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Friday, 11 December 2015

BLOG TOUR: Review The Silver Witch - Paula Brackston

The Silver Witch (Shadow Chronicles Book 3)Title: The Silver Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Series: Shadow Chronicles #3
Publisher: Corsair, Little Brown Books
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 3rd December, 2015

My mind is like the willow; it flexes and springs. My heart is a knot of oak. Let them try to wound me. Let them try. One year after artist Tilda Forwells loses her husband, she is finally ready to move into the secluded Welsh cottage they were meant to be sharing together. In the valley below her mountain home is a mystical lake which inspires a strange energy in her. She starts to experience potent dreams, visions, presentiments which all lead her to Seren, the witch and shaman who legend has it lived on this lakeshore in Celtic times. As Tilda explores the lake's powers and her own, her connection to Seren grows stronger. And when she comes under grave threat, she must rely on Seren and this ancient magic to save her.
Paula Brackston is an author that I have wanted to read for a long time - since I started blogging really! When I was offered the opportunity to review her latest book, The Silver Witch I happily accepted. There was something so lovely and cozy about this book, but at the same time it was thrilling and intriguing. I felt like I connected with it purely because it's set not too far from where I grew up in Wales. I felt that reading the few Welsh words that were scattered through the book made me feel like I was back at home again and definitely gave me a case of the warm fuzzies.

The Silver Witch explores a Celtic era, something that I have never really read before. It was so immersive and interesting. The reason for my 3.5* rating is that I would have preferred to have read the entire story from the point of view of the Celtic characters rather than Tilda's. I was so fascinated by it and was eagerly flicking through the pages to try and figure out what was going on. Although this book had plenty of warm and fuzzy moments, it is also equally as thrilling. There's a decent amount of violence, superstition and plot twists to keep you turning the pages.

Paula Brackston is definitely an author that I will be visiting again. I love reading books which feature magic and intrigue and this book was packed with it - would definitely recommend!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really promising Leah, even despite not following the point of view of the Celtic characters! I've never read Brackston and this title is new to me so thanks for putting it on my radar :) xx


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