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#1 sue_ann

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:10 PM

I have read quite a bit of witchy fiction, I just love it. I am just starting a new novel Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustains I bought it today, I read pretty quickly and will soon be craving for more and just wondered what good bit of witchy fiction you have all read and enjoyed and could recommend for my next read/s.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:33 PM

Any of Terry Pratchett's books that feature the witches. There is some great children's fiction by Celia Rees: "Witch Child", "Sorceress", "The Soul Taker", "The Cunning Man" and I believe there are now more.

"The Moon Garden" by Wendy Mewes is fab, as is "Whittlewood" by Suzanne Ruthven (a supernatural murder mystery). "Witch Wood" by John Buchan is a classic.

"The Way of Wyrd" by Brian Bates is also brilliant, though not strictly witchy, it does have elements of magic.

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 06:35 PM

If you haven't read it already, I recommend Wise Child by Monica Furlong. I heard of that book from someone else on here (their name slipped my mind, so I hope she reminds me!) and it's very interesting!
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 09:32 PM

I'm glad this thread has started... I've never read anything fiction regarding witches, apart from Witch Child, mentioned above. I shall have to have a look at some of these that have been mentioned.
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:23 PM

If you haven't read it already, I recommend Wise Child by Monica Furlong. I heard of that book from someone else on here (their name slipped my mind, so I hope she reminds me!) and it's very interesting!


I TOTALLY love her books... she did 3 in the series and as far as I know, that was all she ever wrote (I believe she was in her 70s when she did them). And when you get into Coleman (the third in the series) and the black egg they use to curse this one fellow, that to me is when I would consider curse/hex useage (usage?)... and her bits about weaving, and in Juniper (the second book) when she has to kill the chicken- lol... Oh! and when they coat Wise Child in the flying ointment - THAT was good.... I could go on forever about these books....

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 10:26 PM

There was a supernatural series (can't remember author) the first of which was "Bitten" (book on werewolves (sp), but there was one book on witches which was cause for a lot of thought. The witches in this book had given away their power by refusing the curse/hex and destroying all their "bad" spells. A youngish witch was as odds with her elders becasue she thought this was a stupid thiing to do... anyway, it made me think of the "fight" between wiccans and trads regarding the darker side of magic, the need for balance, and the right v. wrong time to use it. Very thought provoking, and an enjoyable read.

Googled it - Kelley Armstrong is the author and it's the "Women of the Otherworld" series and covers werewolves, vampires, demons, and witches... also nice because characters from one book pop up in another, so makes it seem more realistic...

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:04 PM

Oh! and when they coat Wise Child in the flying ointment - THAT was good.... I could go on forever about these books....


Yeah, when i read that part, my heart was beating so fast! I was like, "Wow! No-way!" It seemed very realistic and yet dream-like at the same time! Great chapter!

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 11:21 PM

The "Dead Witch Walking" series about a witchy detective, by Kim Harrison, is one of my favorites.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:13 AM

Yeah, when i read that part, my heart was beating so fast! I was like, "Wow! No-way!" It seemed very realistic and yet dream-like at the same time! Great chapter!


There are several receipes for flying ointment, and I've often been tempted to try one but the majority of them contain some form of narcotic herb, which puts me off. I think that with time and dedication trance states would get one there, but it's sure tempting!!

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 02:26 AM

There was a supernatural series (can't remember author) the first of which was "Bitten" (book on werewolves (sp), but there was one book on witches which was cause for a lot of thought. The witches in this book had given away their power by refusing the curse/hex and destroying all their "bad" spells. A youngish witch was as odds with her elders becasue she thought this was a stupid thiing to do... anyway, it made me think of the "fight" between wiccans and trads regarding the darker side of magic, the need for balance, and the right v. wrong time to use it. Very thought provoking, and an enjoyable read.

Googled it - Kelley Armstrong is the author and it's the "Women of the Otherworld" series and covers werewolves, vampires, demons, and witches... also nice because characters from one book pop up in another, so makes it seem more realistic...


I have read "Bitten" (liked it) and intended on reading the rest of the series...but haven't gotten to any yet.

I happen to be a fan of the Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and also the series, The Mayfair Witches. I tend to gravitate towards vampire novels for some reason. have read a couple of series of vampire books that were written for a younger audience and enjoyed them.

I just picked up a book called 'Wicked" which is supposed to be a witchy novel written for younger readers too.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:33 AM

Wicked was interesting. Looking at things from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. I think I will read it again.
Thanks, everyone, for those titles. I will look them up.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:00 AM

I'm also a fan of Kim Harrison and Kerry Armstrong and i've read the Mayfair witches by Anne Rice, I thought they were all very good but i do prefer Kim Harrison's stuff.

The Witches of Eileanan series by Kate Forsyth was a good one and some pretty close descriptions of witchy things. She's also written a follow up series called Rhiannon's ride which is good but IMO not as good as the first and just checking out her website she's writing another which although is a kids book interests me.

Check her out here - http://www.kateforsy...-for-adults.htm

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:19 PM

There was a supernatural series (can't remember author) the first of which was "Bitten" (book on werewolves (sp), but there was one book on witches which was cause for a lot of thought. The witches in this book had given away their power by refusing the curse/hex and destroying all their "bad" spells. A youngish witch was as odds with her elders becasue she thought this was a stupid thiing to do... anyway, it made me think of the "fight" between wiccans and trads regarding the darker side of magic, the need for balance, and the right v. wrong time to use it. Very thought provoking, and an enjoyable read.

Googled it - Kelley Armstrong is the author and it's the "Women of the Otherworld" series and covers werewolves, vampires, demons, and witches... also nice because characters from one book pop up in another, so makes it seem more realistic...


Ive read a few of Kelley Armstrongs books, I loved Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic and No Humans Required. I also like the way she uses her characters throughout the series but uses a different narrator for each book.

I loved Nora Roberts Three Sisters Island Trilogy I bought all three books and just read them one after the other couldn't put them down it was so well written I could almost see myself living on that island! infact wish I did:)

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:37 PM

Ive read a few of Kelley Armstrongs books, I loved Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic and No Humans Required. I also like the way she uses her characters throughout the series but uses a different narrator for each book.

I loved Nora Roberts Three Sisters Island Trilogy I bought all three books and just read them one after the other couldn't put them down it was so well written I could almost see myself living on that island! infact wish I did:)


I did read this trilogy by Nora Roberts and found them to be nice summertime reading. I also have the trilogy of hers, the Circle Trilogy...also a witchy series and also enjoyed them.

I absolutely loved Gregory Maguire's "Wicked". My daughters and I went to the stage production of that in StL. and were very impressed and had a great time.

The book "Wicked" I referred to earlier is a different author...looking at the cover it is apparently a compilation of two novels by co-authors Nancy holder and Debbie Viguie. What can I say, they had this book just laying around at Borders... :wink:

Another book that I read sometime ago that I enjoyed as light summertime reading was "Garden Spells", (can't recall the author right off). It sort of reminded me of the Hallmark movie "The Good Witch".

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 08:05 PM

Don't forget Joanne Harris, whose book "Chocolat" was made into a film, albeit a poor relation of the book. She has written quite a few on a similar vein, wherein subtle magics are at work. :flyaway:
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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:53 PM

Finally got a copy of Voodoo Dreams by Jewell Parker Rhodes not really witchcraft but Voodoo and hoodoo fiction.
I have read about 10 pages and it is fab so far


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Posted 14 April 2009 - 09:36 PM

Also, there is a movie, based on a book, called "The Shipping News". If the movie is anything to go by, well worth the read. ;)
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Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:47 PM

Anything by Terry Pratchett has an element of magic in it somewhere, and a whole series on witches...really funny.

I am currently reading the Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory, am enjoying it because it's set in Tudor times and Gregory's research is always fairly accurate and incorporated nicely into her fiction...However, it's pretty bizarre in some places to say the least!

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:25 AM

Ooh I did buy a book called Pagan Heat witch turned out to be Pagan erotic fiction . Dreadful story but what hell ? :naughty:

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:41 AM

I have read quite a bit of witchy fiction, I just love it. I am just starting a new novel Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustains I bought it today, I read pretty quickly and will soon be craving for more and just wondered what good bit of witchy fiction you have all read and enjoyed and could recommend for my next read/s.


Finished Black Magic Woman and now on the sequel Evil Ways. BMW was a great witchy read the story stems from the Salem trials and a family grudge resulting in a black magic curse to modern day. It has a few vampires and demons briefly thrown in for good measure, a bit of voodoo and South African tagati, sangomas and muti. Face paced, humerous and I couldnt put it down. It's basically good witch and companion hunting down bad witch with a few twists. I recommend.

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