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Season of the Witch Paperback – March 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223357
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Natasha Mostert is the author of four novels, The Midnight Side, The Other Side of Silence, and Windwalker, and Season of the Witch. Educated in South Africa and at Columbia University, New York, Mostert holds graduate degrees in lexicography and applied linguistics and bachelors in Modern Languages majoring in Afrikaans, Dutch, English and German. Her political opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed page of The New York Times, in Newsweek, The Independent and The Times (London). She lives in London.

Customer Reviews

As a fussy gourmand of mystery writing, I heartily recommend this mysterious and spicy offering.
Reader-Writer
I am going to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, so much so that I had a hard time putting it down.
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I can't reveal too much, but once this twist is revealed, the book just meanders, and yet, it seems rushed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader-Writer on August 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a fussy gourmand of mystery writing, I heartily recommend this mysterious and spicy offering. Not only does Mostert know how to create create multi-dimensional characters, but she also knows how to weave them into a compelling tale and teach us something about arcane practices to boot. I'm delighted she enhanced my summer with such a creative read.
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I really liked this book! It was a unique sort of thriller/fantasy/mystery novel. A fast and entertaining read, it certainly was not predictable and kept me guessing over which sister was good and which was evil until the very end! I think, however, the book would have benefited from a different title and cover, one that would be more widely appealing for the mystery that it was. The story had a very cinematic feel, and I think that the paranormal romance cover and title would put off a section of readers who would otherwise enjoy this book. It really is more of a mystery than anything else, and while there elements of both the paranormal and romance, I just wouldn't categorize this book in that section. I am definitely curious in this author's other books!
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Season of the Witch is a book that you either love or hate. It's full of magic, mysticism, murder, mayhem, sexual tension and I loved it!

Gabriel is a remote viewer which means that he can see through people's eyes, see what they see, feel what they feel. When he is asked to find his ex-girlfriend's stepson he discovers something that scares and fascinates him when he scans his mind - the young man is slowly being drowned in a pool after he's been through 'The House of a Million Doors'.

Gabriel's search takes him to an old rambling house called Monk House which has a swimming pool:

"Monk House was the only Victorian house in an entire street of elegant Georgian buildings. It sat bulkily on the corner: square, brooding and defiant in its otherness. The brickwork was deep orange and there was more than a hint of Gothic in the pointed gable and the oriel window bulging from the house's flank. It was late afternoon and the sun glinted redly off the tiny leaded panes, creating an impression that inside a fire was burning."

The inhabitants of this house were the two beautiful Monk sisters, solar witches, red-haired Minnaloushe, an academic in Maths and Philosophy, the thinker: dark-haired Morrighan, an environmentalist, an eco-warrior, the do-er.

As Gabriel gets drawn deeper into their world he is confronted with obsession, high magic, mystic symbols, the ancient Art of Memory, Memory Palaces, alchemy and the frightening 'House of a Million Doors' (where each different room is full of weird images such as hundreds of clocks, broken violins, carnivorous plants, a blind monk). But what and where is it?
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By RayGun on May 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
What I loved most about this book is I actually learned something... you gotta hand it to a book filled with psychics and solar witches to actually teach someone a real talent that truly was invented by the ancient Greeks and used successfully...

While Gabriel's ability to see into the future and to `hack' information from other people's minds is an incredibly cool idea... and the `witches' abilities to access the worlds endless information and even allow people into their `memory rooms' makes this probably one of the most interesting and unique adventures I've ever read about... I have to say learning about the Art of Memory was my favorite part of this book... because though it does stretch it to mythic proportions it is a real technique that if I didn't have such a short attention span I would truly love to give a try... sadly I'm too lazy...

Back to the book though... I have never read another book like this... it's amazing and has a lot of twists and turns... and their use of the Art of Memory is pretty trippy... And Gabriel's ability to see the past or future and to even access certain memories is a nice twist on being a hacker of the information age... this may seem like a girly book by the cover but I honestly think anyone could enjoy this story... and though there is a romantic angle that is a main part of the tale it doesn't overshadow it or take away from the main point... and the ending is rather bittersweet but I think it's the perfect ending for such a story...
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By Katia G. on February 11, 2013
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Actually I felt like giving the book three stars when I got to the last two chapters. Don't get me wrong. I loved the story. It is well constructed, the characters are charming and they crawl under your skin. I grew fond of Isidore, I fancied Gabriel and I was truly charmed by the sisters. The story is magic, because it's about magic, but it's modern as well because it involves computers, hackers and data flow. It's present meets myth. It's soul meets knowledge. It's fantasy meets science. Anyway... a page turner it is! You long to finish the book, to know how it ends. Then you come to the last two chapters and everything looks so "obvious". It's quite disappointing. You read as though you would already know the end. BUT then bam! There it is! What? Of course I'm not telling you! Do you think I'm a spoilsport of a reader? I only tell you that it earned my four stars and maybe you'll agree with me after reading it!
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