- 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,701,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High Magic's Aid
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I view this book as a historical curiosity. If you're at all considering exploring the Wicca religion, I recommend NOT reading it -- save that for after you really know what Wicca is about.
I did like Thur though (who was the sole not-one-dimensional character). I could identify with him.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book. It gave me perspectives I had not considered.
Shipped on time. Arrived quickly.
Standard difficult to read Gardner work. Uses a fictional story to relate informationPublished 3 months ago by Nce59
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 10 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
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