The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
Age range: Adult | Genre: Historical Fantasy | Paperback: 368 pages | Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (December 24, 2013)
About The Winter Witch:
New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in The Winter Witch–a spellbinding tale of love and magic.
“There’s a whiff of Harry Potter in the witchy conflict…. Love of landscape and lyrical writing lend charm, but it’s Brackston’s full-blooded storytelling that will hook the reader.” —Kirkus
“Brackston’s imaginative story is fascinating, polished and intriguing.” –CurledUp.com
“A whimsical and mystical tale that’s part romance part mystery part fantasy and all extraordinary.” –The Reading Frenzy
In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana, who has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see her married, and Cai Jenkins, a widower from the far hills, seems the best choice.
After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana’s affections. It’s not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there―a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.
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My Thoughts on The Winter Witch:
After I read The Witch’s Daughter, I knew I would be revisiting Paula Brackston’s section in the library. The Winter Witch is not a sequel, but a stand alone novel that is quite different from its predecessor. In it, a young, mute woman named Morgana marries a near stranger and must adjust to a new town and a new life while trying to harness her strange abilities.Of course, the transition is not a smooth one as she learns more about the man she married and he learns more about her. Their relationship grows very slowly, but the joy they find together is beautiful. I love the connection they make and the way they have to overcome several roadblocks to their relationship. One of those roadblocks is a sinister force working to bring about Morgana’s downfall and expulsion from her new home.
I like Morgana and her oddities. I liked the way she wouldn’t allow herself to be bullied. When she’s pushed into a corner, she fights tooth and nail to get out. I also like Cai, his patience, and his simple, unwavering love for Morgana.
I didn’t like this novel quite as well as The Witch’s Daughter, but I still had a great time reading it. I will continue with Brackston’s novels the next time I get a chance.
Content: Some violence and sex
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