A captivating new original 20-page short story by Paula Brackston, author of THE WINTER WITCH. The Witches of the Blue Well is the story of Ceri, a young woman in early eighteenth-century Wales whose grandmother always told her the magic blood of the women in their family flows through her veins. However, when famine and hardship come to their village, will Ceri be able to harness her magic to save herself and her sister? Or will her power bring about the destruction of all that she loves? With her signature enchanting style, Paula Brackston has penned an enthralling story set in the world of her novel THE WINTER WITCH.
In addition to the short story, The Witches of the Blue Well, this ebook also contains a letter from author Paula Brackston on writing THE WINTER WITCH, an excerpt from Welsh Folk Lore: a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales an authentic publication by the Reverend Elias Owen, from 1886, on witchcraft in Wales and an excerpt from THE WINTER WITCH. The next novel, THE WITCH S DAUGHTER is published by Corsair in December 2013.
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 from British writer Brackston . . . 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
The Winter Witch is one of the most magical and compelling novels I've ever read. A tender and exquisitely written tale, with a heroine who continues to haunt your dreams long after you close the book. - Karen Maitland