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Book Review: The Silver Witch

 

Connecting past and present, Paula Brackston’s The Silver Witch tells the story of two women - in very different times and circumstances - finding themselves and accepting their path in life.

Tilda Fordwells lives in present day Wales, having recently moved in to a cottage by a lake bought with her husband before his death. With the help of new friends and the land, she will learn to overcome her grief, becoming her own person once more and discovering a legacy she never suspected.

Seren is a Celtic Shaman and Healer concerned with keeping her people, prince and land healthy and her feelings in check. Through her visions and powers she tries to do what is best for those she loves.

Though divided by centuries, these two women’s paths intertwine in unexpected ways.

Paula Braxtonmanages to weave the supernatural in to the fabric of daily life in such a way that the magic and all aspects that would normally seem fanciful, seem to - very believably - be a natural part of the world around us. One we just have yet to experience or realise in our normal lives.

The characters are well written - coming together without losing their individual voices – although do seem in some instances to become swept away with what they should be doing to further the story even when in juxtaposition to their earlier statements or beliefs. This can lead to the characters in question exuding a slightly calculating or weak persona which does not marry well with their description until that moment. This, however, is a relatively minor fault in the story as a whole.

Even with its faults, The Silver Witch is a novel worth delving in to, if not only to experience this seamless marrying of reality and fantasy that Brackston has managed to achieve.

Written by Marie Zaharaki

Title   The Silver Witch 
Author   Paula Braxton
Publisher   Little, Brown Book Group UK
Edition   Paperback
ISBN   9781472150653
Price   £7.99 (GBP)
Pub. Date 
Dec 3, 2015

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