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The Silver Witch (2015)

af Paula Brackston

Serier: The Witch (4)

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"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 is not to shatter her life once more. "--… (mere)
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I had a hard time getting through this one, but I like the cover a lot. I also like how much art makes a difference in the lives of the main characters, especially pottery, which I don't see too much in modern literature. I feel like this book had so many characters to keep track of, even though only three or four were really the main people to follow. In reading this one I kind of skipped some of the middle bits, good ending though. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
You can also read my review on my WordPress Blog Flora's Musings...

This is a beautifully written paranormal tale that spans the ages. It has romance, mystery and danger with a duel plot that connects an ancient Welsh Celtic seer/shaman/witch and a modern day ceramics artist looking to find herself after the tragic death of her new husband.

Although this book is listed on Amazon as the third book in Ms Brackston’s “Shadow Chronicles”, it can be read as a standalone title.

...So, what did I like about it?
I haven’t read any of Ms Brackston’s previous books but I found myself captivated with her beautiful and descriptive use of language. I liked the way that this intriguing tale was told from both of our heroine’s perspectives (Tilda in the here and now and Seren in the Celtic past) and felt that the sad scenes, tense scenes, mysterious scenes and romantic ones were all written particularly well giving us a good balanced plot, with a sprinkle of humour thrown into the mix.
Although this is a work of fiction, the attention to historic detail and the care that was obviously taken when writing her characters made Ms Brackston’s world and the people in it feel very real to me.
I loved the way the story kept us guessing in both the Celtic past and Welsh present; how were the worlds connected? Who was buried in the unmarked grave? What became of Seren and would Tilda solve the mystery in time to have her happily ever after?

...So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
No (hence the 5 star review).
I have read reviews that complained of a slow start but I enjoyed the gentle way in which Tilda and Seren’s stories were revealed and how the mystery and subsequent danger gradually built, it’s reminiscent of our great literary heroes and the classics that have endured the test of time.

...So, basically what I’m saying is...
No cliff-hangers, a self contained story within one book; a good mystery, a lovely romance, paranormal happenings and all my questions answered by the end.
I’ve loved reading this book!

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery stories, historical fiction and paranormal tales as well as readers of YA novels too as there is no explicit sexual content and only a handful of expletives.


Although this book is already available digitally and in paperback in Canada & USA, it’s not being published in UK & Australia until 3rd December but I was lucky enough to be given a digital copy for free from the publisher (Little, Brown Book Group UK) via Netgally.com in exchange for a fair review.
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  -Flora- | Nov 8, 2020 |
I really loved Paula Brackston's The Witch's Daughter and The Winter Witch. I was not that happy with The Midnight Witch and thought the story started to drag on forever to the point that I no longer cared how we got to the end, I just wanted to get there. I liked The Silver Witch much more than I did The Midnight Witch, but found that I had problems with this book, that were different than the issues I had with the last one.

Told in the third person, we have a book from two character's points of view. First, Tilda a widowed young woman trying to move on with her life. Second, Seren, a woman that lived centuries earlier.

I ended up giving this book just 3.5 stars due to the following:

First, the pacing of this novel was all over the place. I think that having the book broken up into two points of view (one being Tilda and the second being a young woman named Seren) was a good idea. However, with books like this, there tends to be a stronger voice that the reader likes more. In my case, I was invested more in the character of Seren and the passages that detailed her life. The sections dealing with Tilda were not that interesting until the very end of the book when you find out her connection to what is going on. I also had problems with the fact that the character of Tilda remained pretty much a mystery. I think I was already past the halfway point when I got the idea of what was going on with her and how she was "different." I don't need a huge information dump, however pieces of the puzzle being dropped here and there while the author has another "voice" in the novel the reader is supposed to be following as well made it a bit hard to figure out what the big deal with Tilda was and by the time I found out, I mentally shrugged.

Second, the character of Tilda didn't have enough substance for me and her "magic" made no sense.

For example, we hear about her deceased husband, however, I honestly didn't feel the emotion that she should have felt dealing with his loss. I had a lot of tell and not enough show for me. Maybe it would have helped if we had any dialogue/flashbacks providing some glimpses into their relationship. When we have Tilda trying to figure out the mystery of what is going on with her and her visions since I already knew as a reader who she was seeing, I found myself getting bored with those passages. We had to wait until about 3/4 of the book I recall before Tilda caught up with the rest of us readers. Maybe it would have been better, to not have the book broken up by two different voices.

Regarding Tilda's magic, it makes no sense at all. Especially when you figure out her connections. I am still scratching my head at it and decided to not dwell on it anymore.

Third, the romance that was introduced in the novel didn't work for me, for either characters. With regards to Tilda, I didn't feel any chemistry at all between her and her romantic partner. And Seren's romantic partner may end up angering some people.


Seren gets involved with a married Prince.


It didn't bother me. I had more of a problem with the fact that Seren's romantic partner didn't seem real to me. Throughout the entire book this person was just a blank slate and didn't seem to have much of a personality.

I really adored this cover though. I swear that Paula Brackston's covers are some of the prettiest I have ever seen.

Also, like I said, the chapters describing Seren and her life were the best parts of the book for me.I would have loved it if we actually just had a book told from Seren's point of view. Paula Brackston is able to mix storytelling with the history of the regions she writes about very well which is always what I enjoyed about her previous books.

Please note that I received this book for free via the Amazon Vine Program. This book will be released on April 21, 2015. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Well, I liked it, but didn't love it, for the following:

The editing wasn't great.
The relationship with Dylan was a bit pathetic, really.
The pros were a lot flowery for my taste.
And, it seemed to take forever to get to it!
The switching back and forth in time wasn't my cup of tea.
While I was able to get attached to Tilda, I didn't give two frogs about Seren, so I found her bits necessary, but not very enjoyable.

Good bits?

I loved the idea of the thing.
I did get attached to Tilda.
Thistle was brilliant.
Wales.
It was a fast read, whenever I was on the Tilda bits, it really moved.
Super Powers rock. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
Ceramic artist Tilda Fordwell has moved into the Cottage in Welsh that she and her husband had purchased. But sadly they never got to live there. One year before Matt died in a traffic accident, but Tilda hopes that the lovely cottage and the peaceful surrounding will be good for her. But strange things start to happen after a while, electrical shorts outs and visions. Is there something, someone from the past that is reaching out to her?

I read The Midnight Witch last year, but I couldn't really take to it. The story didn't work for me, but this book; the parallel storyline with Tilda in the present time and Seren in the past work well for me. I liked how the two stories were linked to each other and I enjoyed both stories and how the events in the past influenced in the future. I was I admit a bit enjoyed sometimes with Seren and Prince Brynach. Mostly how blind he was about the danger they were in despite how Seren warned him. She's a god damn seeress, but he seemed to listen tp her only when he wanted to. And frankly, I could understand Brynach wife for being angry with Seren.

In the present time, Tilda is trying to figure out why she is having "power" and what the visions means and I found it intriguing to learn more of the past from her point of view at the same time reading about it as Seren is living it.

I liked the book, but I didn't love it. It was enjoyable to read, but it wasn't really a book that had an impact on me. I liked Tilda's story best I think, I found it more interesting and I was never annoyed with her as I was with Seren and Prince Brynach. Tilda and Dylan's relationship worked for me in that it didn't felt rushed. And, reading the ending made me wondering if them meeting perhaps was meant to be...

Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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"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 is not to shatter her life once more. "--

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