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!"
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.
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'.
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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