The Winter Witch

The Winter Witch

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New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in The Winter Witch , an enthralling tale of love and magic.

In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic--the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice.

After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life. But she soon falls in love with Cai's farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana's affections. It's not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village. A dark force is at work there--a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything in this beautifully written, enchanting novel.

"An enthralling tale of love and magic." - USA Today

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250001313
1250001315
Branch Call Number: BRACKSTON
Characteristics: vii, 341 p. ; 22 cm

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DragonRhapsody
Jun 09, 2016

I did not get into this book very well. I had a hard time really liking the main character, it's hard to like someone who is extremely standoffish as well as mute. And a lot of what happens is just....over the top. I found it very contrived and hard to immerse myself in the language and the world that she built (despite it being slightly historically "accurate" I suppose?). I read up until midway and decided that I was just NOT enjoying it. It take a long time to get going and it just felt like it was written for a "adults" in a way that was absolutely boring, melodramatic and full of purple prose. I prefer character and enticing world building and actual movement of the storyline. Not this.

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!"

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artemishi
Jun 03, 2014

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.

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Eil_1
Jan 13, 2014

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'.

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OhWhisht
Jun 02, 2013

This is an awesome book!

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

Well worth the read!!!

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Utterbackk
May 09, 2013

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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