The Silver Witch

The Silver Witch

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"A year after her husband's sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat's death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she's near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision; a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water. On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks. When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew. In her own time, Tilda's grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake's ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other's, suggesting a strong connection between the women. As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren's prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster is not to shatter her life once more. "--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781250086341
9781250028792
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,25 cm.

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AnnabelleLee27 Jun 26, 2017

An interesting & fast moving novel set in modern times with characters having a connection to people in the past. I found the historic character of Seren to be much more compelling than her modern day counterpart & often wished to stay with her narrative thread rather jumping into the present day narration. The novel has romance and action intertwined and while entertaining I did not find it particularly compelling or surprising. Still, it was a quick and enjoyable read.

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epelto12
Oct 30, 2015

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for an honest review.

Tilda Fordwells is still not used to living in her new house alone. The electricity never seems to stay on and her phobias prevent her from going too far from home, but her pride keeps her from moving back in with her parents. However, as she begins to meet her eclectic neighbors, she finds that she has a lot to learn about the ancient lake that she lives by.

Woven through the novel is the story of Seren Arianaidd, a witch from the area in 900 AD. Seren is met with much disapproval from her village on the crannog (a man-made island), but she is only interested in serving Prince Brynach. When she has a vision of the crannog under fire, she warns of a betrayal of those closest to Prince Brynach.

Tilda and Seren’s lives are somehow woven together, but it’s up to Tilda to figure out why strange things are happening around her — before someone gets hurt. “The Silver Witch” is a Celtic paranormal fantasy with twists that will leave you reeling.

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sunnydeesgal
Jul 13, 2015

Had a hard time getting into this book. Prefer Brackston's earlier novels . Other than Seren these characters were not easy to get involved with, lacked that something special.

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