What’s your favorite-colored witch? Tell us by Tweeting @LitNewEngland before midnight tomorrow, April 5, and you’ll be in a drawing to win Paula Brackston’s The Silver Witch, which doesn’t go on sale until April 21!
Brackston, who lives in the UK, is also the best-selling author of The Witch’s Daughter, The Winter Witch and The Midnight Witch. We had the privilege of talking with Paula in Spring 2014, shortly after The Midnight Witch was released, which you can hear in the Literary New England Radio Show archives.
So what is The Silver Witch all about? Here’s what the publisher says:
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.
If you didn’t already know, we’re in the midst of a 5-day Literary New England Witch-A-Thon. Check out earlier posts to see all the frighteningly wonderful things we have going on! The Witch-A-Thon ends tomorrow at midnight.