Book Review, Pagan

Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

I really appreciate that this book was written by an Irish reconstructionist. There’s a certain level of academic adherence in the reconstructionists that puts me at ease. I don’t feel like I have to take everything with a grain of salt and question their research methods and wonder if they’re adding artistic license to their… Continue reading Pagan Portals: The Morrigan

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Naamah’s Blessing

The final installment of the Moirin trilogy takes our favorite characters even farther than they’ve already been. All the way to the shores of what we would think of as South America. Moirin interacts with the equivalency of Aztec and Incan people, in a long, dangerous journey she has to undertake to right a wrong.… Continue reading Naamah’s Blessing

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Naamah’s Curse

I’ve never read a more beautiful, terrifying story. If you know me, you know that a basically Pagan Celtic protagonist driven by her soul’s passion to form meaningful connections with people is…well, me. Reading characters that so closely mirror ourselves can be an interesting exercise. You learn a lot about yourself. In reading this book—which… Continue reading Naamah’s Curse

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Naamah’s Kiss

I thought I wouldn’t be as interested in Moirin’s trilogy after I heard that it takes place so long after Phedre and Joscelin and Imriel’s time. I was wrong. There’s an entirely different approach to this one. It’s the same in that the story starts with Moirin as a young girl, and we watch her… Continue reading Naamah’s Kiss

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Celtic Magic

I feel like DJ Conway and I have similar tastes in pantheons and magick systems, so it was a no-brainer to read this book. I really enjoy the simple and accessible format, and the information that she included. I think the most valuable component of this book for me was the sample ritual components, which… Continue reading Celtic Magic

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Immortal Fire

YOU GUYS. OH MY GODS. This book is better than I expected. Considering how much I absolutely LOVED the first and second ones, I was already expecting a lot. Yes, the action is well-paced, the story structure is one of the most masterful I’ve read in ages. The characters are interesting and complex and so,… Continue reading Immortal Fire

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Red Winter

Oh my. I didn’t have any expectations going into this book, because I hadn’t heard much about it. I found it on some lists of YA books with snow in them. Seriously. (Research for my current novel.) I am so glad that this book came onto my radar. I think it started out a tiny… Continue reading Red Winter

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Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology is a delightful collection of re-tellings, in Gaiman’s unique and unparalleled voice. He lays things out clearly, so that you don’t see all the ambiguity of ancient myths passed down in a hundred different versions via oral traditions. You see the bones of the stories, and you get to understand the Norse mythos… Continue reading Norse Mythology

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Kushiel’s Mercy

Imriel’s great quest in the wilds on his own is over—but Carey’s stories are never that simple. He’s made great sacrifices, and terrible mistakes. And now he has to win the right to be with the woman he loves. You feel sorry for him. No one should have to endure the amount of travesty and… Continue reading Kushiel’s Mercy

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Kushiel’s Justice

This is the second book in the Imriel trilogy, and it’s just so darn sad! In the best way possible, because I’m beginning to think that Carey’s incapable of writing anything bad. But I definitely cried while reading this book. I actually was reading a particularly weighty scene during a pumping break at work (still… Continue reading Kushiel’s Justice