Lamp Black, Wolf Grey

  • by Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by Marisa Calin
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the gossamer-fine veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable. She and her husband, Dan, have given up their city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. Here, she hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. But this high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys, the charismatic loner who pursues Laura with fervor. And Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who seems to know so much but talks in riddles. And then there is Merlin. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey tells both Laura's story and Merlin's. For once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nursemaid to the children of the hated local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young at the start of his renowned career as a magician, but when he refused to help Lord Geraint, it was Megan who may pay the price. From New York Times best-selling author Paula Brackston, Lamp Black, Wolf Grey is an enchanting tale of love and magic featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, an intriguing historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine that listeners are sure to fall in love with.

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Classic Paula Brackston

This book has everything fans of Paula Brackston expect from one of her novels, including a brilliantly described natural landscape that at times becomes a character itself. Very similar to "The Silver Witch," "Lamp Black, Wolf Grey" explores themes of creativity and independence, and the heroine's artistic endeavors (in this case, painting) bring her closer to the supernatural realm—a great metaphor for the unconscious and creative part of the psyche. This book is a little too similar to "Silver Witch," though, and I think that book told the story better. Still, a good read, and suspenseful.
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- Pam "Science writer in America's heartland"

Pretty good but not her best

It felt like the author was leaning heavily on storytelling constructs she has already used , specifically in the silver witch book. ... Two stories interwoven between distant times with parallel heroines ... The artist running away to the wilderness to create and finding a connection to characters there ...

This was my least favorite of her books, although I always enjoy her writing and storytelling ... There was a lot of telling instead of showing ... Especially the epilogue was just over the top with the narrator overly painting for us Laura's psychological profile ....

That was an issue that ran throughout the book - heavy handed peering into the psyche of the characters ... There were also some leaps of logic (like how she decided that Reese must have pushed angus because of a missing blanket...) that just felt awkwardly forced

Not as much magic as I would have liked, even the way Merlin lets Meghan die and and somehow his magic can't help her - seemed incongruent to his powers we heard about with him saving the horse ...

Felt like maybe she rushed this book because of contractual or popular demand , and it really needed more flushing out
In general I always
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- maesyn strite "Avid audio book gobbler, hungry for stories, words strung together into strands"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio