Review: The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

Winter Witch


In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. She has never spoken, and her silence as well as the magic she can’t quite control make her a mystery. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her. After their wedding, Morgana is heartbroken at leaving, but she soon falls in love with Cai’s farm and the rugged mountains that surround it, while slowly Cai himself begins to win her heart. 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 love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything.

Paula returns with The Winter Witch, another enchanting tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a fabulous and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine readers will cheer for.


Paula Bracksotn is my favorite witch writer. I loved her first book, The Witch’s Daughter and was thrilled to receive her second. Her books are part supernatural thriller and part historical fiction – the perfect combination. Her witches are similar to the witches I write: powerful women who use the ancient traditions of natural magic.

The Winter Witch is a lovely story of a heroine you can’t help but cheer for. Morgana is tough, determine, and sweet. She doesn’t let anything, including not being able to talk, get in the way of what she knows to be right.

The writing is atmospheric and enchanting; the story gripping and complex. I was captivated by the descriptions of the Welsh countryside and the swoon-worthy romance. And the magic employed by Morgana and the evil witch, Isolda, is powerful and fascinating.

A must-read favorite!

Content note: Mild violence and one slightly descriptive, short sex scene between Cai and Morgana, a married couple.

Thanks for reading! Teri

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

  1. Sounds good! The Welsh setting sounds lovely. Is this a stand-alone, or is it a sequel to her first book? Anyway, wanted to let you know that I have Blood Moon on my iphone :D. Kirk was really nice and got me an ARC even though I’m not a very big book blogger. I’m excited to read it!

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