Paula Brackston transports listeners to the windswept mountains of Wales in this enthralling tale of love and magic.
In her small early-19th-century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She is small and quick, and pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic - the household objects that seem to move at her command, the bad luck that visits those who do her ill.
Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice. After her wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving her mother, and wary of this man, whom she does not know, and who will take her away to begin a new life.
But she soon falls in love with Cai's farm and the wild mountains that surround it. Here, where frail humans are at the mercy of the elements, she thrives, her wild nature and her magic blossoming. Cai works to understand the beautiful, half-tamed creature he has chosen for a bride, and slowly, he begins to win Morgana's affections. It's not long, however, before her strangeness begins to be remarked upon in her new village.
A dark force is at work there - a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her man, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything in this beautifully written, enchanting novel.
©2013 Paula Brackston (P)2013 Audible Ltd
Was a good and exciting ending. And the droving part was interesting but I felt it very slow going and frustrating as the main character does not speak. But you almost hear the story in two parts his then hers so it seems slow going. The climax was drawn out. I was left feeling wanting.
Far too wordy for me. It wasn't until chapter 17, less than 3 hours to go that was there any plain speaking between the important characters. The main protagonist's lack of speech was constantly irritating especially since she hardly ever tried to communicate in other ways. It seemed like an amateur way to build suspense. The bones of the story is good however it needed further heavy editing to make it roll along at the right pace. A nice narrators voice though an inexpert welsh accent.
The theme which winds it's way through the story is the manner in which outsiders, indeed anybody different to those indigenous to a place, can be ill treated. The novel is set in nineteenth century rural Wales, and deals with a young woman who is ignorant of the fact that she is a fledgling witch. I cannot say more as it would spoil the book for anybody listening to it for the first time.
The narration is excellent. There are two voices which take the listener through the story, one Welsh and one English. I, for one, could not discern which is the narrator's actual accent, if either.
If you like historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural, then I cannot recommend this book enough. Those new to the genre may find it a touch strange and difficult in places, but it is well worth persisting through the more unusual scenes.
"A gripping tale"
I have acquired several books but I found this one totally gripping, more so than the others.
The tale is set in south Wales and features the problems encountered by a young woman adjusting to a new life whilst simultaneously coming to terms with growing up and leaving home as a new bride. The story is magnificently told with the author giving sufficient descriptive narrative to enable the listener to bring the tale to life. The choice of Marisa Calin to narrate this book was inspired, her accent was perfectly suited to the content. She doesn't have quite the range of other narrators but this is real nitpicking as when I looked for my next book, I searched for one narrated by her.
This was the first book I heard narrated by Marisa Calin but when I chose my next novel I started by searching for the narrator and was thrilled to find another with the same author and narrator combination. I've just begun my next book and am very happy with my choice.
"Spell binding listening"
This was my first one, I couldn't put it down can't wait to get the next
When the wicked witch got her just desserts
The very end of the book, when some thing happened you didn't expect!!
When Di the forge gave his life
Absolutely brilliant book just up my street, held my attention with every word
I believe the studio book was probably easier to stick to than the written one as the orator added considerable life to the plot. Some bits however I skimmed over as did not think I would miss anything!
As in many stories the outcome could be guessed at about half way through and this is why I started missing bits to find out how it turned out.
The drove was the most entertaining but how the heroine overcome adversary at the end was good. Had to think, however, why didn't it happen sooner!
Finding out that her mother had died and there was nothing that she could do about it.
Captured and drew you into the telling.
Slightly irritating accent and poor Welsh other than that a good sing song voice which suited the story.
I'm sorry but a poor attempt at a Welsh accent. Pronunciation of 'cariad' and 'dew' not good and Llewellyn !!!! Tut tut my goodness no. Not good. Loved the story though mind you. Da iawn
"The Winter Witch; Book 2"
a really lovely story, with great characterisation. had no problem listening all the way through until the end of the audio book. and learnt a little of the Welsh language too! would definitely recommend this book, very deep, reflected by the silence of the main character. perfect!
"A Magical Story"
New to this genre and hesitated to download but so glad I did. It was magical and I could not put it down l listened to it at every possible moment. A very talented writer who I'll definitely read again.
I am a fan of the genre, but the story was poor, with a Mary Sue for a main character. I purchased it because I enjoyed Paula Brackston's first book in the series, but have been disappointed.
I wish that the same narrator had not been chosen for both books in this series, as the protagonists were different women. But I cannot fault the narrator's performance.
Beautifully magical story with a twist of romance. Well written and well read. Easy to listen to and hard to put down.
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