ABOUT THE BOOK:
Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the gossamer-fine veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable.
She and her husband Dan have given up their city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. Here she hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. But this high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys the charismatic loner who pursues Laura with fervor. And Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who seems to know so much but talks in riddles. And then there is Merlin.
Lamp Black, Wolf Grey tells both Laura’s story and Merlin’s. For once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nurse-maid to the children of the hated local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young, at the start of his renowned career as a magician, but when he refuses to help Lord Geraint it is Megan who may pay the price.
Some of my favourite books are those that tell a story from two perspectives – present day and the past (even if the ‘past’ is a time of fantasy). And, Paula Brackston does it better than anyone. In LAMP BLACK, WOLF GREY, we are told the tales of Laura and Megan. Both women have a connection to the legendary Merlin and watching it all unfold was an adventure from start to finish with past and present woven together.
Paula Brackston writes wonderful characters. Whether they are main or secondary, they are important in the story, and given the same consideration. Laura isn’t perfect and has a lot of baggage. But, I think I liked her all the more for it. My heart often broke for Megan. Descriptions of the Welsh countryside made me feel like I was there. She is honestly so amazing at transporting the reader to another place and time.
With each book I read, this author moves further up the list of my favourites. They are always entertaining and keep me guessing. I’m eager to read more of her books.
*I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review*