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 are not to shatter her life once more.
Really Enjoyed this Book!
The Silver Witch is the first book I have read by Brackston, but I will definitely be reading her backlist. I liked her writing style, and enjoyed the book. While I connected with the current day storyline much more than the ancient one, that is purely personal preference on my part. I liked the main characters in the book, and found the story to be very interesting. Even though I'm not a big fan of the ancient time period Brackston used, I really liked the way the two storylines came together.
A year after her husband was killed in an accident on the trip home from their honeymoon, Tilda Fordwells moves to the cottage they bought together. Before long, she is seeing strange things and experiencing some unsettling episodes. She soon comes to believe that her life is tied to some events that happened in the area during ancient times involving a seer and witch named Seren. It soon seems that an ancient evil has been unleashed and that only Tilda can stop it. She has some support from Dylan, a man who catches her interest, and his uncle, a former professor.
I really liked this book and am glad that i finally gave this author a try. I'm looking forward to reading her other books. She created characters that I really enjoyed, wrote a storyline that I found interesting, and painted a vivid backdrop for the book that gave it exactly the right touch.