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The Silver Witch

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,801 ratings  ·  623 reviews

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, an

Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Courtenay P. Adams I am what some might call a connoisseur of all things "witch" and I can assure you, that Paula Brackston is DEFINITELY the author to read if stories…moreI am what some might call a connoisseur of all things "witch" and I can assure you, that Paula Brackston is DEFINITELY the author to read if stories about witches is something you love. I've read three so far, The Winter Witch, The Silver Witch, and am half way through The Witch's Daughter. Each book is about a different set of characters, so there's no order in which you must read them, but read them you must.... IF you love witches! Happy reading! (less)
Kaylan My first instinct would have been to ask my own parents, so this question definitely occurred to me more than once while reading. Her parents played a…moreMy first instinct would have been to ask my own parents, so this question definitely occurred to me more than once while reading. Her parents played a very brief role in the story, so it made sense for Brackston to forgo adding them into this part of the narrative. I also think that emitting parents from any story adds a sense of vulnerability and fright (because the character really seems disconnected and alone to fight her own battles).(less)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Ceramic artist Tilda Fordwell has moved into the Cottage in Welsh that she and her husband had purchased. But sadly they never got to live there. One year before Matt died in a traffic accident, but Tilda hopes that the lovely cottage and the peaceful surrounding will be good for her. But strange things start to happen after a while, electrical shorts outs and visions. Is there something, someone from the past that is reaching out to her?

I read The Midnight Witch last year, but I couldn't really take to it.Fordwell
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars

I am in serious, serious cover lust with this novel. Paula Brackston always has such great covers for her ‘witch books’ and this one is my favs to date! I have really enjoyed Brackston’s witch books, they are always a fun little escape for me, not overly complicated but they have a solid story mixed with a little romance….not to mention I love books with magic.

For me personally, I still liked The Winter Witch the best, the chemistry and romance between those characters real
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

The Silver Witch follows Tilda and Seren, two silver-haired women living in a remote section of Wales hundreds and hundreds of years apart. Tilda is living in the 21st century, dealing with the death of her husband and learning to enjoy life, and art, again. Seren is a shaman for a community living on a crannog, dealing with her affections for a Prince and trying to interpret her
This is the first of Brackston's novels that I have read - though I have heard good things in the past. This one opens up very slowly with two narratives - Tilda, a modern grieving widow, and Seren, a tenth century Seer and witch. their Welsh geography initially is their only link, but slowly, more and more connections appear in these two lives, lived hundreds of years apart. There are some eye-rolling lines of dialogue, and the pacing is painfully slow at times (at times it felt like a chore to ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tilda, a widow of one year, has finally moved into the remote Welsh cottage that she and her husband were going to live in until an accident put an end to their plans. She hopes to work on her pottery and find peace. Once there, however, strange things start happening. Modern things- whether it be the electricity, gasoline engines, or simply mechanical things like a grandfather clock- start refusing to work when she is around them. Then she sees a vision on the lake- three people in a canoe, not ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

I thought the book and the characters were really good. I liked Tilda a lot, especially after she rescued the dog from some jerks who where abusing her. She brought her home and named her Thistle.

The book is told in two different stories, Tilda and Seren. Seren is a shaman, seer, witch that lived over a thousand years ago where Tilda chose to live. Originally Tilda and her husband were going to l
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two lives, centuries apart. Intertwined in ways that neither could have imagined, battling an evil that could destroy what they both love the most. This is the basic premise behind The Silver Witch, by Paula Brackston. A story about history, love and grief, with a little bit of witchcraft in the mix.

Tilda Fordwells is still hurting after losing her husband in an accident a year ago. Before he died, they bought a cottage in a remote part of Wales overlooking a gorgeous lake valley. Sh
It didn’t really hold my interest which I found very disappointing. The premise of the plot and the cover and the reviews by other authors made it sound like a very good read.
I found the book rather dull unfortunately !
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read “The Witch’s Daughter” by Paula Brackston and I was excited to receive an ARC on her new book “The Silver Witch”.

It’s something that I expect only in the movies to happen. Or maybe, I haven’t been reading that many books. LOL!

I’ve been reading multiple books at the same time but every time I pick up a different book, my thoughts are always on The Silver Witch.

A storyline about two different women both living in different times but somehow connects them together
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good witchy read. This was an ok witchy read. More of a mythological read. While I enjoyed the dual story lines of Tilda and Seren, I couldn't really connect with either of them. Tilda was an interesting character with her silver hair and albino eyes, but there wasn't much depth to her. Seren was much more interesting to me, but I still wasn't fully captured with either story line. Dylan was just an obvious love interest, a snooze to me. I actually found the old professor more interesti ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION'S Pack Alpha - Chelle:

--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

The Silver Witch is a beautifully written Celtic fantasy with dual points of view. At first, the changing POV and tense tripped me up slightly, but as I got into the next two switching chapters I realized how fabulous that storytelling method could be.

The book, taking place in both present and far past with interweaving storylines, was - pardon the pun - bewitching and magickal. We get to tr
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See the complete review posted on Book Frivolity. Check out other Fantasy and Historical Fiction ruminations there as well!

POV's: Two
Narrative: Third person present and First person present.

It has been some time since I have read a third person narrative set in the present tense. I've never been a great fan of the style, I usually find it a bit jaunting if not written with great skill and with careful consideration of the readers perspective. So, it did take me a while to settle into The Silver Witch,  but once I did

Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eArc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Read my full review on Turning Pages.

I must admit that what initially drew me to the book was partly the cover, and partly that I’d seen Brackston’s previous witch books on Chapters. When I read the premise I was intrigued. Witches, loss, and a historical element? Sign me up! Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to my expectations.

My first issue with the book is that the pacing is very slow. I think it wasn
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. When Tilda moves to the small cottage on a Welsh lake that she and her husband were supposed to live in before he passed away suddenly, she feels like maybe she is working towards closure with dealing with her husband's death. What she finds is that there is a whole new world awaiting her that will shock and surprise. Brackston's latest offering has a heavy dose of magical realism that pulled me in. This is another one of her Witch books that I ate up

Tilda is definitely an
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.< ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Celtic fantasy! 4.5 stars
The Silver Witch is the first book that I read written by Paula Brackston. I love fantasy novels, so this one had many elements to please me! It tells the story of Seren and Tilda. Thousands of years ago, Seren, a witch, seer, and shaman had lived in a hut on a lake where now lives Tilda, a widow and ceramic artist who has visions of the past. Seren had loved a certain Prince Brynach, but he is already married. She was respected until she saw a vision of
Orie at Let's Take A Shelfie
I won an ARC of The Silver Witch from a Goodreads first reads giveaway.
My full review can be found here:

This book started off slow, there was a lot of history that needed to be told and character building that needed to be done. But, that quickly changed once Tilda started having her visions. I was hooked and to be honest a bit spooked! (You'll know the part when you read it...)

This is the first book that I've read by Paula Brackston and it's intrigued me to pick up a
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
This is post originally on Vivian's Book Pavilion

My mind is like the willow; it flexes and springs. My heart is a knot of oak. Let them try to wound me.

Finally, after three or four days’ reading…I finished this book eventually. It took me so long to read this one…such a shame for my previous insane reading speed. Now…so what takes me so long to complete this book? nothing, beside my laziness. However…my mind is like the willow, but it doesn’t flexes and springs…it twists. I have such a compl
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight

In accordance with current FTC Guidelines, please let it be known this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A Bewitching 4 Stars!

The Silver Witch is an awesome blending of historical truths, myths & legends and modern twists and turns.

A Quick Summary:

Two women, divided by centuries, are intertwined by a force beyond their understanding. Call it fate. Call it destiny. Whatever it is, Tilda
Benish Khan (Queen.Beenie)
Tilda is a widow and a witch, she moves to a cottage after her husband Mat's death. Soon, she comes across a lake that brings out her powers more, she sees visions a lot more now. Previously, on the same lake a witch by the name of Seren lived - she was the prince's adviser and lover. Soon, Tilda discovers she shares a bond with Seren, they're connected in some way - she must rely on Seren's prophecy and magic to overcome the disaster that is approaching her..

First Thoughts: Ho
A magical tale which weaves through the lives of two women, one in the past and one in the present.

It has been one year since Tilda lost her husband, and she moves into the cottage in rural Wales they bought together. She has always been afraid of the water, but the lake near the cottage has a mysterious draw on her. As time passes, she starts having visions of a different time, featuring Seren, a Celtic witch.

Bringing together two story lines, one in a past time and one contemporar
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning I struggled with this book. I was not feeling it. Yet, I like this author's writing and wanted to give it another chance. So glad to report that it was my mood and the moment. Sometimes a book strikes you but it has to be the exact right moment and mood or the book will not do anything for you.

I really liked Tilda. I thought she was going to be a downer. Just because some of the books I have read where the woman has lost her spouse, until they do some growing again, they are a
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked it enough to give it 3 stars, however, the author has done a feeble job at giving historical accuracy on some parts. I know historical fiction etc. etc. But some things were just not correct. Other than that, the author has compelling writing style, it grips you completely into the story she creates, only one thing that bugged me in her writing is the need for repetition, Tilda has a thought process about the exact same thing a few times in this book and it kinda s
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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With many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this one.

Although this was not in one of my usual genres it was an interesting read. It was set in two time scales with a dual narrative. I'm increasingly drawn to dual narrative books and this one had the 'witch' aspect to it aswell. I would be interested to read more by Paula Brackston. The characters were well drawn and helped immerse you into both stories.

The cover is striking and is what initiall
April Singer
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook while working. It moved along at a good pace, never got boring, I enjoyed the characters especially Tilda who is an artist (I am too) and I identified very personally with some of the description of how she relates to the world as a creative. I thought the story was well-woven between past and present. I'm no book reviewer! I can simply say that I found this story engaging and interesting and when I wasn't listening, I was thinking about it.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got to finish this book. Nicely written. Great audiobook narrator (loving the welsh accents). Fabulous cast of characters, both in today's world and back in time. Author manages to convey quite a bit about the landscape, people, history, folklore, magic....of the welsh lands. Very interesting stuff.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about grief, life, magic, love and friendship. Based in the past and the present and how the events of one can affect the other, especially when magic is involved.
Paula Brackstone writes wonderful books and makes witches and magic come to life on the page.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Birch and ash bow to the mighty force from the skies. But the oak will not bend the knee. He stands stubborn and steady. Would sooner break than yield. My mind is like the willow, it flexes and springs. My heart is a knot of oak. Let them try to wound me. Let them try."
-Paula Brackston, The Silver Witch.

The Silver Witch tells two stories, side by side, that over the course of the book intertwine and become one. Following the perspectives of Tilda, a recent widow who after moving to a cottage in re
Myra Blake
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book, but for me it was a bit slow at first. Once I got through the first few chapters the story started to pick up and I began to enjoy the story and getting to know more about the two women who dominate this book. By the end of the book, I was so caught up in the story I didn't want it to end.
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Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ Davy) was short listed fo

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