Author: Celia Rees Series: Witch Child Sequel Publisher: Candlewick Publication Date: March 2002 Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy Pages: 352 Buy: The Book Depository
Book Description: It came to Agnes unbidden: a vision of Mary Newbury, a young woman driven from her Puritan settlement, accused of being a witch. It is an image of a life about to change radically, as Mary defies all accepted norms — embracing independence, love, and loyalty to a Native American community that accepts her as one of their own. The two women’s lives are separated by almost four hundred years, but they are linked by more than blood. For, like Mary, Agnes has special powers — powers that Mary seeks to ensure that the rest of her story is told.
In this sequel to Witch Child, the writing and story is just as good. Unlike the first novel, we learn about what happened through Mary Newbury through Agnes; a new college student who has a spiritual connection with Mary. We get to see Agnes as she deals with this new information of seeing what happened to Mary throughout her lifetime. In the first book, the author portrayed it as if Allison – the woman who finds the diary pages in the quilt – had written the book and was asking for further information. We get to see Agnes and Allison connect and together continue to tell Mary’s story through this second book.
I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first book. It wraps up all the burning questions from book one (basically, what happens to Mary next) and sums up the rest of her life in a creative way. We get to see Agnes and her aunt, the people who’s medicinal knowledge was probably passed down by Mary and see how Mary affected the lives of so many.
Now I have to find Rees’s other works and give them a read.
My Rating: ★★★★