Author: Celia Rees Series: Witch Child, Book 1 Publisher: Candlewick Publication Date: May 2009 Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Pages: 261 Buy: The Book Depository
Book Description: Welcome to the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary’s startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. How long can she hide her true identity? Will she ever find a place where her healing powers will not be feared?
I first read this book when I was in my early teens. I loved it then and I still love it now. I really enjoy a good historical fiction novel and this is a great one for YA readers. The writing is very well done. It is descriptive and a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed that it is written in first person like a diary. This book isn’t fast paced or full of action. It doesn’t have a love triangle or a romance (that while isn’t necessary is still there). That’s why I love this book. It doesn’t fall into the YA cliches that we have now and it feels real. The fantasy/magic involved in this book isn’t spells and incantations or ouija boards. It’s herbs and healing knowledge and magic that is old and ingrained into this earth. This book reads like a journal of someone who could have actually lived.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to any fan of historical fiction or fantasy novels. It’s a fast read and one that you can curl up with on a rainy day and just enjoy. I know I’ll come back and read it again someday.
My Rating: ★★★★