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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001315
  • ASIN: B00F6HA5HU
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brackston, author of The Witch’s Daughter (2011),provides another paranormal historical. This time around she forgoes the time travel, grounding her story firmly in the darkly superstitious Welsh countryside. Never speaking a word and frightened by strange powers she does not fully understand or know how to control, Morgana Pritchard is beginning to arouse suspicions in her neighborhood. It is only after her fearful mother marries her off to a widower from the far hills to protect her that Morgana begins to realize the extent and the purpose of her gift. As Cai and Morgana’s love story unfolds and accusations of witchery begin to swirl about, Morgana learns to both harness and respect her “magic blood” in order to protect both herself and her beloved husband from an insidious enemy. --Margaret Flanagan


Praise for The Winter Witch

New York Times best-selling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of early 19th century Wales in The Winter Witch, an enthralling tale of love and magic.” –USA Today

“There’s a whiff of Harry Potter in the witchy conflict—a battle between undeveloped young magical talent and old malevolence—at the heart of this sprightly tale of spells and romance, the second novel from British writer Brackston (The Witch’s Daughter, 2011)…. Love of landscape and lyrical writing lend charm, but it’s Brackston’s full-blooded storytelling that will hook the reader.” --Kirkus

“Brackston delivers an intimate paranormal romance that grounds its fantasy in the reality of a 19th century Welsh farm.” –Publishers Weekly

“Paula Brackston’s Winter Witch is a whimsical and mystical tale that’s part romance part mystery part fantasy and all extraordinary. Her beautiful narrative moves flawlessly throughout the story… This unique novel will appeal to fans of a multitude of genres from historical to fantasy and will engage fans of all ages as well.” --

Praise for The Witch’s Daughter


“Lushly written with a fascinating premise and an enthralling heroine, The Witch’s Daughter will linger long in memory after the last page has been savored.  Highly recommended.” -- Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Betrayal


"A beautifully written, brilliantly crafted page-turner that completely invests you in the lives and loves of the witch's daughter. A true reading event." --Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School


“A lyrical and spell-binding time travel fantasy featuring an immortal witch who must summon all her powers to defeat the evil hounding her through the centuries.” –Mary Sharratt, author of Daughters of the Witching Hill


“With her first novel, author Paula Brackston conjures up a riveting tale of sorcery and time travel. By mixing feminine heroism with masculine might, Brackston successfully captivates readers with characters Bess, an immortal witch, and sinister dark lord, Gideon….  It's almost impossible not to root for the underdog in this magical twist on the classic David vs. Goliath tale. Plus, the skill with which Brackston weaves her characters through time makes this book a fascinating take on global history.” –Marie Claire


"Brackston’s first novel offers well-crafted characters in an absorbing plot and an altogether delicious blend of historical fiction and fantasy." --Booklist

"This pleasantly romantic historical fantasy debut flips lightly between the past experiences of ageless witch Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith and her present-day life in Matravers, England... Bess's adventures are fascinating." --Publishers Weekly

“Stretching her tale over several centuries, British-based Brackston brings energy as well as commercial savvy to her saga of innocence and the dark arts….  History, time travel and fantasy combine in a solidly readable entertainment.” --Kirkus


"An engaging, well-written novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and fantasy alike." --Portland Book Review


"Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch’s Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak of immortality to stay true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love."

"The Witch’s Daughter is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and paranormal. Brackston’s story alternates between past and present as she mixes tales of Elizabeth’s early life with the present day, tying in historical events including Jack the Ripper and the horrors of WWI... Overall, a really enjoyable read."

"Readers who enjoy historical fantasy built around an epic struggle between good and evil should enjoy this original take on the theme."

"An enjoyable read." --Genre Go Round Reviews 


"This tale spans centuries and walks the line between good and the darker side of magic.  Magic and those who possess it have been feared and persecuted throughout most of human history.  Find out what it is like to live for hundreds of years, mostly in solitude, and have to struggle with having the power to help people, but being afraid to use that power." --Affaire de Coeur


“Women will certainly love the independent, feisty female characters, but the narrative is wonderfully imaginative and the plot fast-moving and filled with action. This novel is highly recommended for witches and warlocks alike.” –Historical Novel Society


"The combination of stories from the past and the present meld nicely, and the author adds some clever twists so the reader never knows exactly from whom the next Gideon apparition will arise. Perhaps the best twist is the ending--leaving an opening for another book, but at the same time furnishing the reader with quite a satisfactory ending." --The National Examiner (UK)


"Ambitious and thought-provoking, this book will lure you into vivid, visceral worlds where evil lurks at every turn. The beautifully crafted BOOK OF SHADOWS will be etched on my mind for a long time. What an action-packed, emotionally powerful film it would make too." Sally Spedding, author of STRANGERS WAITING

"An unforgettable story by a highly original new writer." --Rebecca Tope, author of the Cotswold crime series



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Customer Reviews

Beautifully told story and well thought out characters.
This is definitely a good book to read if you enjoy historical fiction with some magic and romance thrown in, this is the book for you.
Britt R.
Story never lets up or gets boring it just urges one too keep turning the pages and read!

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Karen Joan VINE VOICE on January 2, 2013
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THE WINTER WITCH is billed as a romance, which is not normally my genre. To me, however, THE WINTER WITCH is more of a combination of romance, historical, and the supernatural genres, the supernatural being the part I thought I might get into. Surprising, THE WINTER WITCH ended up being the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter's afternoon.

THE WINTER WITCH is set in Wales and is the story of Morgana, a young woman who cannot speak, but who has mysterious powers that she that frighten her and those around her. Her ailing mother marries her off to a young widowed drover named Cai. The purpose of this marriage is to shield Morgana from the suspicions of her hometown and to provide Cai with a wife, which he is required by law to have if he is to become head drover. Cai brings Morgana home to Ffynnon Las, where she immediately falls in love with her new surroundings. However, Morgana's past and her magic follow her to her new home and mysterious disasters begin to befall the town. Are they Morgana's doing? Or are there darker forces at work? Morgana must come into her own and save the town, her new home, and the man she wants to love. But is this young woman up to the task?

THE WINTER WITCH is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Morgana and Cai. At first, the alternating of narrators threw me, but I eventually became used to this device. I was more uncomfortable with Morgana's first person voice and Cai's third person voice. I really wanted the author to pick a tense and stick with it. While I came to like the alternating POVs, I found the differing tenses a bit frustrating.

However, that is the only real criticism that I have of THE WINTER WITCH.
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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By MommaMia VINE VOICE on December 10, 2012
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I had hopes for The Winter Witch, and also hopes for Paula Brackston. My hope was that perhaps she would take a story that would fall gently and easily into the Romance genre, and make it something powerful, something more than a typical romance. My hopes were cruelly dashed.

The story starts out with a young girl who doesn't quite fit in her community. Her mom is concerned about her as her health declines. By some miracle, a drover from another town approaches the old woman and asks for her daughters hand in marriage. Seems too good to be true! Well, it is! Yes, this girl is different, she has otherworldly powers, which in itself isn't hard to believe, but that this man's home is the site of a special well of water, not to mention a special spell book full of witches spells and incantations for just that special girl to find...well, it should have been too much for most readers to swallow. Ok, even that wasn't so unbelievable. What I found so unbelievable, and what cast this as just another romance for me, was the fact that although this girls life and the lives of those she loves were in mortal danger by an evil woman who wants control of the well and the book of spells, this young woman seems much more concerned with her husband's caresses and kisses and the ponies that they raise. She spends most of the book, while knowing of the mortal danger they are in, chasing ponies, arranging her willful head of hair, and waiting for the next moment her beloved calls her his "wild one." If he called her that once, he called her that a thousand times, and it became tiresome. It went from a term of endearment to one of utter annoyance. She was the typical gorgeous, slightly built slip of a girl from all romance novels. She didn't stand out for me, and neither did he.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on January 2, 2013
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Okay, after reading the blurb here, I thought I was in store for some sort of paranormal/historical novel with some vivid historical elements with witch sprinkled in. I could even overlook the fact that the author named the main character/witch Morgana, which is probably one of the most cliche witch names ever. Regardless, I decided to try the book out.

Morgana, who has not spoken for years, is hastily married off to an older man from another town in hopes that she can be separated from her obscure reputation. After she goes off with Cai Jenkins, an older widower, Morgana must learn to adjust to a new life will trying to deal with her mysterious magical powers that she doesn't quite understand. Meanwhile, she starts to fall in love with Cai, just as another witch appeals to expose Morgana.

Geez, it really would have been great if this was just labeled as romance and didn't try to be anything more. Because, well, that's what Winter Witch is -a thinly plotted and thinly worked romance with a nearly non-existent plot, thin characters (especially Morgana) and far too many loose ends and unanswered questions. The writing in here is also some polarizing for readers. Some my like it, others, such as myself, found it somewhat overwrought and overdone -though at time pretty. This book also had some issues with pacing, especially at the beginning of the book, it took far too long to introduce the antagonist, who didn't quite seem to last long enough.

My biggest beef with this book is that it wasn't honest about what it was. This is a very basic romance trying to throw in some paranormal pieces, but it's not successful.
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