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Season of the Witch Paperback – March 4, 2008

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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.


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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: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Colbert on January 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
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 willofthewisp on October 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Slow, purposeless beginning, intriguing middle, disappointing ending. It just seems like the author just didn't have enough to make a novel-length story and added a bunch of filler. We get to know Gabriel quite a bit, but nothing of depth, and it only hints at his "dark" past. Also, once you read it all the way through, it really doesn't matter how Gabriel knows Frankie, the woman who brings the plot to him, or the nature of their previous relationship. All we really needed to know was that a young man has died mysteriously and his step-mother thinks the two weird women (not quite old enough to be cougars) killed him...I think that's written on the back of the book.

The sisters themselves are actually pretty fascinating, I thought. They differ from each other, but this cat-and-mouse they have with Gabriel makes for an addictive read. Who will seduce who first? And not just physical seduction, but that into alchemy, the art of memory, and some of the oldest aspects of the occult. Most of the diary entries capture one's interest, too. Someone in another review mentioned things like Gabriel not having time to work bothered them, but I saw that as evidence as to how far gone he was and how enticing the sisters and their...hobbies, for lack of a better word...are.

But then the story presents a twist of sorts, and it's kind of predictable. I can't reveal too much, but once this twist is revealed, the book just meanders, and yet, it seems rushed. There are some deaths, some dangerous situations, and a really, really weird resolution that doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the book as far as tone goes.

What makes the book memorable and worth a read is the exposition of the art of memory and believe it or not, the book's website is actually a lot more interesting.
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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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