10 September, 2017

REVIEW: WINTER WITCH by Paula Brackston

Title: Winter Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Series: Shadow Chronicles #2
Genres: Witches, Historical, Fantasy
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release: 340
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 2013

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Fledgling witch Morgana must defend her love, her home, and her life in this enthralling tale perfect for fans of Discovery of Witches

In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana, who has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic. Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see her married, and Cai Jenkins, a widower from the far hills, 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. 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. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

EXPECTATIONS: First of all how beautiful is this cover??!!! This is the second installment into witch series by Paula, however each book can also stand on its own which is kinda great, even tho I did miss Elizabeth in this one. 

THE WORLD: So this book is set entirely in the past, the times that witches were killed and one person could turn the whole village against you. It was the dark times in history to be honest and reading stories set in that time is always interesting and frustrating at the same time. 

CHARACTERS: Morgana is just a child when we first meet her. She is also different in a way that she does not speak and well she is also a witch. Her mother in a way to keep Morgana alive marries her of to Cai and that is where most of the story takes place. At first Morgana is shy and because of her choice not to speak Cai does not know how exactly to communicate with her. It also does not help that some evil forces come to town. Basically this book is about Morgana mastering her powers and well saving the day. But let me just say that this story is way more than that, Morgana is actually a really likable character and the way she learns witchcraft is amazing. Cai is also a very gentleman of a husband that truly loves and cared for Morgana. The awkwardness when he tried to make her happy but does not know how makes you smile all the time. 

ROMANCE: In comparison to Witch's Daughter this book has much more romance. As Morgana is married to Cai they try to sort their life together. But it is nothing cheesy or laborious, it is cute and I loved how it overlapped and crossed over with the witchcraft.

GOOD: Again it is a historical witch fantasy so what is there not to love?

BAD: Again it was a bit slow, and the aspect of evil was kinda done many times before but I guess in this book it still felt good.

OVERALL: I liked the first book more but I was not exactly disappointed by this one either. Will be definitely continuing with the series. 

What do you think about THE WINTER WITCH?



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