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The Silver Witch – Paula Brackston

Title: The Silver Witch

Author: Paula Brackston

Genre: Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

Plot: Tilda Fordwells is recovering from her husband’s sudden death. She moves into the simple house they’d bought together in the Welsh countryside to help. Unusual things start to happen: animals start following her, the electricity shorts out and stays out no matter what Tilda does, and she starts seeing vision of people long dead by the lake. One person she sees looks a lot like her. In the time of the Celts, there lived a shaman names Seren. She was a powerful servant to the prince and lived by the same lake as Tilda does now. Seren had a vision that one day harm would come to the prince. The prince laughs her off even when the danger is rising. In modern times, Tilda’s heart is healing, but she is troubled by the visions that she keeps seeing. There is an archeological dig nearby. Tilda tries to help, but something strange is happening there, too. The strange happenings there seem to be connected to Tilda’s visions. But how? Can the strange happenings stop? Will Seren’s prince heed her warnings? Can everyone escape the impending danger?

Rating: 4.0 – A steady read that switches back and forth between past and present.

Opinion: I enjoyed the combination of fantasy with realistic fiction. The book switches between view points within the book, sometimes within the same chapter. It’s been one of the few books where I don’t mind the switching view points. Paula Brackston is an excellent author when it comes to magic and natural magic, yes like what people practice in real life. I find it good to learn about what others believe. Paula Brackston is good at blending fantasy with reality, as well as adding in historical fiction. I enjoy reading her books they’re great reads and I enjoy learning about history and magic. She always has good plot twists in her books, too. Including this book. If you’re looking for a good blend of realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction, I’d highly recommend this book.

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