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

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Kirsty Logan's mesmerising and evocative novel represents an imaginative triumph in this new subgenre [of "witch lit"]. Again, this is hard to explain, and all I can really do is tell you to read it to find out, but there’s something magical about it, combined with the occasionally experimental nature of it (there are entire sections which are someone telling their part of the story, for example), which adds to the folktale feeling. The mummers sections had a "Midsummer Nights Dream" feel about it, and loved the way that they were a band of waifs and strays. But Lux is cunning; she knows how to exploit people's expectations, how to blend into the background. It's a very stylish and competent read -- I've read a few things by Kirsty Logan before and never really enjoyed them, but I've always appreciated their ability to string together words in a compelling way.

Wordsmith extraordinaire Kirsty Logan has written what is possibly her best novel yet in a tale that feels as old as the hills but sparkles with formal inventiveness. I was so looking forward to reading that book and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to my expectations. i don't know why the author felt the need to mention fecal matters so many times but it felt extremely out of place. From the snowy winter woods to the bright midnight sun; from lost and powerless to finding your path, Now She is Witch conjures a world where women grasp at power through witchcraft, sexuality and performance, and sometimes by throwing each other to the wolves.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Now She Is Witch is part historical, part fantasy, an entwined mix of the two genres, such that you find yourself not quite sure. As a lover of witches, female rage, revenge murder, gender neutrality, matriarchy, and the word ‘cunt,’ this was good as hell. I was looking forward to sinking into her newest novel, but I found myself distanced from it throughout. The strength of this novel is less in the plot but in the way the various characters navigate the strange, otherworldly realm that they inhabit.

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. As they travel we get to know Lux’s past and we meet many different and colourful characters who to me felt almost like; ghosts. Honestly, what I wouldn't give for a sliver, a morsel, a grain of sand in the oyster of this woman's writing-capability. Anyway, Logan dips her toes into that myth, her main character being a herbalist and abortionist, but manages to craft a story that does justice to the horrors of witch hunts and the disempowered position women held in medieval societies that never feels exaggerated.Else wants Lux’s help in getting some good old-fashioned revenge and Lux, who has her mind fixed on travelling north to a land where freedom reigns and witches thrive, teams up with her. Plus, the element of mystery was intriguing enough to keep me turning the pages until I reached the end.

Mothers and daughters, witches and herbalists, masked mummers and cursed rabbits as hauntings all inhabit the pages of this dreamlike novel that reads like a dark European folktale.Now She is Witch is a beautiful, atmospheric, resonant tale that follows Lux and Else as they fight to be heard and to tell their own stories. For Lux and Else trail the weighty plumes of traumatic pasts, which Logan skilfully offers us in passages of backstory that sing, screech and skip through the novel in the way records are marked by jagged scratches.

It’s the perfect image – life atop icy precarity; festive warmth upon unforgiving cold – to set the stage for a tale whose protagonist will be confronted by many perilous contrasts.A slow burning, sinister tale of witchcraft and wise women, with complex, powerful, female characters. In rich and immersive prose Kirsty Logan conjures a world of violence and beauty in which women grasp at power through witchcraft and poisons, through sexuality and childbearing, through performance and pretence, and most of all through throwing other women to the wolves. Normally, this might be a little frustrating, but Kirsty Logan manages it so deftly that what it does is hook you further and further into the story. A brilliant stand-alone story to read on cold, wintery nights with the wind howling and the rain pouring outside. This novel clearly falls in that neo-subgenre of “feminist-witch-fiction” has become so oversaturated in the past few years that I thought I was done with it.

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