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Lammas Night Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1983
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I also wish that at least once, KK would have a character who is important esoterically who is NOT a Lord, King, or other artificially elevated personage. At least "Lammas Night" actually touches slightly on the fact of Christian atrocities rather than reading like complete church apologia.
Interesting "what if" to history. I like how the author weaves in the mystical elements that "could" have been working behind the scenes of known historical events and how the fictional Prince William is plausibly inserted into the royal family of the time.
One of the aspects that I appreciated most was her use of the Old Religion of the British Isles, specifically her non-sensationalist presentation of tenets of the faith many people follow to this day. I am not a follower but have read fairly extensively in the Matter of Britain, from various perspectives, and I found myself believing that it could well have happened. I do know that Dion Fortune, who has a cameo in the book, is/was a real person. I also was so taken up in the universe of the novel that I had to look up and find whether there actually had been a Prince William who died in 1940. There wasn't, but there really was a Prince John, who died at the age of thirteen, who in this book is William's twin.
I was not put off by the history of the occult or the past life regressions of both Graham and William; both were vitally necessary to an understanding of what was going on, and not boring in the least. I won't post spoilers, but the past does impinge on the present in the novel, and the idea of the sacrificial king is key to the entire story.
Well done, Ms. Kurtz. I am ambivalent about there being no sequel to the story. It would have been interesting to read about what happened to the characters next, but the story is so complete as it stands that I think writing more would have weakened the story.
As well, I will state that this is an excellent book to read to learn about the Old Religion, in a "spoonful of sugar" kind of way, a good introduction if one wants to read more. I heartily recommend John and Caitlin Matthews' books about The Western Way and the Celtic and Arthurian traditions as a next step in learning about this tradition.
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