing A Secret eBook ô 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 anewFrom early th century Brittany to London during the Second World War five generations of witches fight the battles of their time deciding how far Secret History of Epub Ú they are willing to go to protect their family their heritage and ultimately all of our futures.


10 thoughts on “A Secret History of Witches

  1. Josie Josie says:

    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 daughter repeat The story was so bland and void of detail it almost felt like reading a textbook even the suspenseful parts with a fiery witch hunter on their trail just fizzled out to nothing My feminist soul was also cringing the entire time I recognize that during this time period women had very few rights but this family it set up right at the beginning to be a matriarchal society with the grandmother at the head whose orders are followed by all including the men Then upon her death all of a sudden we forget about all that and we resort back to sexist gender roles Our one protagonist at one point when finding she is pregnant actually thinks she was breedingwhat?? I was looking forward to a story full of strong women doing awesome witchy things nope They can do all sorts of crazy things at the tip of a hat yet still meekly follow the orders of the men around themwho are in full knowledge of their capabilities Found that extremely hard to accept And the sexism is not only limited to the women the men are also described as being incapable of crying or really any emotion at all get those gender stereotypes out of here We are talking about a book with witches and magic how about a little mutual respect and euality within the family The book wasn't even saved by interesting descriptions of magic for me There was no consistency with the magic system it worked sometimes and appeared to have limitless power and then didn't for no particular reason and back and forth The magical elements were just extremely unimaginative in general and didn't hold any interest Flat characters static plot and loads of sexism I'd give this read a pass For reviews and other bookish things visit my blog


  2. Boston Boston says:

    I want Also the fictional witchcraft in this was rooted in traditional practices and it was SO nice to see


  3. Judy Judy says:

    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 bond are emphasized throughout The daughters are passed the family grimoire and scrying stone left by the Orchiere family matriarch Grandmere Ursule A well written book mixing history and fantasyThanks to Louisa Morgan and Orbit Books Redhook through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review


  4. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 as seen in Nanette’s grandmother the powerful witch Ursule Orchiére For the sake of her clan Ursule had sacrificed her life when Nanette was just a little girl Now the family lives on a secluded farm along the Cornwall coast keeping to themselves lest they draw the attention of the town’s leery priestStill the sisters fear that the Orchiére gift will die with their generation—that is until Nanette falls pregnant following a brief tryst with a traveling farrier The birth of a baby girl named Ursule after Nanette’s legendary grandmother gives them all hope that their magical lineage will indeed survive And so we continue the story with the life of this Ursule following her as she learns the secret ways of her inheritance until she too meets a handsome stranger and conceives a daughter Irène passing on her powers Self centered and viciously ambitious Irène disdains the farming life and so goes on to charm her way into a marriage with a nobleman giving birth to Morwen And Morwen after escaping to London in order to get away from her horrible mother ends up finding love for herself giving birth to Veronica in the early 20th century Following in the footsteps of the Orchiére women who came before her Veronica must also find her own way to her magic and claim her birthright But even though than a century has passed since this story first started and Europe is on the cusp of the Second World War she will encounter many of the same challenges and uncertainties that her ancestors faced despite the changing timesWhether you’ll like A Secret History of Witches is going to highly depend on how you feel about multi generational novels Do you prefer stories that focus on just one or a few characters the whole way through? If yes then this one might be a struggle for the people you’ll get to know and connect with at the beginning won’t be around by the end and with each generation there are new faces to meet new stories to learn While certain themes will persist through all of the characters’ lives as their magical power is passed from mother to daughter each Orchiére woman will also have their own dedicated section of the novel containing a self contained plot arc with individual developments and conflicts My guess is that fans of familial epics or sweeping historical sagas will eat this one right up but those who are unused to this format might find it a bit jarringMyself I don’t mind novels spanning multiple generations but this one could have been stronger if it hadn’t been so repetitive Each section reads pretty much the same way the character first learns about her family’s magic is skeptical before becoming convinced and inevitably there will be a handsome stranger to come along to sweep her off her feet fathering a daughter on her More frustrating to me is that for all that the Orchiére women boast of their magic they only ever seem to use it to snag a man or to get pregnant which seems like a waste of their powers The author is also very heavy handed with the message about oppressive men whose fear leads them to hate a theme that was already firmly established by the time Nanette’s section was over so it just became exasperating by the third time this same diatribe was repeated from mother to daughterIs it any wonder then that my favorite Orchiére characters ended up being Irène and Veronica? Irène was a despicable selfish manipulative and shallow person as well as a terrible mother but at least her story felt very different from the others and that alone was enough to make her section the most interesting As for Veronica she may have used the gift for the sake of her love interest but at least she also put it to good use in aiding the war effort and it fascinated me to see how witches working together were able to affect the outcome of certain battlesOverall A Secret History of Witches was a book that started out strong but eventually the cyclical nature of the women’s stories became its main weakness In the end only a couple of the characters stood out That said Louisa Morgan’s writing is solid and I still think this novel would be good choice for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a light touch of fantasy or for those who enjoy the drama of family sagasAudiobook Comments Much like the story itself I thought Polly Lee’s narration was decent but could have been better Some of her accents were a bit iffy and I’m very sure that’s not how you pronounce “Samhain” Still there was nothing deal breaking about the performance though I can’t help but think the audiobook might have been immersive had they gone with multiple narrators one for each different Orchiére character


  5. Ash Ash says:

    A Secret History of Witches is a family saga that spans over a century It stars five generations of women – Nanette Ursule Irène Morwen and Veronica – from a Romani family the Orchiéres and takes us from Brittany to Cornwall to Wales to London The women of the Orchiére family carry on the family tradition of witchcraft passed down from mother to daughterThis book was a mixed bag for me with some things I enjoyed and others that could have been better What I loved the most though were the characters This book places its female characters at the center of the narrative; all the main characters are women and there is a strong focus on mother daughter relationships Each of the five main characters had a uniue personality that leapt off the page and I fell in love with them one by one They were what brought this story to life for meI also enjoyed Louisa Morgan’s writing style It was easy to sink into with a nice flow that kept me reading all the way through this five hundred plus page novel I can understand why some describe this book as repetitive and weren’t drawn in to the story The plot is very cyclical and there isn’t much action but that’s or less what I expect from a family sagaThe reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I’d hoped was that it didn’t meet my expectations for fantasy or for historical fiction; instead it sat awkwardly between the two genres On the one hand there were some parts that were just too far fetched for historical fiction But on the other hand there wasn’t enough magic for fantasy I was left unsatisfied on both frontsThe Orchiére women spoke freuently of magic to the point where it was obviously meant to be the focal point of the story but they rarely used it As other reviewers have mentioned they mostly used it to attract men who would impregnate them which was frustrating I often talk about missed opportunities that prevent books from living up to their full potential; this was a major oneBut overall I did enjoy this book even if it wasn’t uite what I’d hoped it would be I liked spending time with Morgan’s characters I might look into some of her other books and see if they interest me


  6. Juli Juli says:

    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 VeronicaThis book was at times a little too slow moving but there is such a strong mother daughter love through each generation that I felt that emotion was almost important than the magic The family grimoire and scrying stone speak differently to each generation as they receive their powers at pubertyAll in all I enjoyed this book At times the plot moved along a bit slowly and I felt the ending was a bit lack luster even abrupt But it didn't really hurt my enjoyment of the overall storythe characters their love for each other and how the passed down power effected them all a bit differently was enough to keep me reading What the story lacks in action it makes up for in emotion and a sense of Family passed down through generations Normally I tend to not like stories that span multiple generations because the charactertimegeneration changes can seem abrupt or some portions of the story can be left unresolved I didn't feel that way about this book except at the very end I felt this book was a nice mix of historical fiction and fantasy I would definitely read by this authorThe cover art is fantasticI voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Orbit Books via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own


  7. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    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


  8. Joanna Smith Joanna Smith says:

    ‘A Secret History of Witches’ is a generational tale of a long line of Romani witches and the relationship between mothers and daughters and the passing down of their shared history It’s also a story of families fleeing from persecution class and religious prejudices and also the importance of holding on to tradition and culture in an ever evolving modern world The novel beautifully explores the fragility of love and the power of survival with themes that are still relevant today


  9. Heather Heather says:

    Absolutely adored the multigenerational journey of magical women depicted in this wonderful book


  10. Debbie Debbie says:

    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 livesrelationships regardless of magic or no magic Though the family of the Romani at the start of the story does have a matriarchal setup the book shows that blending into acceptable society doesn't allow that to be flaunted and each generation of females in the line has the struggle to incorporate her own desires for independence with the current outlook some successfully than others; most in secret with the limits of the times affecting the overall outcome I don't think one can read a book about magic witches without suspending their need for a lot of realism so criticisms regarding that are fairly amusing This book is for entertainment and I think it succeeds—it entertained me I felt for the characters the good and not so good and wasn't disappointed in the delivery


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10 thoughts on “A Secret History of Witches

  1. Josie Josie says:

    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 daughter repeat The story was so bland and void of detail it almost felt like reading a textbook even the suspenseful parts with a fiery witch hunter on their trail just fizzled out to nothing My feminist soul was also cringing the entire time I recognize that during this time period women had very few rights but this family it set up right at the beginning to be a matriarchal society with the grandmother at the head whose orders are followed by all including the men Then upon her death all of a sudden we forget about all that and we resort back to sexist gender roles Our one protagonist at one point when finding she is pregnant actually thinks she was breedingwhat?? I was looking forward to a story full of strong women doing awesome witchy things nope They can do all sorts of crazy things at the tip of a hat yet still meekly follow the orders of the men around themwho are in full knowledge of their capabilities Found that extremely hard to accept And the sexism is not only limited to the women the men are also described as being incapable of crying or really any emotion at all get those gender stereotypes out of here We are talking about a book with witches and magic how about a little mutual respect and euality within the family The book wasn't even saved by interesting descriptions of magic for me There was no consistency with the magic system it worked sometimes and appeared to have limitless power and then didn't for no particular reason and back and forth The magical elements were just extremely unimaginative in general and didn't hold any interest Flat characters static plot and loads of sexism I'd give this read a pass For reviews and other bookish things visit my blog

  2. Boston Boston says:

    I want Also the fictional witchcraft in this was rooted in traditional practices and it was SO nice to see

  3. Judy Judy says:

    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 bond are emphasized throughout The daughters are passed the family grimoire and scrying stone left by the Orchiere family matriarch Grandmere Ursule A well written book mixing history and fantasyThanks to Louisa Morgan and Orbit Books Redhook through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 as seen in Nanette’s grandmother the powerful witch Ursule Orchiére For the sake of her clan Ursule had sacrificed her life when Nanette was just a little girl Now the family lives on a secluded farm along the Cornwall coast keeping to themselves lest they draw the attention of the town’s leery priestStill the sisters fear that the Orchiére gift will die with their generation—that is until Nanette falls pregnant following a brief tryst with a traveling farrier The birth of a baby girl named Ursule after Nanette’s legendary grandmother gives them all hope that their magical lineage will indeed survive And so we continue the story with the life of this Ursule following her as she learns the secret ways of her inheritance until she too meets a handsome stranger and conceives a daughter Irène passing on her powers Self centered and viciously ambitious Irène disdains the farming life and so goes on to charm her way into a marriage with a nobleman giving birth to Morwen And Morwen after escaping to London in order to get away from her horrible mother ends up finding love for herself giving birth to Veronica in the early 20th century Following in the footsteps of the Orchiére women who came before her Veronica must also find her own way to her magic and claim her birthright But even though than a century has passed since this story first started and Europe is on the cusp of the Second World War she will encounter many of the same challenges and uncertainties that her ancestors faced despite the changing timesWhether you’ll like A Secret History of Witches is going to highly depend on how you feel about multi generational novels Do you prefer stories that focus on just one or a few characters the whole way through? If yes then this one might be a struggle for the people you’ll get to know and connect with at the beginning won’t be around by the end and with each generation there are new faces to meet new stories to learn While certain themes will persist through all of the characters’ lives as their magical power is passed from mother to daughter each Orchiére woman will also have their own dedicated section of the novel containing a self contained plot arc with individual developments and conflicts My guess is that fans of familial epics or sweeping historical sagas will eat this one right up but those who are unused to this format might find it a bit jarringMyself I don’t mind novels spanning multiple generations but this one could have been stronger if it hadn’t been so repetitive Each section reads pretty much the same way the character first learns about her family’s magic is skeptical before becoming convinced and inevitably there will be a handsome stranger to come along to sweep her off her feet fathering a daughter on her More frustrating to me is that for all that the Orchiére women boast of their magic they only ever seem to use it to snag a man or to get pregnant which seems like a waste of their powers The author is also very heavy handed with the message about oppressive men whose fear leads them to hate a theme that was already firmly established by the time Nanette’s section was over so it just became exasperating by the third time this same diatribe was repeated from mother to daughterIs it any wonder then that my favorite Orchiére characters ended up being Irène and Veronica? Irène was a despicable selfish manipulative and shallow person as well as a terrible mother but at least her story felt very different from the others and that alone was enough to make her section the most interesting As for Veronica she may have used the gift for the sake of her love interest but at least she also put it to good use in aiding the war effort and it fascinated me to see how witches working together were able to affect the outcome of certain battlesOverall A Secret History of Witches was a book that started out strong but eventually the cyclical nature of the women’s stories became its main weakness In the end only a couple of the characters stood out That said Louisa Morgan’s writing is solid and I still think this novel would be good choice for readers who enjoy historical fiction with a light touch of fantasy or for those who enjoy the drama of family sagasAudiobook Comments Much like the story itself I thought Polly Lee’s narration was decent but could have been better Some of her accents were a bit iffy and I’m very sure that’s not how you pronounce “Samhain” Still there was nothing deal breaking about the performance though I can’t help but think the audiobook might have been immersive had they gone with multiple narrators one for each different Orchiére character

  5. Ash Ash says:

    A Secret History of Witches is a family saga that spans over a century It stars five generations of women – Nanette Ursule Irène Morwen and Veronica – from a Romani family the Orchiéres and takes us from Brittany to Cornwall to Wales to London The women of the Orchiére family carry on the family tradition of witchcraft passed down from mother to daughterThis book was a mixed bag for me with some things I enjoyed and others that could have been better What I loved the most though were the characters This book places its female characters at the center of the narrative; all the main characters are women and there is a strong focus on mother daughter relationships Each of the five main characters had a uniue personality that leapt off the page and I fell in love with them one by one They were what brought this story to life for meI also enjoyed Louisa Morgan’s writing style It was easy to sink into with a nice flow that kept me reading all the way through this five hundred plus page novel I can understand why some describe this book as repetitive and weren’t drawn in to the story The plot is very cyclical and there isn’t much action but that’s or less what I expect from a family sagaThe reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I’d hoped was that it didn’t meet my expectations for fantasy or for historical fiction; instead it sat awkwardly between the two genres On the one hand there were some parts that were just too far fetched for historical fiction But on the other hand there wasn’t enough magic for fantasy I was left unsatisfied on both frontsThe Orchiére women spoke freuently of magic to the point where it was obviously meant to be the focal point of the story but they rarely used it As other reviewers have mentioned they mostly used it to attract men who would impregnate them which was frustrating I often talk about missed opportunities that prevent books from living up to their full potential; this was a major oneBut overall I did enjoy this book even if it wasn’t uite what I’d hoped it would be I liked spending time with Morgan’s characters I might look into some of her other books and see if they interest me

  6. Juli Juli says:

    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 VeronicaThis book was at times a little too slow moving but there is such a strong mother daughter love through each generation that I felt that emotion was almost important than the magic The family grimoire and scrying stone speak differently to each generation as they receive their powers at pubertyAll in all I enjoyed this book At times the plot moved along a bit slowly and I felt the ending was a bit lack luster even abrupt But it didn't really hurt my enjoyment of the overall storythe characters their love for each other and how the passed down power effected them all a bit differently was enough to keep me reading What the story lacks in action it makes up for in emotion and a sense of Family passed down through generations Normally I tend to not like stories that span multiple generations because the charactertimegeneration changes can seem abrupt or some portions of the story can be left unresolved I didn't feel that way about this book except at the very end I felt this book was a nice mix of historical fiction and fantasy I would definitely read by this authorThe cover art is fantasticI voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Orbit Books via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own

  7. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    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

  8. Joanna Smith Joanna Smith says:

    ‘A Secret History of Witches’ is a generational tale of a long line of Romani witches and the relationship between mothers and daughters and the passing down of their shared history It’s also a story of families fleeing from persecution class and religious prejudices and also the importance of holding on to tradition and culture in an ever evolving modern world The novel beautifully explores the fragility of love and the power of survival with themes that are still relevant today

  9. Heather Heather says:

    Absolutely adored the multigenerational journey of magical women depicted in this wonderful book

  10. Debbie Debbie says:

    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 livesrelationships regardless of magic or no magic Though the family of the Romani at the start of the story does have a matriarchal setup the book shows that blending into acceptable society doesn't allow that to be flaunted and each generation of females in the line has the struggle to incorporate her own desires for independence with the current outlook some successfully than others; most in secret with the limits of the times affecting the overall outcome I don't think one can read a book about magic witches without suspending their need for a lot of realism so criticisms regarding that are fairly amusing This book is for entertainment and I think it succeeds—it entertained me I felt for the characters the good and not so good and wasn't disappointed in the delivery

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