The Return of the Witch by Paula Brackston
A couple of weeks ago I read The Witch's Daughter and completely loved it. I am excited that my turn to read its sequel came so quickly on the library wait list.
In The Return of the Witch five years have elapsed since the end of the previous novel. During that time Tegan has grown up, strengthening her witch powers and learning from some of the greatest witches, shamans, and healers around the world. She is not the fledgling witch Elizabeth left behind. Elizabeth spent the five years guarding Gideon in the Summerlands, a spirit prison, but he somehow managed to escape, and Elizabeth knows he will go straight for Tegan as revenge on her.
Gideon does go straight for Tegan and Elizabeth follows him as he takes her to her old home and time in the early 1600s. There he forces Elizabeth into a difficult position and Elizabeth's dear friend of her youth dies trying to help Elizabeth save Tegan. Elizabeth has needed the assistance of a time stepper to travel through time, and they next go London in the 1850's where Gideon plans to sacrifice Tegan to the devil under a complete solar eclipse. Just in the nick of time, and only by uniting their powers, Elizabeth and Tegan are able to overcome Gideon and eliminate him as a threat forever.
This book was engaging and exciting, and I turned the pages as fast as I could. I enjoyed the alternating chapters in Tegan's voice as hearing her experiences and perspectives really rounded out the story. One of my favorite parts of the previous book was the melding of historical fiction with fantasy and this book was nearly absent of the historical fiction aspect and a lot heavier on the fantasy than the first book, so I didn't love it quite as much, but still found it an enjoyable read, if not one I will recommend to everyone I know like the first book. If you have read the first book and enjoyed it, though, this is a decent sequel.