Published by Corsair on April 21, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Romance
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From The New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston comes an enchanting tale of love and magic that weaves a modern day heroine together with the ancient Celtic past
It has been one year since her husband’s sudden death and Tilda has moved to a secluded Welsh cottage to overcome her grief. She hoped her new home would end her visions of Mat’s death, but instead the lake 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 lake.
On this same lake in Celtic times lives Seren, a witch. She is respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision comes to her of the Prince in a nest of vipers she warns of betrayal from one of his own. Her loyal Prince believes her, but there are those in his inner circle who would blind him to the danger that lies in wait.
In her own time, Tilda’s grief begins to fades with 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 connection between the two women and their powers. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren’s prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic to protect the new life she has come to love.
The Silver Witch is a book told from two perspectives, the first view is from Tilda, a widow of one year, who ever since she moved to her house by the lake has been having strange visions. The second point of view is from Seren, a shaman from Celtic times.
It took me a long while to get into this book and there was moments when I wasn’t sure if this was a book for me. But then I fell in love with it. I became intrigued by what was happening to Tilda, why was she having these visions? What was the link between Tilda and Seren? And why were these things happening.
It was the Celtic history that drew me to this book and I loved how the history was interlinked with the modern times. The stories meshed and managed to compliment one another.
I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading other books by Brackston, especially to see how the other books in the series to see how they link each other.
The Silver Witch was an enjoyable fun book, with a great twist as the ending. Read and you won’t be disappointed.