Review: The Midnight Witch

Title: The Midnight Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: March 25, 2014
Paperback, ARC, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-00608-0
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary
Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. Lilith knows the Lazarus creed: secrecy and silence. To abandon either would put both the coven and all she holds dear in grave danger. She has spent her life honoring it, right down to her charming fiancĂ© and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt.

Until the day she meets Bram, a talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden from the man she loves.

To tell him will risk everything.

My thoughts:
From the author of The Winter Witch and The Witch's Daughter comes another paranormal tale set in the 1900's before World War I.  Lilith's father has just died and she is left bereaved. With her great loss she gains great responsibility as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And that's not all she has on her plate. Her brother is addicted to opium, her mother is depressed, and she's engaged to a Viscount who in all ways is her equal, but she doesn't love him. In fact she is in love with someone much different from the world in which she belongs. 

Bram is an artist. From the moment he first lays eyes on Lilith he can't stop thinking about her. He knows how different they are, but he doesn't care. Bram and Lilith fall in love, but there are dark things that want Lilith and that will take everything from her to get what they want. Including killing the people she loves.

The Midnight Witch is an intriguing  read. It kept me captivated with its mysteries. I love the time period that it's set in. There were times that I was frustrated with Lilith. She had a lot of power but she's a bit naive. So many things that happened to her she could have been avoided if she just talked to one of the elder witches. I also liked her conflict between Bram and Louis. Louis should be right for her, and he's a nice guy, but there's no chemistry between them. But in the world they grew up in, he's a perfect catch. Also he's a witch, so he'd understand what she's going through. Bram is none of these things, yet they have perfect chemistry. Duty verses love is a heavy theme in this book.

All in all this is a good read. It had it's ups and downs but I found it mostly enjoyable. I wasn't too fond of the ending, but it wasn't bad. I wouldn't mind reading more  books by this author.

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