My rating: 5 of 5 stars
‘There is no devil. Only the devilish ways in a man’.
Back in February 2016, my partner took me to Scotland. Later that year in August and early September, Susan Fletcher took me back again.
Witch Light, or Corrag, as its alternatively known, tells the story of a wild young girl living in the Scottish Highlands in 1692.
Learning everything from her Mother, Corrag heals with plants and herbs, and leads a beautiful, simple life amongst nature and the elements.
But this simplicity gets Corrag labelled as a Witch and she’s thrown into a dark, dank cell to await her fate.
Charles Leslie, an Irish man of the cloth, hears of her incarceration and begins visiting her in her last days. He learns that she witnessed the brutal Massacre of Glencoe, and so, to him, she tells her story. One that could not only change her destiny, but perhaps everyone else’s too.
If you’re after a story which is action-packed and fast-paced, this isn’t it. Witch Light is a beautiful, serene story full of incredible description. I found myself walking through the Highlands, feeling the snow tickle my face and freeze my ears. I saw the grand hinds, I heard the owl and smelt the peat-smoked aromas of the mountain villages.
I’m not usually one for books with loads and loads of description. But the author was so brilliant at it, it made this book absolutely breathtaking.
When I go back to Scotland, which I undoubtedly will, this book will be carried with me in my thoughts as I look at the scenery with a new pair of eyes and far more appreciation of this beautiful world we live in.