(book cover links to Goodreads)

Keywords: fiction, fantasy, philosophy


This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world; and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world, and how to pray to the moon. As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch.

Oh, Paulo, what a love-hate relationship I have with your works. This one is, happily, a love. Pretty much just this one and The Alchemist.

We’re offered some very interesting takes on magic here, and one I believe my pagan friends would agree, is rather authentic to their beliefs. I didn’t find it to be as high brow as some of his other books attempt to be. For me this was a truly captivating story about a girl who’s trying to find out where she fits into her community and the world. She wants to be more, and I think that is something we’ve all wanted at some point or another.

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