- Taschenbuch: 154 Seiten
- Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (29. Dezember 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1481852418
- ISBN-13: 978-1481852418
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 0,9 x 22,9 cm
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Scotch Broom: Witches of Galdorheim (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 29. Dezember 2012
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Marva Dasef lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a couple of lazy cats. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation. Marva has published more than forty stories in a number of on-line and print magazines, with several included in Best of anthologies. She has several previously published books. Her latest pride and joy is the Witches of Galdorheim Series in audio book format.
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What really stood out for me was this conversation:
***"I want to tell Andy I'll be gone until next spring, and...and I think we should take a break from each other."
Ardyth joined the conversation in her role as mom. "Sweetheart. Do you really want to do that? Andy is your first love, after all."
"Ah, Mom, he's smothering me!"
"Uh, sweetie, you haven't even seen him for months."
Kat tightened her lips. How do I explain long-distance smothering? "Mom, things change, or at least, I have. A lot. Andy is a normal human now, and I don't mean that in any negative way. We just don't have much in common. I'm a witch, and he no longer has his troll magic."
"It's not Andy's fault he changed back into human form when he left the Troll Kingdom."
"Actually, it is!" Kat almost stamped her foot but managed to hold back. Why don't they get it? "He can't live here without magic, and I can't live with his tribe with magic.***
*The Fountain Pen Diva says \m/\m/* See, you can have a great heroine who doesn't change at the first whiff of testosterone.
Kat is sixteen years old and ready to go on her Winter Abroad, a witch's first solo jaunt to the outside world. She plans to visit Stonehenge, stopping off first in Scotland to deliver some letters to the Trow (Troll) King Connor. Of course this being Kat, it's more than certain the best-laid plans will go astray. However, it's the machinations of a bullying former classmate named Merry who sends poor Kat into the Otherworld and into the hands of a weakened yet scheming goddess (who thinks that William Shakespeare was some kind of magician. The Macbeth jokes were hilarious). Caillech wants her power back and the only way to get it is for her to steal from a witch...and poor Kat, lost in the Otherworld and trying to make her way to the King Connor's hall, looks like the perfect victim.
Then there's Rune (better known as my fictional jailbait book boyfriend). He's being sent to Transylvania to meet his father, and he's not interested in the least. So Rune, being Rune does what he does best--get involved in whatever his sister Kat is into by ditching Transylvania and heading to Scotland:
***The other reason, though, was she was always getting into some interesting messes. Not on purpose, of course. But nothing exciting ever happened to him that didn't involve Kat. Her entertainment value was huge in Rune's mind.***
And indeed she does. Kat finds herself escorted (perhaps) by a magnificent stag, a green-tinted hell hound and a sarcastic sidhe who transforms into a cat. Oh and a unicorn (how remiss of me to forget). Meanwhile, Kat and Rune's mother and aunt are in rescue mode, headed to the Otherworld, hopefully before things get dangerous.
Unfortunately for Rune, dual-natured as he is, things take a darker turn.
Marva Dasef skillfully blends magic and mythology and humor. It's a great series for anyone who likes amazing, resourceful heroines who doesn't mind being brainy and who do their own rescuing, thank you very much. This is why she is my author rock star, and why I don't mind providing an honest review.
Oh, and I need copies of The Compleat Book of Bats. Care and Feeding of Monsters. Selling Love Potions on the Internet. Vampires: The Myths and the Facts, lol.
By the way, was I the only person to have a Jefferson Airplane moment with this line "One spell makes it larger and one spell makes it small."
Katrina is about sixteen now and is going to Stonehenge for her Winter Abroad, something all young witches must experience on their own. Her younger brother Rune, a half-vampire, is being sent to visit his father in Transylvania, but since he isn’t keen on that idea, he takes off (via the Troller-Coaster again – see v.1) and follows his sister. Through the trickery of a fellow student witch, Kat and Rune both end up passing through a magic portal into the world of Gaelic Faery. Here we meet magical creatures – the stag Sianach, the green Hound from Hell Cusith, the fairy cat Cait Sidhe, a unicorn named Diamond, and others. But the most sinister and the most darkly funny character is the winter goddess Cailleach, who through lack of worshippers, has deteriorated into her hag form. Cailleach is eager to seize this young witch who is trespassing in her realm so she can steal her magic and regain her youthful powers.
Marva Dasef’s stories are particularly fun for their allusions and send-ups of our modern day. For example, when Kat makes a map of her trip appear in the air, Rune remarks, “Looks like Google Earth, except see-through.” Cailleach has a book on her shelf called “Selling Love Potions on the Internet.” The Otherworld is infested with skrats, strange little feathered creatures that appear to be a cross between a chicken and a rat. Actually, a skrat is an entity from Scandinavian folklore, but I was immediately reminded of Scrat from the Ice Age movies. The fairy cat Cait Sidhe is a particularly entertaining character, always independent according to cat nature but more willing to help than he wants to admit. He spouts breezy jargon, throwing out Spanish phrases like “De nada,” calling the unicorn the “donkey,” and addressing Kat as “witchy.”
The story gets more serious toward the end, however, when Rune undergoes a coming-of-age ordeal of his own in confronting Cailleach. After this experience he will never be quite the same devil-may-care youth that he has been in the series up to now.
And one more remark. The author threw in frequent references to the Wizard of Oz, particularly toward the end of the book. They add to the book’s richness and are a lot of fun.
I have given all three books in this series four stars. This one is definitely the best and if I could, I would give it four and a half. I recommend the series for any young person in the appropriate age group, and it’s a fun read for adults as well!
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