Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

Now She is Witch: ‘Myth-making at its best‘ Val McDermid

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Throughout the book, people retell their stories back to them, twisting them so the women become the villains, seductresses, witches. The realness of all these elements, in conjunction with the magical atmosphere of the setting and prose, made Lux’s story hit home all the harder.

I'm sure other readers will love this, but it did not compare to Logan's previously published novels or short stories for me. Irgendwo zwischen magischem Realismus, historischem Roman, literary fiction und ein klitzekleines bisschen Fantasy. From the snowy winter woods to the bright midnight sun; from the horrors of plague to the relief of healing; from lost and powerless to finding your path, Now She is Witch questions the oppositions that shadow our lives. Honestly, what I wouldn't give for a sliver, a morsel, a grain of sand in the oyster of this woman's writing-capability.I really enjoyed this creeping, sinister tale of witchcraft, such a hugely satisfying read, a kind of fantasy history, full of complex, powerful, women. This duality and internal conflict between the two women show how women during this age of witches and witch trials, could be convinced that women were the problem and men were the saviours. But there’s something about Kirsty Logan’s writing that seems to transcend the story itself; that reaches into the heart of a deep, dark, hidden history and pulls out a truth that resonates down the ages. They set out on a journey through the woods together, coming across a troupe of mummers who show her the power of stories - the way they can be shaped and moulded to fit with what we want to hear, the way we can become someone else entirely, and the way stories themselves can evolve across time into something entirely different.

Although Logan’s style may not be for everyone, there’s no denying her incredible skill as an author. The mummers sections had a "Midsummer Nights Dream" feel about it, and loved the way that they were a band of waifs and strays.I was really interested the the idea of reading a ‘feminist witch’ book but this book didn’t live up to my expectations. The plot in general is quite mysterious, strung together in a way that means you can’t quite tell what is truth and what is metaphor. I think one of the scariest points of the book was when one of the kitchen girls was not allowed to be around or tend the food because she was on her period and her unholiness would spoil the food. What follows is her life’s travels, making her way from a group of vagrant theatre plays, to a final position as the kings food taster, all the while accompanied by a mysterious woman named Else, who she grows closely connected to. I truly, truly highly recommend this book to everyone who needs some magic in their life or just a green light to finally be who they are.

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