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Book review: The Silver Witch, by Paula Brackston

Book cover from Goodreads

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.

Oh man, I should have done this from days ago, but then not only was I lazy (classic excuse) but I was also a bit caught up at work (another classic and lame excuse). But, oh well, I’m here now and I’m doing it, so bear with me, kay? Here’s one thing you need to know first, I have been going on a long and arduous trip to get this book. For some reason, I just couldn’t find one, but then I did and I read it anyway. Honestly the premise was a bit of a snoozefest for me. I’m not a big fan of stories that started off with someone recovering from the loss of someone important in their life and move to a new place and yadda yadda turns out this person had a connection to someone from the past at the the exact location that she’s living now. Yeah, yeah what else is new? But the cover of this book is so beautiful, right? I knew I had to at least gave this book a chance before condemning it entirely.

Hahahahaha…..ha. Jokes on me, though. Because this book is DAZZLING! I love this book so much, well what I meant is I love the story so much. It took a while for me to get the hang of how the story works and to distinguished which storyline belongs to Tilda and which one is Seren’s (even though there clearly is a huge capitalised letters of each name on top before the story starts, I can be my own worst enemy at times), but once I did get the hang of the story I see myself not being able to put the book down.

Indeed, there were times where I’m beginning to question the genre of this book; is it fantasy slash historical fiction or is it just downright supposed to be something that scared the life out of me? But hey, no complaint there, I’m just saying that this book did a great job in covering the whole historical fiction part while maintaining the element of surprise that is a good reminiscent of HORROR MOVIES (which to be perfectly honest about it, I am not a big fan) but I don’t mind, I just enjoy the story so much.

Looking back, I can’t seem to pin point what is it about the book and the story that I love so much. Honestly, magic-wise, it was quite okay, nothing grand there. History-wise, eh it was alright, nothing specific about it anyway. But, here’s one thing that I think is the highlight of the story; the author’s ability to build the scenery through words. 80% of the scenery in the books are literally something that range between fog, snow, rain, gloom, sad, dark, cry (you get what I mean), but the author manages to make it more than just a cold and gloomy place; she had made the place filled with a hint of romance and calm and solitude and just generally a place I would want to spend my time at.

Okay, where am I going with this? I guess, you just have to read the book to understand why I would recommend this to those with interest on historical fiction and/or anything related to witches. Okay, I’m out. I am so not nailing this book review thing, aren’t I? Oh, another suggestion if ever you decided to read this book, do accompany yourself with nature sounds. If you’re one of those lucky souls who can just open their windows and be surrounded by the chirping of birds or the sound of rain falls, then you have that covered already. But, if you’re not so lucky (looks at self), you can just go and find those perfect nature sounds playlist on Spotify; that being said, might I suggest sounds like thunderstorm mixed with crackling fireplace?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Silver Witch

Author: Paula Brackston

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

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