The Witches of BlackBrook

The Witches of BlackBrook

by Tish Thawer

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ISBN-13: 9780692457948
Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2015
Series: Witches of BlackBrook , #1
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 107,024
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tish Thawer writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.

She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.

You can find Tish on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer

A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?"

Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er". It's Persian!

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The Witches of BlackBrook 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CharityRowell-Stansbury More than 1 year ago
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. I really liked the characters and 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 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! I bought this book from the author at Penned Con 2016 and decided to review it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The first 100 pages of this novel have the 4 main characters involved in situations where the reader wants the plot to progress, but doesn't, because the author continually invents situations which don't allow the characters to get together to defeat the antagonist. I get that you need time to build background when flashing back 450 years. The story just moved way too slow with too many excuses by story characters not to work together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Couldn't put the book down...
In_The_Binding More than 1 year ago
This book was very different for me. After requesting a review copy from Xpresso Book Tours, I kind of thought to myself “What have you gotten yourself into?”. Not in a necessarily bad way, because that is one heck of a synopsis. But it was the fear of trying something new. Tish Thawer’s WITCHES OF BLACKBROOK was intriguing from the beginning. I’m a huge fan of the paranormal novels (obviously, since I’m writing in that genre), but something about her teasers scared me a bit. So once I cracked open that first page, I was relieved to find that it wasn’t going to be so horribly dark that I couldn’t stand it. Let’s face it, some of the witchy books can get a little…too much sometimes. There was a great balance in this book with lighthearted humor, suspense, mystery, romance, and friendship. I found myself constantly questioning what would happen next, which is always a great sign. Although I had guessed what would happen (because of the synopsis), I loved finding the twists and turns as they came along. The characters were very strong. I enjoyed Trin despite her sometimes bland personality. She was strong, loyal, and loving. For her to encounter what she did and still come out of it as herself is pretty revealing of her character. Seeing the different flashbacks and understanding the characters was essential, and I think that Tish did a really great job of revealing just enough each time. I wouldn’t call this book too much of a ‘steamy romance’. There are romance elements, but it primarily focuses on the suspense and story-line. Not necessarily a bad thing, since I LOVE a good story-line. But I just think it’s essential some of my readers know it because I read a lot of steamy romance lol. Overall, WITCHES OF BLACKBROOK was a very interesting read, and I would recommend it to my readers who enjoy a great paranormal story-line with lots of revealing plot twists.
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
This is one of those times where I judged the book by the cover. I do occasionally do that and this is one time it worked out well for me. I was led to a tale filled with magic, evil, history and sisterhood. While I enjoyed this book, I do feel the storyline progressed a bit too quickly to be realistic. She barely meets Jason and then is becoming friends with his cousin, Caris, and then the story explodes. I also felt like the interactions were a bit unnatural. However, it seems like the author hits her stride later in the book and everything seems to work out better. I don’t know much about the Wiccan religion but I do know about the power of three. I found it interesting that Thawer embraced that philosophy regarding the three sisters. Apart, they are powerful, but together, they are unstoppable. I highly recommend this book for anybody that has an interest in witchcraft. I remember reading The Crucible in high school; this book pulls some from that book and therefore documented historical events. I have to admit that I have never seen an episode of Charmed but I know what the show was about – the sisters in this book reminded me of the Halliwell sisters from the series. I was also reminded of the movie The Craft. I received this book for free in exchange for this review. This did not influence my opinion in any way; all thoughts are my own.
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
Starting in the very first few pages while getting to know the characters Trin and Kit I was instantly reminded of the television show Charmed. Because of this I instantly began picturing Trin as one of the sisters from the show. After not long I realized the comparison didn’t fit as well as I’d thought at first but the picture had been set in my mind. Since I absolutely adore the show I really enjoyed this mental imagery. I was able to get a ‘visual’ sense of some of the magic which made my reading experience even better! The story seems very character driven to me and a lot of the twists of the story were very predictable. A few times this got a bit tiring and I wanted to just get on with it already. I did enjoy finding out we got to the various different parts of the story. Plus there was one surprise that I didn’t see coming which I was happy about. I enjoyed the magical side of the story and would have loved to have had more of that. I wanted further explanation of the powers that each of the sisters had. I could have done without the over the top romance which felt almost syrupy sweet to me. It’s not that I didn’t like it at all but there were times it went over into the extreme and pushed me away from the story a little. Overall it was a great read which held my attention through the suspense. I knew where it would most likely end up but enjoyed finding out how it did so. For me, this was a book completely focused on the journey rather than a race to find out the conclusion. Fans of romance and magic or interesting spin offs to historical events like the Salem Witch Trials should give this a try. This eGalley was provided free from the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Xpresso Reads in return for a fair and honest review. This is an enjoyable and entertaining tale told in the present time but with flashbacks to Salem. It is smoothly linked and always done with a reason, not simply gratuitous. With lots of intrigue and suspense to keep you turning the pages, this is a story that is an easy read with plenty of references made to Wicca and the correspondences to various flowers and crystals etc. I enjoyed this story and didn't find any editing or grammatical errors. I enjoyed the climax to the story although it didn't really comes as a surprise. However, I wasn't reading it for the shock value so this in no way detracted from the story for me. It did remind me of 'Charmed' in more ways than one so I would have no hesitation in recommending this for any fans of Charmed or their version of Wicca. Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
MelissaJ72 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book overall and while I did have a bit of trouble really connecting with the characters but they were likable enough. I found the story line intriguing and ended up reading it straight through. Its a pretty easy going read, kind of slower paced. I loved how the author wove the historical aspects into the story which made all the more interesting. I was surprised and delighted by the end and will be looking out for the next book in the series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
reignbough1973 More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this book. The storyline writing and character construction was great. I was engaged from the very first chapter all the way through to the end of the book. I was saddened when it was over. You know you've read a really good book when you get a little depressed once you read the last line because it forces you to leave the world created by the author. Where the love interest can fall flat in some books, it does no such thing here. While I am not versed in Wiccan history, I was still able to follow the storyline without getting lost. I am also excited that Ms. Thawer has quite a few other titles available for me to read. I am very much looking forward to exploring her other work. I think I will begin with Raven's Breath: The Women of Purgatory (Book 1). Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
Ltgalloway More than 1 year ago
Overall, The Witches of Blackbrook is a cute read, but considering the material, I really wanted it to be darker. Don’t get me wrong. It’s perfect as a teen read. Sex is hinted at, fading to black. Not one single swear. But there’s also murder, and a witch being burned at the stake. Considering the mature themes, it was a strange contrast to have the book feel so light. It’s categorized as being New Adult, but I really didn’t feel like there was anything overtly sexual or too violent for a teenager. When it comes to books with witchcraft, I’m always excited to see how the magic is portrayed. Sometimes the magic is merely thoughts brought to reality, maybe there’s sparks or lightning, or sometimes the author will just try to describe the intangible. In this case, there are actual spoken spells. I found that I actually enjoyed the rhyming spells. They were well thought out and didn’t come across as cheesy or forced. It fit in well with the characters, well rounding out the plot. Speaking of plot, I had it figured out pretty quickly. No big surprises, though I still enjoyed the journey. I especially liked the flashbacks to their past lives, and I wished there had been more of those scenes. That was a whole half of the story that could have been explored further. Prequel perhaps? A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Julie_C More than 1 year ago
Awesome read. Loved the characters and the storyline.
Scooby65 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Lots of twists and turns. Hard to put down.
Candy-Prisoners-of-Print More than 1 year ago
I will be the first to admit that when it comes to the paranormal genre, I am very picky as to what books I will read. I think it has to be done in the right way in order for me to enjoy it because it can’t overshadow the plot. With my fascination of the Salem Witch Trials and everything surrounding that part of our history, I knew that I would want to read The Witches of BlackBrook the moment I stumbled across the synopsis. Needless to say, this one hit every single one of my requirements and then some. I was utterly consumed and unable to put this incredibly well written novel down! “Together remain, and from fighting refrain, as the bond you share, time will not wear. So mote it be.” As a female, I adore a good, strong heroine, but to have a book that was all about female empowerment and the spirit of a woman was incredibly special. It’s so rare to see a novel these days where the female steals the show, but Witches of BlackBrook really did just that. There was a small bit of romance, but the hero never outshone what the females could do. The main component is the bond of sisterhood; one that, no matter what, would survive through space, time, and any circumstance presented to these special sisters. “Transported across time and space, she saw herself, Kara, and Kenna together, then watched as they shifted from one life to another, their faces different but their souls the same. Bound by the same energy each and every time, drawn by the heart but forced to remain apart.” The book takes place mainly in modern day times, but it also highlights scenes in the Salem Witch Trials period. There was something very unique and special with the way that Thawer chose to do this. It enhanced the story by bringing a deeper understanding of the relationship between the characters, but also of their current desires. I felt that the plot was original and twisty with things I didn’t really predict happening. The paranormal element was sheer perfection and left this reader wanting more and more. “Trin opened herself in that moment, heart and soul, and knew in an instant what they needed to do.” Overall, The Witches of BlackBrook was a grand slam for me. I was so enchanted by this spellbinding tale of hope, love, and a bond that can’t be broken. There was something special about it and I honestly think it had something for all different types of readers. Whether you’re into romance, historical, paranormal, new adult, etc. the author effortlessly weaves so many elements together to create a flawless experience for whoever picks it up. If you’re looking to be enchanted and escape your mind for a couple hours, I highly suggest picking up The Witches of BlackBrook and diving on in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I absolutely loved this book! I didn't want to put it down. I would have read it straight through if I could have. I love all the Wiccan content, the story line was great and kept me guessing the whole time, great writing as well. Can't wait to read more from this author. ***I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits down next to her, and puts an arm around her shoulder.