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The Winter Witch

Brackston, Paula (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Mute fledgling witch Morgana is married for her safety to a kind farmer in the mountains of Wales before she is targeted by townspeople who are being manipulated by a dark force that compels Morgana to harness her powers.
Authors: Brackston, Paula
Title: The Winter witch
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
Characteristics: vii, 341 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Mute fledgling witch Morgana is married for her safety to a kind farmer in the mountains of Wales before she is targeted by townspeople who are being manipulated by a dark force that compels Morgana to harness her powers.
Local Note: 15 16 18 33 53 70 76 102 112 118 133 138 148 151 152 167 172 173 175 193 198 203 210 216 222 226 231 242 243 245 250
ISBN: 1250001315
9781250001313
Statement of Responsibility: Paula Brackston
Subject Headings: Wales Fiction. Witches Fiction.
Topical Term: Witches
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A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Awesome! Had a nice mysterious supernatural edge to it but it was also a sweet romantic book as well. Loved it!"

Jun 03, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Winter Witch was an okay read. It's definitely more romance than anything else, and (once again) Brackston embraces the black/white dichotomy of magic. That makes for a thrilling showdown, I suppose, but I'm a gal who is fascinated by the grey in life, so about 3/4 of the way through I was getting very frustrated. As you know, characters who are evil for the sake of being evil and with absolutely no human qualities....are boring.

Anyway, I digress. I loved the including of Welsh custom, and the concept of droves and country life in the...well, I have no idea, really. 1800s? 1700s? 1600s?

I also like the concept of a mute heroine, who accepts and embraces her muteness, although that's never actually explained.
Her Hamlet-esque hedging gets a bit redundant, especially when it continually causes problems and yet to she continues to do it, and there's a phrase she uses that loses its cleverness after about the 40th time. But in all, Morgana is a fun character, Cai is awesome, and everyone else is two-dimensional.

As a quick read without much meat, this is good for fans of witchcraft, Wales (and Great Britain in general), pastoral settings, and romance.

Jan 13, 2014
  • Eil_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Rented this on a whim - not knowing if I'd like the book - witches, etc. Not usually my type of book. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the story: a convincing heroine, her husband and the other characters who lent their good and bad to the story. It was definitely worth the read if you can be captivated by the 'unworldly'.

Jun 02, 2013
  • OhWhisht rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an awesome book!

I loved it, and will gladly look for more books by this author.

Well worth the read!!!

This book was not as good as The Witch's Daughter. It lacked excitement until the end. Probably wouldn't recommend.

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