Magickware\’s Pagan Book Reviews

September 18, 2003

A Question of Balance

Filed under: Book Reviews,Fiction — magickware @ 7:55 pm

A Question of BalanceA Question of Balance, The Doctor and the Witch Book One
By Trish Reynolds; Pagan World Press (Dubsar House Publishing)The battle between good and evil, light and dark, rages supreme in this well written book. The Witch, a Priestess of light and The Doctor, a scientist of the paranormal, become entangled with each other and the high leaders of a worldwide organization (The Order) following the left hand path. The Doctor and the Witch combine their talents in science and magic to foil The Order’s attempt to obtain three powerful talismans that will allow them to push the world and the universe into black chaos.

The book is a bit on the dark side for my tastes. There are graphic descriptions of torture scenes, which left me a bit uncomfortable. Thankfully those portions of the book were brief and did not detract from my enjoyment of the story as a whole.

The only negative thing I can say about the book has more to do with the production itself, and not the engrossing saga unfolding in its pages. There were an obvious number of proofreading errors and problems with some of the paragraphs’ type flowing together. Still, all in all, I could figure out which words were missing or misspelled and follow the story. I’m sure another reader who doesn’t spend their time getting paid to see these kinds of errors in the written word would find them a minor inconvenience.

(Note from the book’s author: I received a pre-production copy for review and the typos have been corrected)

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May 18, 2003

Circle of Five

Filed under: Book Reviews,Fiction — magickware @ 7:58 pm

Circle of Five Circle of Five
Dolores Stewart Ricco
Kensington Books Fiction ©2003What a surprisingly delightful book! The book begins with a prologue complete with a gruesome child abduction and murder. After that the story focuses on five completely believable women. Despite their varying ages and backgrounds, the women have been drawn together to form a coven. The women were drawn together because of their overlapping beliefs and needs, and like many of us, a witchy lifestyle just fit.

The magic they practice is completely ‘normal’. Their celebration of ritual and use of spell work could have been practiced by any number of real witches. Of course the book is fiction, so the characters and plots do take twists and turns that can hardly be described as everyday happenings. The reader follows the women through the Wheel of the Year as they use their magic and talents to help create a wetland sanctuary and catch the murderer we were introduced to in the first pages of the book.

I couldn’t put the book down. If you like books in the ‘to catch a crook’ brand, you’ll love this novel. Even if you normally don’t read this type of book, I strongly recommend it. I can’t wait for the sequel Charmed Circle due out in November of this year.

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