- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Godolphin House (March 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963065785
- ISBN-13: 978-0963065780
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scire was not a great novelist, either. His prose is OK and his story development is adequate. But this isn't a real page turner. If you want to read occult fiction from this time period, *anything* Dion Fortune wrote is better written than this novel. Contemporary novels, such as Katherine Kurtz' Adept series & Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde tales seem much more palatable for anybody who just wants to entertain themselves with "Witch Novels."
I am, however, deeply grateful for having taken the time and effort to read this book. It is a piece of History. Without Gerald B. Gardner and his antics, it is unlikely that the Craft would be available to the general public today. This book was the prodrome to the popular revival of the Craft. To read it is to partake of History. Because of this--not for its instructional merits, nor for its entertainment value--I give it five stars.
Also, it does not work with the Kindle dictionary. When trying to look up a word it gives you the error message that no dictionaries in the book's language were found, even though the book is clearly in English. (For the record, my Kindle dictionary works perfectly fine with all other books, it is only this book that results in this error.)
Save your money until Amazon addresses the issues with this Kindle edition.
THe story starts off with Olaf Bonder bound in a triangle just outside a circle. Since he is a virgin he is more able to recieve signals from the spirits. The spirits tell him to find a certain Witch, The Witch of Were. Olaf is Jan's younger brother, and Jan is the one who want top reclaim his grandfather's estate and become a lord again. Thur their mentor is the town leech and a magician of sorts.
Together they group off to find the witch of were who is infact a priestes of the old religion. When they find her in a malnourished state they are somewhat disappointed, especially Jan. THe group barely escape with their life. THey travel into London and wonder at the marvels their.
Jan is slow to convince, Olaf sems preconvinced. Thur and Morwen work together casting spells, charging sigils and seals all with the effort of helping Jan retake his stolen inheritance. Along the way they are doged by church officials and a very controlling mother.
The reader is treated to front row seat of several rituals of both witch craft and high magical workings. THe book is a product of it's time and deals more with Ceremonial magic. The Old religion is mentioned but the Goddes so central to Wicca is hardly mentioned. Janicot the God is mentioned plenty. For those who are into Gerald Gardner and Wicca I reccomend this book to you. THose who like this genre should get teh book as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ive met a few wiccans and some of them were so nice that I wanted to learn something. Im agnostic but Im open minded. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is a little slow, but then I did not get this strictly for the story. As a Wiccan i had been wanting to read the story for years.Published on December 20, 2013 by wiccanreader
I bought this book because I'd seen an intelligent and interesting TV program "Compass",(the religion program from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Helen Holliday
Gardner opened our eyes to the world of magic and opened the door for the open practice of the Old Religion.Published on January 28, 2013 by Tim and Cindy Beavers
This Book is really informative & full of useful information & a great compliment
to Toward the Wiccan circle & an Introductory & practical Self Study Coures
in Ritual... Read more
I thought this book was OK.I'm not a literay snob,yet this book was lacking.It was kind of fluffy,for young teens.Maybe serious literature was not Gerald Gardner's forte. Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by Magickal Merlin