The Winter Witch: A Novel

The Winter Witch: A Novel

by Paula Brackston
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The Winter Witch: A Novel by Paula Brackston

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston transports readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in The Winter Witch, an enthralling tale of love and magic.

In her small early nineteenth 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.

"An enthralling tale of love and magic." –USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250022585
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 31,329
File size: 792 KB

About the Author

PAULA BRACKSTON has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK. In 2007 she was shortlisted in the Creme de la Crime Search for new writers. She lives in Wales with her family.


PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter and The Winter Witch. She lives halfway up a Brecon Beacon in Wales with her partner and their two children.

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The Winter Witch 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
WordGirl More than 1 year ago
I am an editor so I read constantly, both for pleasure and for my job. THE WINTER WITCH was absolute pleasure! From the moment I picked it up, I had the HARDEST time putting it down. Ms. Brackston is a captivating author, and her novel kept me dreading the times I had to stop reading and get to work. Last night I finished it. It was one of those books I HAD to finish, yet DREADED to because I didn't EVER want it to end. Please, if you haven't read THE WINTER WITCH, I implore you - DO! You'll get caught up immediately in her story, in her main (and even her supporting) characters. I fell in love with Ms. Brackston's writing. So will you!
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Cai Jenkins needs a wife, his job, as head drover demands it. He’s been widowed a few years and is ready to marry again and his farm, Ffynnon Las is ready for a new mistress. The wife he’s chosen is as wild as his beloved home deep in the hills of Wales, a pretty, young, silent waif who calls to something earthly inside him. But his new wife comes with secrets and some think they’re dark and taboo. Morgana Pritchard’s always known she’s different, even before her father’s disappearance silenced her, she’s felt the magic inside. Now at 18 she’s forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, to marry a stranger. Yet when they arrive at his farm, Ffynnon Las, she feels an affinity to the land and the man that runs deep in her soul, deep in her magic. There also something evil here, something that wants her gone. Something only her magic can expel, if she’s strong enough to overcome it. 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, her inclusions of the Welsh language paints a truer picture of the wilderness, the time, the place and the people, plus gives the read a homespun feel. Her eclectic cast stretched the boundaries from eccentric to ordinary, from the mundane to supernatural and she expertly wove in the witchery both good and evil as she flaunted her storytelling talent. Cai and Morgana were her brightest stars as they struggled with an against all odds dilemma and were both hard to say goodbye to at the end of the tale. 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. Ms. Brackston this is my first time under your spell but I know I’ll be falling under again.
JessicaKnauss More than 1 year ago
In this sensitively written novel, Morgana, a wild girl who went mute upon the disappearance of her gypsy father, must marry a man she hardly knows and learn to fit into the social fabric of his Welsh town. Cai, the man in question, must take a wife in order to become the porthmon, the leader of the yearly drove of cattle to London and the most powerful man in town. But we quickly find that, in spite of his continued love for his previous wife, who passed away in childbirth, Cai harbors a deep affection for Morgana that quickly turns to love. The chapters alternate, beginning with Morgana's perspective in first person. This is a smart move on the author's part, because Morgana's silence makes observing her from the outside a little too enigmatic without these chapters of insight into why she does what she does. The other perspective is Cai's, in a limited omniscient third person. This way, the reader doesn't sympathize as closely with him as with Morgana, but still fully understands his thinking. I was skeptical about the approach, but Brackston pulls it off, and I now see that the romance would have been one-sided and disappointing without it. Because we now that their love is genuine, we can root for Cai and Morgana as the united front they present. The story begins slowly, carefully inducting the reader into the unusual world of nineteenth-century Welsh cattle drovers (I know I'd never read about them before) and the beloved landscape the animals and people occupy together. It also plants the seeds that will grow into something of a mystery by the first quarter of the book, and by the middle, the reader knows that all is not what it seems in this town. Heart-wrenching tragedies begin to happen, and the pace picks up significantly during the cattle drove, in which Morgana is more helpful than any civilized wife would be, but also falls victim to witchcraft more powerful than her own and much more evil. The novel ends with a fast-paced epic battle between the two witches that hardly lets up until almost the last page. We can tell when Morgana is about to let her witchiness show because she isn't easily provoked. When she is, she prefaces her drastic actions with the delicious opinion of what her tormentors are doing to her: "It will not do. Really, it will not." The Winter Witch is a thoroughly enjoyable romantic escapade. The historical context and characters are developed so well that when the fantasy elements appeared, I was convinced that that's the way it must really have happened. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The is the second book by this author that I have read. I found it to be a riviting story of love, courage and determination. The characters are real life and true to the time written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am struggling to get through this book. The book lacks humor or warmth and I find the constant back-and-forth of narrators to be tiring. I also think that this book is extremely predictable and I don't understand why it has gotten such high praise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was interesting and captivating from the beginning and was done in such a subtle way that you really believed what was happening in the plot with the witch and her powers. Loved that it was told by two points of view. It really gave the story more depth. A great read. Would definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit the book was slow in the begining to me but it kept me entertained and it was hard to put down. I hope she does another book with them in it. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written with interesting characters. I am easily bored and often put off by needless sex and violence and mediocre writing. This novel, however, kept me reading and wanting more. I will look forward to moree of Ms Brackston's work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much like her first novel, it kept me reading and guessing where the story was going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful in every way.
mttttttt More than 1 year ago
Brilliant book. Incredibly unique, and unpredictable. 
debimajo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I stayed up way too late reading just to find out what happened next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be wothy of the time spent. It kept my attention due to the variety of interesting characters. I have read 2 books by this author and I look forward to reading the Midnight Witch next. I so love heer witch books and hpoe to see more in the coming years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author's work! This is a wonderful story of love, strength, and courage. I will say that it does start out a little slow, but the story does pick up and I found myself not able to put it down. I had to find out what would come of Morgana and Cai! Would they triumph over evil? No plot spoilers here, you will just have to read and find out! I would also suggest reading the short story that preceeds this, as it will give you a good backstory to this. Thank you Ms. Brackston for another great read of witches and love. Can't wait to see what is next!! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Her writing is so beautiful. I was captivated by this petite mute girl from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really did like it, and the end was worth the rough patches. I don't remember how i came upon this book, but glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as her previous novel. Hope to see more from this promising writer.
Anonymous 7 months ago
One extremely appropriate phrase is used repeatedly in this very predictable and long-winded book. That phrase is "It will not do. Really, it will not." This book absolutely will not do. It was well-written but incredibly boring. Paula Brackston created a dud in this one, big time. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book. I laughed, cried, and yelled, very loud I might add.
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