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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The book contains some very dark and harrowing content, and seems wound around the concepts of womanhood and personhood and all the insidious little parts of society along the way. So, yes, it’s a story of power and its warping, but also of love and courage and wisdom and beauty and a magic that runs deep in the earth. The importance of choice and desire are at the centre of this story, things that these women were either denied or given very little of. to the right of their own function and the choice and forge of their own fate and future with their wisdom that comes from the biggest goddess of all; Mother Earth. It will definitely go down as one of my top reads of the year, and possibly one of my all-time favourites too.

But what I really love here is Kirsty’s vivid and folkloric imagination - I’ll never get tired of it! Plus, the element of mystery was intriguing enough to keep me turning the pages until I reached the end.One of our national writing treasures , Kirsty Logan's latest tale is a deeply atmospheric , sometimes gory but ultimately uplifting . Like phantom whispers and long cold busy little fingers who are always watching but don’t belong to the same reality as the main characters.

Not even to mention the beautiful circularity of the story, and the way that shards from the first page fall into place and are mirrored once we reach the ending. It’s little wonder that for a time Lux, who as the novel progresses becomes in turn an actor on a frozen stage, a servant in a hall of delicacies, a food-taster to a lord and companion to a fine lady, is tempted to turn her back on Else’s revenge and set her own dreams of finding freedom in the wild country aside. It was equal parts haunting, whimsical and lyrical prose as it was dark, sensual and full of feminine rage. The leader of the theatre company, which haunts Lux throughout the story, “was as thin as a skeleton: if he lay on his side during rain, a tiny puddle would form in the hollow of his cheek”. 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.

It was either no full stops, lots of amphersands and inconsistent capitalisation or a sort of dreamlike prose which kept me at arms length. Lux’s goal is to avenge a terrible crime committed against her enigmatic, travelling companion Else.

There’s also a folkloric nature to the whole thing, particularly the recurring motif of the players. 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.This book has no defined setting, or defined period, and yet it feels so incredibly atmospheric, steeped in folklore and hand-me-down stories. One of our national writing treasures, Kirsty Logan's latest tale is a deeply atmospheric, sometimes gory but ultimately uplifting.

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