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The Winter Witch (Shadow Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Paula Brackston
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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'Wild places make wild people, but only some have magic blood. There are those with frozen hearts, whose souls know only winter. They would drive me from my home. It will not do. Really, it will not.'

In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has not spoken a word out loud since she was a child, and her silence - as well as the magic she can't quite control - makes her an oddity, a magnet for rumour, mystery . . . and resentment. Concerned for Morgana's safety, her mother arranges for Morgana to marry Cai Jenkins, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the nasty things folk say about her daughter.

Cai takes his new wife home to his farmstead. As Morgana falls in love with the rugged mountainous landscape, her husband slowly wins her heart - and it seems that she has finally found a harmony her soul had never dared dream of. But it isn't long before a dark force makes itself known - a force which will stop at nothing to turn everyone against her.

Determined to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power . . . or risk losing everything.

Let The Winter Witch sweep you back in time, to a wuthering place where magic is as nimble as a heart is strong.

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'A riveting tale of sorcery and time travel' - Marie Claire.

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"A lyrical and spell-binding time travel fantasy featuring an immortal witch who must summon all her powers to defeat the evil hounding her through the centuries." --Mary Sharratt, author of "Daughters of the Witching Hill"

"Brackston delivers an intimate paranormal romance that grounds its fantasy in the reality of a 19th century Welsh farm." --Publishers Weekly

"There's a whiff of Harry Potter in the witchy conflict--a battle betweehe Witch's Daughter, 2011).... Love of landscape and lyrical writing lend charm, but it's Brackston's full-blooded storytelling that will hook the reader." --"Kirkus"

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Fledgling witch Morgana must defend her love, her home, and her life in this enthralling tale. Lush historical fantasy . . . Page-turning romance . . . And witches. Meet Britain's answer to Deborah Harkness: Paula Brackston.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250001315
  • Publisher: Corsair (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Reading 27 Sept. 2013
By Claire
Another spell binder from Paula Brackston. One of the most interesting and better written books I have read in a good while. The author creates a fascinating and beautifully drawn world of historic Mid Wales that's really worth reading in itself, added to that you have romance and relationships between some really well-crafted characters that reader can empathise with, then you have the mystery of the story with a few twists and turns plus the excitement of the supernatural or magical side of the story. I would thoroughly recommend it. If there is a problem it is that once you pick the book up you get hooked so prepare for evenings spent reading until 2am or later!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Witch 28 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is set, mainly, in the wild hills of early nineteenth century Wales which are vividly described by the author who, I understand, has lived in the region for many years. The story revolves around Cai, a drover and Morgana who came together through an arranged marriage. I had known little about the life of a drover before I read this book and was fascinated to learn of their improbable journeys, driving cattle, sheep and other livestock from West Wales to the lucrative markets in London, a journey which would take many weeks. And then, of course, there is the titanic battle between good and evil, witch against witch. JG.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dull 3 Feb. 2014
This one was a real snoozer. I'm a fairly tolerant reader, especially when it comes to historical fiction, but at the half-way mark I was bored with a capital "B". The premise sounds promising, but the mystery and magic is buried in thick scenes of cattle herding, horse-shoeing, animals dying and pastoral walks and rides. If you're a horse lover, perhaps this will interest you, but I found the logistics too tedious, killing any action that occurred. I dreaded these scenes and reluctantly began thumbing through the pages hoping that the story would pick up. I'm not certain why some of the lengthy details were important other than to quench the interest and knowledge of the author. In writing, there is always a fine line between completing the character by developing their legitimate expertise and life-style, and detailing diarrhea. I do respect the thoroughness of the characterization; however, it just didn't appeal to my area of interest. I was hoping for more strangeness, mystery, magic and witchy goodness. Instead, I got rugged mountain scenes, how to drive a herd and horse shoeing.

Since the lead female is mute, the entire POV is told from inside her head, thus, cutting out any dialogue. This could be creatively interesting if relieved with well-placed humor, but she is rather serious all the time, which lends to a rather depressing and intense read with little or no break in monotonous tension. She lacks dimension and because of this, ruined the appeal for me. The approach was deficient and the thoughts of the character stumbled towards purple prose rather than true thoughts and perspective. When choosing to be inside a character's head for that length of time it is important to fully explore what goes on there.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drawn out and strange narrative 20 Sept. 2013
Witches are one of my favourite subjects in books because there are so many different variations of how they are written so I was really looking forward to The Winter Witch.

To start with, The Winter Witch is told from a very strange point of view. Part of the story is told in the first person through Morgana but then also in the third person at times, which is mostly when the story surrounds Cai. I have to be honest and say I absolutely hated this. I found it very confusing for the narrative to change so often and I just couldn't get on with this way of the story being told. I would have much preferred for either one or the other to have been picked and for the author to have stuck with that throughout.

I really enjoyed the beginning of The Winter Witch. Morgana is a woman with many secrets and she has a great air of mystery surrounding her. She hasn't spoken a word since she was a child and no one really understands why. She hides away when things bother her and she's only really got a friend in her mother. But, that all changes when her mother attempts to hide Morgana's secrets by marrying her off to a stranger called Cai, believing that it is in her best interests. What really intrigued me was what Morgana could have possibly done to make her mother want to send her away.

So not only did I get to learn of Morgana to start with, but also of what the book may bring. As soon as she is married to Cai, Morgana must start a new life in a strange place with a strange man. They know nothing about each other and it's not as though they can even have a normal conversation. I really enjoyed watching Morgana and Cai's thoughts about each other change over time but I do wish there had been more in-depth interaction between the two.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Dec. 2013
By Wardy
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Really enjoyed the book. The historical aspect was very interesting as well as the 'witch' story line. It was well written and I am looking forward to reading another novel by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 29 Jun. 2014
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I adored this book so much that I read it in two sittings, barely leaving my house. It is a wonderful story about witch craft, love, acceptance and the never ending battle against evil. Morgana must fight to save those she loves, while all the world seems to be turning against her. I struggle to imagine how anyone could read this book and not be captured by it, it is so beautifully written. I'm going to purchase the authors other work immediately as I am certain it will not disappoint.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story
This book was a delight to read, I looked forward to being transported back to Wales and the weird and twitchy world of Morganna. You won't be disappointed to buy this
Published 1 month ago by R. Tickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service but I was very disappointed in the book. It was unusually boring and very s
Published 5 months ago by Diane McNally
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Fab read and a great story. Highly recommended. Found it very hard to put down until finished. Thank you Paula
Published 5 months ago by Dell
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Published 7 months ago by MOG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book a good page turner
Published 8 months ago by F. M. Verbeeren
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
Fantastic book, I devoured its contents in no more than two sittings. I can not wait to read more of Paula Brackston's work. I highly recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaking
I chose 5 stars because it's an amazing book. I dislike the part when, when, well I like it all, especially the last page. I would probably rate it 10+
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book you want to keep reading to ...
This is a book you want to keep reading to the end. I will be buying the next book in the series. It's a little different from the normal witch novels.
Published 10 months ago by Kerri
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This book held me spellbound from beginning to end. A brilliant description of Tregaron and it's surroundings and the Welsh way of life. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down!
If you liked 'magic under glass' or 'the snow spider' you will love this!
Published 12 months ago by sarah swinfield
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