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

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Logan’s novel is often brutal and visceral with graphic scenes that recreate the simmering violence of a time marked by its elaborate forms of discipline and punishment: the mortification of the flesh through flagellation; scolds’ bridals used on “outspoken” women; hunted animals; and plague victims boarded up and left to die.

On a technical level, she keeps getting stronger and stronger with every release, and Now She is Witch is near perfection. 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. It was either no full stops, lots of amphersands and inconsistent capitalisation or a sort of dreamlike prose which kept me at arms length. 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.okay so i'm usually not big on fantasy books but i wanted to give this one a chance as it has such strong feminist and queer subtext but i honestly wish i hadn't.

From the past perspective of lux I found the writing style of no capital letters or full stops really difficult to get through and lost the flow of the book. This book has no defined setting, or defined period, and yet it feels so incredibly atmospheric, steeped in folklore and hand-me-down stories.The emphasis here is on storytelling, not just in Logan’s approach to her material but through an intricate exploration of roles on offer to women like Lux accused of witchcraft and devoid of social or economic clout - the parts she’s forced to play, and who gets to tell her story. I'm sure other readers will love this, but it did not compare to Logan's previously published novels or short stories for me. 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. 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.

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. Irgendwo zwischen magischem Realismus, historischem Roman, literary fiction und ein klitzekleines bisschen Fantasy. This duality and internal conflict between the two women show how women during this age of witches and witch trials, could be convinced that women were the problem and men were the saviours. With her signature style, intricately woven storylines and simply stunning prose, Kirsty Logan did it again. 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.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. 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. A slow burning, sinister tale of witchcraft and wise women, with complex, powerful, female characters. 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.

But things in Logan’s vision are almost always excruciatingly unlike how they seem, and Lux’s dreamy idyll is cut short when beauty reveals its awful underbelly. 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 book also has good dynamics; there are no boring pages; even though the author focused more on the development of the main character, which is one of the reasons why this book is so good.

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