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.
I was very happy to be asked to take part in the blog tour for Paula Brackston’s new novel, The Silver Witch. I had not read any of Paula’s previous novels so I was not sure what to expect. I was very intrigued by the description of this book.
The cover of this book is so beautiful. Bravo to the cover designers.
Paula’s style of writing drew me into the story straight away. With it being the third book in the Shadow Chronicles, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t know what was going on but it can be very easily read as a standalone novel. The description of the setting and characters are so lovely and vivid and is so atmospheric. I could really feel myself being pulled into the novel. It is also set around Christmas so reading it under the light of my Christmas tree really helped with the atmosphere (when reading Tilda’s chapters anyway.)
Books that combine history and fantasy appeal to me and so I couldn’t stop reading this book. The story is told from the perspective of two women.
Seren is a shaman in a small Welsh settlement in Celtic times. She is not liked by everyone in the village and her position soon puts her in a dangerous situation. I liked Seren’s part of the story. I found it very interesting.
Tilda lives in the modern-day and has just moved to a remote cottage after the sudden death of her husband. She is very withdrawn. However, she feels a connection to the area. An archaeological dig nearby coincides with things happening to her. I have to say, when the story is spilt like this, I usually favour one character’s story over the other but this time, I enjoyed reading about Seren and Tilda’s story equality. I liked finding out how each of the women were connected.
Overall, this was a well plotted novel. I am looking forward to reading more of Paula’s novels and I am fast becoming a fan.
(Thanks to Corsair/Little Brown for the review copy of this novel. It was released on 3rd December 2015 and is available from most UK bookstores.)
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