Monday, April 6, 2015

[ARC Review]: The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

Title: The Silver Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Release Date: April 21, 2015

I received this book from St. Martin's Press, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: A year after her husband’s sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat’s death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her – a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she’s near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water.

On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew.

In her own time, Tilda’s grief begins to fade beside her new found powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake’s ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each others, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren’s prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more. 

Thoughts: This book is set in Wales and tells the tale of two women. Tilda, a widow of present day and Seren a witch/shaman of Celtic times.  The Silver Witch was an excellent read.  I was enthralled from the beginning. A story of strong women, love and magic. The past and present, magic and fantasy are weaved together stunningly.  Ms. Brackston brings the sweeping landscapes of Wales to life.  It is descriptive and beautiful. Makes you feel like you are there with the characters. A must read.

Score: 5 Stars

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Titles by Paula Brackston:
The Witch's Daughter
The Winter Witch
The Midnight Witch
The Silver Witch

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