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The Witches of BlackBrook (Witches of BlackBrook #1) by Tish Thawer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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Source: I bought this book from the author at Penned Con 2016.
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Urban
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: January 23, 2015

Back Cover

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?

Review

The prologue of the story takes readers to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1693 where Kara and Kenna are witnessing the execution of their eldest sister, Karina, for witchcraft.

After a brief visit to present-day Blackbrook, New York, readers discover that Karina cast a spell before she died at the stake that released her and her sisters' souls so that they could be reunited in the future.

Separated, the sisters have spent centuries searching for each other so that the full extent of their powers can be realized. However, there has been someone or something keeping them from being reunited. Will the sisters be reunited in this life, or will the evil that is blocking them end their journey forever?

Initially, the plot begins with a story that most people who have practiced the Craft know all too well: a person who was well-versed in medicinal herbs helped out her neighbors for a nominal fee, one of the townspeople she helped (or a friend of the townsperson she helped) went to the authorities and accused her of witchcraft, the person was "tried," usually found guilty of witchcraft, and was summarily executed.

At first glance, one might think that this is a trope that has been discussed ad nauseam before; however, Thawer introduces a unique twist to the plot when Karina casts a spell that releases the trio's souls so that they can be reunited in the future. Like the television show, Charmed, the three sisters' powers cannot be fully realized until they are together. Unlike the aforementioned television show, there is a noticeable lack of supernatural beings that are waiting their turn to help them or to kill them and an even more noticeable lack of drama caused by love interests and fashion.

Please note: I enjoy Charmed, despite some its glaring inaccuracies. In fact, I have all nine seasons on DVD. 

As much as I enjoyed the characters, I would have liked to have learned even more about them. Having said that, I think that Thawer restrained herself when developing the characters because giving her readers too much information would have ruined the plot twist near the end. Also, this is the first book in the series, and I anticipate that Thawer will reveal more about the sisters as the series progresses.

The one aspect of the book that really shined, in my opinion, was Thawer's knowledge of the history of witches, the Wiccan Crede, creating spells, and herbs. I was truly impressed by her knowledge and her ability to weave that knowledge into the plot.

With her unique voice, interesting characters, and knowledge of Wiccan history and lore, Thawer has taken what could have been considered as an unoriginal interpretation of Wiccan lore and turned it into a fascinating story that I finished in one night.

If you are interested in stories about the Salem witch trials or enjoyed Charmed, I recommend giving The Witches of Blackbrook a try. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

About Tish Thawer

The Witches of BlackBrook, Tish Thawer, author, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Tish Thawer, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received nominations for a RONE Award (Reward of Novel Excellence), and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery), as well as nominations and wins for Best Cover, and a Reader’s Choice Award.

​Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl Media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.
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