Monday, 16 September 2013

Review: The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

Title: The Winter Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Author Info: Website|Blog
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 19th September 2013

Tell Me About It
'Wild places make wild people, but only some have magic blood. There are those with frozen hearts, whose souls know only winter. They would drive me from my home. It will not do. Really, it will not.'

In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has not spoken a word out loud since she was a child, and her silence - as well as the magic she can't quite control - makes her an oddity, a magnet for rumour, mystery . . . and resentment. Concerned for Morgana's safety, her mother arranges for Morgana to marry Cai Jenkins, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the nasty things folk say about her daughter.

Cai takes his new wife home to his farmstead. As Morgana falls in love with the rugged mountainous landscape, her husband slowly wins her heart - and it seems that she has finally found a harmony her soul had never dared dream of. But it isn't long before a dark force makes itself known - a force which will stop at nothing to turn everyone against her.

Determined to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power . . . or risk losing everything.

Let The Winter Witch sweep you back in time, to a wuthering place where magic is as nimble as a heart is strong.
My Thoughts
I received my copy of The Winter Witch from the publishers as part of the blog tour.  I had not previously heard of this book or the author, but after some quick research I quickly decided that I HAD to read this book.
When I began reading I thought the first few chapters really grabbed hold, but after that I found myself struggling to turn the pages.  In all honesty it was nothing to do with the story and more the size of the book itself.  Being over 400 pages long, and a hardback, it felt like the book was never ending and I thought I would never make a dent in it.  But I persevered and soon found myself wanting to know what happens, seeing if Morgana and Cai would find some way to make their relationship work and be 'normal'.
The Winter Witch follows Morgana, as she is sent to live with her husband after their marriage has been arranged by her Mother, not only to benefit Morgana, but also to benefit Cai. Without a wife he can't be a drover and it is something he was before His wife died, and something that has been passed down through his family.  Morgana is a strong willed character who you just can't help cheering on. She faced discrimination every single day of her life, and later on abuse from others, yet not once does she give up and walk away. She is determined to see it through and not let anyone scare her away. She faces things head on and when things get tough, she pushes even harder.

The Winter Witch had twists and turns that I never expected, and as each new revelation was uncovered it drew me into the plot even more. The last few chapters had me on tenterhooks wondering what was going to happen next, and when the ending was in sight I thought it ended perfectly. Once I finally fell into the world that Paula has created I found it hard to come out. I had to know what was going to happen to this couple and if the world they were building for themselves would stand the test of time. I found myself wanting to read faster to know how it ends, and as I saw the pages left to read getting smaller and smaller I found myself wanting to keep reading.  Magic is weaved seamlessly through the pages and you soon find yourself astounded with the power that Morgana has and what she can do with it.

Paula has written a story filled with magic, mystery and secrets, one you never know how it will all end.  The Winter Witch was an enjoyable read and I am glad I persevered with this book.

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