A young woman from Eastern Europe arrives in a British seaside town, haunted by memories of a violent past she is desperate to outrun. Trapped by a freak blizzard, a series of chance meetings plunges her into long-suppressed memories of life as a child refugee.
Three people bring about her awakening, but can she live w: Celia, an old lady whose granddaughter went missing years before; Eddy, an Aspergers sufferer full of guileless kindness; and Riley a violent drug dealer who makes it his mission to dominate and control her.
In facing Riley, Donitza is forced to confront the horrors of her past and recover a deep and ancient secret about herself: she is a witch. The magical transformations her knowledge unleashes will change the lives of herself, Celia, Riley and Eddy forever. But can she control the magic she has awoken and use it wisely, or will it ultimately destroy her?
The Snow Witch is a story of loss, murder and obsession, rich in magical scenes that will delight, horrify and intrigue.
What reviewers have said about The Snow Witch:
‘A haunted and haunting book, infused with humanity at its rawest.’ – Andy Paciorek, Folk Horror Revival
‘…weaves folklore and magic in such a natural way, as to make you believe and want magic like this in your everyday life…’ – Grainne Rhuad, Subversify.com
‘Beautifully realised… Wingett places descriptions on the page as an artist adds images to canvas’ – Mark Norman. Author and creator of The Folklore Podcast
‘…loads to love here: the music, the magic, the archetypes, the seriousness of intent… exquisite in philosophy, pitch and pace.’ – Dr Alison Habens, Author, Lifestory
“It’s not very often one gets to read a book that is a highly literary fantasy. The Snow Witch takes you beyond genre writing with delicate literary poise, while combining two worlds; one of mysticism and witchcraft, the other of startling realism… Edge of your seat all the way, the book is remarkably refreshing in this writer’s exploratory view of artistic presentation in modern fantasy.” – Karla Fetrow, book reviewer.