Author: Paige Crutcher
In Paige Crutcher’s The Lost Witch, a witch discovers that finding your way home is sometimes the most perilous journey of all.
1922. Brigid Heron is a powerful witch and healer in the seemingly lost, but charming small town of Evermore on a forgotten isle in Ireland. However, there is one thing that she longs for above all else: a child of her own. She is even willing to be seduced by the mysterious Luc Knightly, head of the Knightly coven, whose pull is potent and impossible to resist. When their child is born and falls ill, Brigid will risk anything to save her daughter–even tap into the forbidden magic of the Lough of Brionglóid. But when the wild magic takes her daughter from her, Brigid is swept away as well.
2022. Evermore is under siege. The witches of Knight have been using their chaos magic to widen the rift between the island and the Otherworld. Creatures from folklore prey on the villagers, consuming their very humanity.
Brigid awakens in this world with no memory of how she traveled into the future, but she learns that she helped unleash this curse on Evermore. To seal the lough and stop the witches of Knight, she must work with her magical descendants, Ophelia and Finola. But the knowledge she seeks lies with Luc Knightly himself—mysterious, handsome, and powerful. To save Evermore, Brigid may have to lose everything once again.
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The Lost Witch follows Brigid Heron who time travels from 1922 to 2022. Back in 1922, she lived in the small town of Evermore on an isle in Ireland. As the synopsis states, Brigid is seduced by Luc Knightly of a rival coven and ends up traveling 100 years in the future with no memory of the past. In 2022, she must work with her descendants, Ophelia and Finola, to try and reverse the past. Luc is also in present day with his memories still intact.
The author paints the picture of both timelines well, but the pacing is a little off in places. As the reader is piecing the story together while Brigid is slowly regaining her memories, it can be difficult to navigate the plot. There are the demons and other creatures that were released by accident through the time travel, so everyone must work to try and save everything. There is a nice “classic-ness” with the good versus evil idea that was comforting as a reader, but I do wish there were more directions for each plotline. There are a lot of holes to fill as the story moves forward, so I like that there were POVs added from a few of the characters, including Luc.
As Luc and Brigid were together years ago, it was nice to see the flashbacks about how this romance developed. I did expect more from this part of the story as I did not feel it enough to place it among the romance genres. Instead, I found this to be more women’s fiction where it is mostly about Brigid’s journey and growth. The writing itself was good, but the mixture of prose with the modern was a little difficult to follow at times. I love the mystery aspect and putting the puzzle together, but there is a little too much ambiguity at times where it distracted me. During those moments, I found myself skimming the paragraphs, so I wish that the transitions and details were given a little more care.
**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the opportunity to read this novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**