A year after her husband's sudden death, ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells finally moves into the secluded Welsh cottage that was to be their new home. She hopes that the tranquil surroundings will help ease her grief, and lessen her disturbing visions of Mat's death. Instead, the lake in the valley below her cottage seems to spark something dormant in her - a sensitivity, and a power of some sort. Animals are drawn to her, electricity shorts out when she's near, and strangest of all, she sees a new vision: a boatful of ancient people approaching her across the water. On this same lake in Celtic times lived Seren, a witch and shaman. She was respected but feared, kept separate from the community for her strange looks.
When a vision came to her of the Prince amid a nest of vipers, she warned of betrayal from one of his own. Prince Brynach both loved and revered her, but could not believe someone close to him wished him harm, even as the danger grew. In her own time, Tilda's grief begins to fade beside her newfound powers and a fresh love. When she explores the lake's ancient magic and her own she discovers Seren, the woman in her vision of the boat. Their two lives strangely mirror each other's, suggesting a strong connection between the women.
As Tilda comes under threat from a dark power, one reminiscent of Seren's prophecy, she must rely on Seren and ancient magic if death and disaster are not to shatter her life once more.
©2015 Paula Brackston (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
Entertaining, interesting, well written
Style of Kate Morton, not as deep. Themes of Mary Stewart, intrigue of ?.. I don't know but it was intriguing. I listened to all in 2 segments. Not a super long book but well paced.
Extremely well narrated. I always say how much I dislike the English voice. I suppose this is Welsh but I really enjoyed her narration of all characters. I will look for her again.
This was an unexpected really good book. The pieces over the centuries had to come together, and this story was very satisfying. When you listen to book that captures you and then you immediately want to share it with a friend.
Science writer in America's heartland
Like the Stevie Nicks song "Rhiannon," this is the story of a Welsh witch. (Actually, two Welsh witches, one long dead and one her modern-day descendant.) The point of view switches between the two women in alternating chapters, so that the story from a thousand years ago seems just as real—and the dangers just as urgent—as the one from today. There's also an undercurrent to the story about what it means to be different, both now and in the time of the ancient Celts, and how being different can be a source of strength. This is the first book of Paula Brackston's that I have read, and now I am sure that I will read the others.
Avid audio book gobbler, hungry for stories, words strung together into strands
Absolutely. Over and Over. Whenever one of Paula Brackston's books are over I have to pass through a period of grief, at which point i immediately devour another one. I have reached the point where i've read them all, and must re-listen! I'm totally ok with that!
She's so good at weaving stories and intrigue and mystery and character development ... I just love her work
She is magnificent as always. Enveloping.
ABSOLUTELY. I had to stretch it out just so it didn't go too fast. I found myself taking long unnecessary car rides just as an excuse to listen, and listening on my way to sleep at night
Truth be told the book was slow and long winded with description at first. Was very dry but as the story unfolded for the characters, the story took off. I couldnt stop listening to it. The story had rich historical facys in twined with a love story and the honorable old ways of art of craft. A must read.
What a great story to listen to!! Another superb read Paula!! Well done!
Love your books! They are so inviting & keep me hooked. Cant wait to listen to the next!
Narration is perfect!
The narrator makes it 'visual' and switches well between personas.
When the lead character is saved in the lake. No spoilers, but was excellent
She made the two characters true to their period, yet so similar to tie them together. Her inflection was perfect for each character. Wonderful storyteller!
Same as the title
Nicely woven, but a little confusing at first figuring out it was the perspective of two different women. In print,Netherlands chapter title would have been more obvious, but it took a couple chapters to really catch on.
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