2015/06/02

Book Review:
The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

Title: The Silver Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 320
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
Recently widowed Tilda moves into a house in a secluded town in Wales where she was supposed to start her new life with her husband. Hoping the tranquility of the place will help her find peace, she finds the place actually sparks a dormant power in her; she has a vision of a woman in a boat.

On the same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and a shaman. Seren has had a vision, telling her Prince of vipers in his midst.

When Tilda explores the lore of the lake, she discovers the story of Seren, and finds that the women are strangely connected but more disturbingly; the threat Seren saw so many years ago might still be present...


Review:
Oh, how disappointed I was with this book. I was so enthralled by the cover, and though I went in blind and had little expectations, this was a bit of a letdown. It's not a long book, but I had such a difficult time wanting to pick this back up again.

I love reading about magic and witches, but found myself not really caring about it in this book.

There are two viewpoints in this book: one belonging to Tilda and one to Seren. I found reading about Seren quite interesting, and I thought the world and society she belonged to very fascinating. I wish the entire book was all about her. Tilda's viewpoint however, I found frustratingly annoying. She's supposed to be grieving, and yet evidence of this only occur here and there. I found the characters from the present time to be one-dimensional and their actions to be unrealistic and overly convenient.

But what ruined this entire thing for me was how many cliché moments there is in this. I even found the climax to be cliché. And the romance... ugh.

What I did like was that the main character was albino, because you don't see that very often. I enjoyed the references to Celtic history and I loved reading about the scenery, as I found I could really picture the little Welsh town it's all set in.

I would only read this is if you want to read a romance story with a bit of witchy attributes.


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