A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan was published on September 5th, 2017 by Redhook. 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 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 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.
My thoughts: A Secret History of Witches is a very intriguing novel that follows the history of five generations of witches from a Romani Tribe of gypsies. From one generation to the next the craft gets passed down from mother to daughter. The five witches that the book follows is Nanette, Ursule, Irene, Morwen, and Veronica. As the craft gets passed along, so does the prosecution and fears. They try to hide their craft but each generation the power gets discovered and a witch dies. Each witch has a different level of power and must figure it out on their own. 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, Morgan writes such a detailed rich fantasy world with intriguing characters that all share a backstory that bond them together. This book is easy to get lost in with all its rich vivid history and amazingly vivid places. Overall, a great book for anyone who loves to read about the interesting world of witches.