Written by Paula Brackston, this novel follows Morgana as she adjusts to her new life with her new husband Cai, struggling with her inability to talk and her powers.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Set in 1800s Wales, I was reminded of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The difference between the two? One has an actual with, while the other just has an outsider.
The writing was beautiful, and I appreciate that the fantasy elements were spars until the end. I would have even enjoyed this book a little more than I did without them.
The reader for this novel was also good, though she too cannot sound like a man with a baritone, aka Cai.
If you enjoy historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, and just a very well written book, this is for you. I adored this novel. I appreciate that it is a standalone book and I am looking forward to hunting down the rest of her books to see if they are as enjoyable as this.
This book does not get 4 stars from me because it is complex and intriget, it gets 4 stars because this author knows how to tell a story, and how to convey what needs to be conveyed. It doesn’t get 5 stars for the sole reason that I do not think her being an actual witch, outside of the obvious addition of real magic, really added a whole lot to the story. Most who read this will likely disagree, but that is alright. But I did love that the magic she had was not all encompassing. She had some control over it, but not much.
I also appreciate that this is set in, for American literature, a non-traditional location. Wales. I now what to find more books based here, see how they all compare.
I will be recommending this novel to many of my friends and any reader who enjoys historical(ish) fiction or fantasy.