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High Magic's Aid Paperback – July 26, 2010
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If you're unfamiliar with the topics mentioned any of my foregoing comments, then I respectfully add that, no, Dorothy, you're not in Kansas anymore. High Magic's Aid presents a paradigm of thinking and action that is unfamiliar to most modern Westerners. Be prepared to think outside of the box if you read this. Gardner has wedged some very real stuff into his little medieval romance novel.
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.