I would not normally read stories like this one but I fell in love with cover. It's gorgeous! The setting and descriptions were wonderful (How can you not fall in love with Wales!!).
As for the characters, I really did not like Laura. I just could not connect with her character (the cheating probably did not help). Merlin was okay. I felt like he was down played a lot and I was really disappointed because I was expecting more from "The Merlin" from the King Arthur legend! I did not like how the author kept jumping between Laura's story and Merlin's past. There were not any breaks between the two and so it felt very disjointed.
This story had a lot of potential but sadly it did not meet my expectations.
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, nurse-maid 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 refuses to help Lord Geraint it is Megan who may pay the price.
From New York Times bestselling 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 readers are sure to fall in love with.