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

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Photograph: Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images View image in fullscreen An eye for striking detail … Kirsty Logan.

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. I was looking forward to sinking into her newest novel, but I found myself distanced from it throughout. I must admit that I skipped through Lux's story part of the book as to me it didn't flow very well, a very different writing style. I HATE the myth of the female herbalist/midwife/abortionist who only tried to help the poor villagers and then gets murdered because men hate women with agency.i don't know why the author felt the need to mention fecal matters so many times but it felt extremely out of place. the stream of consciousness parts felt super random and were incredibly hard to read so i had to skip them completely. The chapters were perfect length-wise for me; someone who always checks where the end is when I start to read a new chapter. I really enjoyed this creeping, sinister tale of witchcraft, such a hugely satisfying read, a kind of fantasy history, full of complex, powerful, women.

As they move quickly and quietly in a never-ending bone-achingly dark and cold forest Lux is convinced that her saviour whose face is hiding from the world is a North witch with tremendous power.

I think the big topics were given due respect and breathing room for the most part, although of course that feels like a very personal rubric. 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. The mummers sections had a "Midsummer Nights Dream" feel about it, and loved the way that they were a band of waifs and strays. 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.

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