Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: "The Silver Witch," by Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston is one of those authors for whom I wait in agony to publish another book and then mourn when the book is read because I know it will be awhile before another comes out. I have read all of Brackston’s witch-related books (The Witch’s Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch -- despite the common witch theme, they are all stand-alone, completely unrelated stories), and now I’ve read the best one yet: The Silver Witch.

This amazing tale tells the story of two women who lived centuries apart, but whose lives become increasingly connected as the story unfolds. Tilda lives in modern times and mourns the unexpected death of her new husband. Living alone in the lakeside cottage they had bought together, she begins to experience strange phenomena. The electricity shorts out wherever she is. She sees a vision of ancient people rowing in a lake. Archaeologists are unearthing a grave that Tilda senses should be left undisturbed. And Tilda’s dog digs up an ancient piece of jewelry that has a very strange effect on Tilda whenever she wears it.

Then we also learn of Seren, a “seer” or witch who advised the prince of the lakeside people during Celtic times. Her visions predict his doom while he declares his love for Seren despite his politically arranged marriage. It is a dangerous time of warring kingdoms, and Seren’s influential position with the king is perilous. As Tilda uncovers more details about Seren, the woman she saw in the boat, she realizes that her life is interwoven with Seren’s in many mysterious ways.

The Silver Witch kept me under its spell from the start and ended with a heart-stopping encounter that lingered in my consciousness long after the book was put down. The lake was filled with magic, but so was the pen that recorded this haunting story. Don’t miss out on this mesmerizing read.

2015 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Disclaimer: I won this book in a giveaway. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.


  1. I'm here via the 2015 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.

    I'm glad I popped by - this sounds like a fantastic book! I'm adding it to my "to read" list on Goodreads :) The premise reminds me a little of "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe, where a modern woman researches what happened to her ancestor, a witch in Colonial times.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Colleen, and for the book recommendation! I'm currently reading "The Witch of Painted Sorrows," by M.J. Rose, and am really enjoying it so far. Stay tuned for my review!


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