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The Silver Witch: A Novel

The Silver Witch: A Novel

Scris de Paula Brackston

Povestit de Marisa Calin


The Silver Witch: A Novel

Scris de Paula Brackston

Povestit de Marisa Calin

evaluări:
4.5/5 (42 evaluări)
Lungime:
13 hours
Lansat:
Apr 21, 2015
ISBN:
9781427259837
Format:
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Descriere

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 newfound 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 other's, 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.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Lansat:
Apr 21, 2015
ISBN:
9781427259837
Format:
Carte audio

Despre autor

PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter and The Little Shop of Found Things, among others. Paula lives with her family in the historical border city of Hereford in the beautiful Wye valley. When not at her desk in her writing room, she enjoys long walks with the dog in a sublime landscape filled with the imprints of past lives and ancient times.


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  • (4/5)
    A story told over two time periods, one the present day and one in medieval times. The action centers on a lake in Wales.The heroine, Tilda, begins to have visions of apparitions of people clothed in ancient attire. It so happens that there is an archeological dig unearthing thousand year old grave sites on the other side of the lake. So, could it be that this might be the reason that Tilda is seeing these ghostlike forms? Also, why is Tilda the only person seeing them and no one else? Young readers and most adults will embrace this mystery that spans the centuries.
  • (4/5)
    I received this book via netgalley & Little Brown Book in exchange for an honest review The first thing i noticed about this book was its lovely cover.I have never read a book by Paula Brackston so was very happy to have had the opportunity to read this book as I do like History Myths and legends it did not disappoint.I really enjoyed the story. I would have given it 5 stars however with out spoiling the book for others i found the last chapter went on a bit...but that is just my personal opinion and would still highly recommend it!
  • (4/5)
    I think this book may be my favorite thing I've read from Paula Brackson so far (perhaps she needed to grow on me as an author?). Anyway, I loved the setting of remote Wales and a thousand-year-old ghost of a witch connecting with a modern-day woman. It was a delightful story, which just the right amounts of intrigue, pacing, and depth to make a satisfying tale. With its winter setting, this book would make for the perfect read on a snowy day with a cup of hot cocoa.
  • (4/5)
    The story revolves around 2 characters: Tilda, a 21st century woman suffering from grief after her husband is killed on their honeymoon, and Seren, a 10th century shaman in love with the prince. The narrative switches back and forth between the modern and the ancient, with each tale being engaging and of course, how the two women's lives intersect 10 centuries apart. The story moves and is engaging and interesting.
  • (4/5)
    As a newly widowed bride, Tilda moves into the home she and her husband had bought in Wales set high above an ancient lake. She quickly finds herself trying to deny, then control awakening powers which seem to connect her to a 10th Century Shaman. Powerful, scary and creepy at times.
  • (3/5)
    In the beginning I struggled with this book. I was not feeling it. Yet, I like this author's writing and wanted to give it another chance. So glad to report that it was my mood and the moment. Sometimes a book strikes you but it has to be the exact right moment and mood or the book will not do anything for you. I really liked Tilda. I thought she was going to be a downer. Just because some of the books I have read where the woman has lost her spouse, until they do some growing again, they are a wallflower. Yet, Tilda was strong, kind, and interesting. Seren's story was on the lacking side in the beginning. It was mainly focused on Tilda. So I was saddened by this lop-sidedness. But the parts I did read with Seren I found captivating. I liked this book.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION'S Pack Alpha - Chelle:--Actual rating 4.5 SkullsThe Silver Witch is a beautifully written Celtic fantasy with dual points of view. At first, the changing POV and tense tripped me up slightly, but as I got into the next two switching chapters I realized how fabulous that storytelling method could be. The book, taking place in both present and far past with interweaving storylines, was - pardon the pun - bewitching and magickal. We get to travel the road of Tilda, a modern-day artist overcoming the trials of her differentness and the weight of her grief at the loss of her husband as she desperately tries to build a new life in this beautiful, remote part of Wales. As well as Seren - witch, seer, and shaman to Prince Brynach, as she loses herself to the love that they come to share despite the problems it causes, and tries to keep him safe from the dangers that abound - both within and without of those closest to them. After we're introduced and immersed in both of their exciting journeys, we get to watch as their paths cross when circumstances bring them together through time and space, providing a tale rife with history (I found out that the setting of the book is one near and dear to the author's heart), growth, rebirth, triumph, love, and intrigue. The Silver Witch was another winner by Ms. Brackston, and I am so very happy that I was given the opportunity to read it. I am coming to absolutely love these stories, and look forward to each new one that she puts out.I highly recommend all of Ms. Brackston's work, but The Silver Witch is perfect for those looking for a fantasy romance steeped in history (though I cannot say one way or the other if the events referenced are actually factual) with two tales of finding love despite adverse circumstances, all tied together with a beautiful magickal bow.*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
  • (5/5)
    Such a great story and well rounded, thought out characters. The author does an excellent job of transporting the reader back and from from the past to the present. It’s very easy to fall in love with characters and the stories they tell. I am going to have to buy a hardcopy just to put on my shelf for whenever I feel like reading this story again.
  • (3/5)
    Just okay, nothing new. Plus dogs shouldn't eat mince pies...
  • (5/5)
    What a lovely read! The two seemingly unrelated stories fit together with ease and great climactic effect. If you’re a lover of magical phenomenon, old Celtic myths, and new romance, then this is a good pick!
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful story and well read with an authentic mixture of accents. Perhaps some times a little long winded but relaxing and insightful.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it narrator bought a lot to the story true storyteller.
  • (4/5)
    Tilda, a widow of one year, has finally moved into the remote Welsh cottage that she and her husband were going to live in until an accident put an end to their plans. She hopes to work on her pottery and find peace. Once there, however, strange things start happening. Modern things- whether it be the electricity, gasoline engines, or simply mechanical things like a grandfather clock- start refusing to work when she is around them. Then she sees a vision on the lake- three people in a canoe, not dressed in modern attire. Finally, she is seeing a horrific vision of a mutilated woman- a very angry mutilated woman- threatening her. And it all seems to be connected with an archeological dig next to the lake. In the novel’s second point of view, Seren lives in a hut by the same lake, more than a thousand years before Tilda’s time. Seren is a witch and a shaman who prophesizes for the local prince, who lives on a man-made island in the lake. She and the prince are in love, but the prince is married- a marriage made to cement an alliance. As Tilda learns more about the past, she also gains control over the powers she seems to have acquired by coming to the lake. But can she gain control well enough to defeat the very powerful ghost that is rising from the grave the archeologists are excavating? I enjoyed this book a great deal, although it took me a while to get into it. I loved the setting and season; winter in the secluded lake area puts Tilda largely on her own, despite a love interest. The ending managed to surprise me; it was obvious that the grave was very important but who was in it was not who I expected! Great atmosphere and I liked most of the characters, although some were rather flat, there to just serve a function. I’ll be looking for Brackston’s previously published books now.
  • (4/5)
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for an honest review.

    Tilda Fordwells is still not used to living in her new house alone. The electricity never seems to stay on and her phobias prevent her from going too far from home, but her pride keeps her from moving back in with her parents. However, as she begins to meet her eclectic neighbors, she finds that she has a lot to learn about the ancient lake that she lives by.

    Woven through the novel is the story of Seren Arianaidd, a witch from the area in 900 AD. Seren is met with much disapproval from her village on the crannog (a man-made island), but she is only interested in serving Prince Brynach. When she has a vision of the crannog under fire, she warns of a betrayal of those closest to Prince Brynach.

    Tilda and Seren’s lives are somehow woven together, but it’s up to Tilda to figure out why strange things are happening around her — before someone gets hurt. “The Silver Witch” is a Celtic paranormal fantasy with twists that will leave you reeling.