ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 others, 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.
This book, told from two points of view, is a wonderful tale that takes the reader back and forth from present day to a thousand years ago. As the story unfolds, Tilda and Seren’s lives intertwine and their connection becomes apparent. The author did a wonderful job creating (what I thought was) a plausible relationship between the women. Each woman has their own set of trials (Tilda is a recent widow, Seren is a witch who loves an already married prince). Their growth was wonderful to watch.
I very much enjoyed the Celtic history/mythology aspects of the book. In fact, I would have been interested in reading the book if it was JUST Seren’s story. I found her very intriguing and wanted to know more details about her. Not to say Tilda’s story didn’t engage me – it did! And, the author did a wonderful job going between the two characters. Sometimes it can get confusing, but not so for THE SILVER WITCH.
Paula Brackston writes interesting and different characters – nothing cookie cutter here! It’s well written and lovers of history, Celtic in particular, and/or, fantasy novels, will love should read this book.
*I received an e-book copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*