Book Banter: Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

The Winter WitchTitle: The Winter Witch
Author: Paula Brackston
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Length: 340 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Morgana is wed to a widower, Cai, so that he can manage the license needed for his livelihood. Cai knows that Morgana is mute but never suspects her secrets. It isn’t until she is his wife that he discovers that she is more than just a girl from a close-by town. Their lives are entangled more than just marriage. Morgana must fight for their lives.

Banter Points: Morgana was a really interesting character to me. Readers are privy to her thoughts which are told in first person point of view. But none of the other characters can know unless they take the time to understand her facial expressions which is Morgana’s main form of communication. It’s too bad, because her mind is very rich and thoughtful. She is intelligent and can read. She may be wild by the standards of the day, but I do think she is a reasonable character for the time frame that the story is set in, something that isn’t always accomplished in historicals, which I appreciated.

Cai’s sections are told in third person, which made keeping track of the narrator easy. His tone and voice was very different too. The transition between them was some what seamless and invisible in the audio book format. Occasionally, I’d find myself thinking, wait a minute, where did Cai go? Or, where did Morgana go?

There really are two story plots in the novel. First is the love story between Morgana and Cai. Their struggles as a married couple are compounded by Cai’s widowhood and Morgana’s muteness. It’s a very sweet love story. Intermingled is the dark force that is trying to separate them. It’s probably pretty obvious who is behind that dark force, but it would be a spoiler if I said it here. It is more than just separating them, but rather a complete domination of what Morgana and Cai represent.

Bummer Points: I listened to this book, and I’m not sure that was the best media for the book. The plot seems to peak and ebb too much. There’d be a great scene, and the next one would be very mellow. That could be indicative of my reading though, as I just finished a really fast paced book that would peak, plateau, peak, plateau, and repeat. The cadence of this one was different and it felt a little plodding as a result. Like I said, it might have been me, rather than the book.

Stacie’s Recommendation: I liked this but I’d read it instead of listening to it.

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