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The Golden Web [Hardcover]

Nell Grey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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1 May 2005
Three Magic Women, both prequel and sequel to Nell Grey’s magical novel, The Golden Web, begins with the story of Ellie’s maternal grandmother, newly married and living at the Old Priory. But things are not as they seem. She must struggle to overcome the damage caused by a love-starved childhood, and to reconcile her natural passion and the spiritual and imaginative side of her nature with the expectations of a husband much older than herself.

Part two is Ellie’s story. Confused and alone after years spent away from the world, what she needs above all else is a key to open the door to her lost past and help her rediscover balance, purpose and the magic that exists all around us. Then she finds her grandmother’s letters…

Nell Grey has woven a subtle magic of her own; echoes of The Golden Web and Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene call from the pages of Three Magic Women, and reality shifts like the sun’s rays through the trees as it crosses the sky above the hill beloved of both Ellie and her young and troubled yet-to-be grandmother.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree Press Brighton; New edition edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954682718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954682712
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,167,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The paperback was published in 2004 in an edition of 1,000, and we have very few remaining. This is the first printing in hardback of Nell Grey's pagan novel and has been produced especially for collectors in a limited edition of 500. The inside cover is of black Wibalin in a fine linen finish with an unusual design based on the dust jacket in gold blocking on the front and the title and author's name in gold on the spine. All copies are signed by the author on the title page.

From the Author

The Golden Web grew from a deep love of the land, a lifetime's interest in myth and magic and my fascination for esoteric religions. It is Ellie's story, but in many ways it is my story too, and perhaps the story of all those who recognise the spiritual and mystical in themselves and set out to find it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and disturbing 20 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a profoundly thought-provoking book, deeply moving and often disturbing.
Beautifully written, it is a story of love, sex, magic (both white and black)and madness set against the materialism and mediocrity of modern society.
A woderful tonic for the mundane. I look forward to the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensuous & exciting read 22 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a marvellous novel. The prose reads like a blending of the best of Joanne Harris and Anita Diamant, with a magic twist of its own. The main character, named Ellie (though her real name is only uncovered later in the book) is a deep and complex creation who quickly draws the reader into her world and takes us with her on her exciting and revelatory journey. The powerful ending is both shocking and perfectly right.
A seductive and scintillating read and one which deserves a wide audience. I look forward very much to the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and magical 25 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
The prologue of Three Magic Women allows the reader a glimpse of Ellie, the main character from The Golden Web, at the beginning of a new life and needing some purpose and direction. These arrive somewhat disguised in the form of her grandmother's letters. Chapter one rolls back the years, and the whole of Part 1 is told by way of the same letters written by Una to her own mother at the age of sixteen, when she was starting married life in The Old Priory, Ellie's childhood home where half of The Golden Web takes place. The letters reveal Una as a strange damaged creature, given to violent passions and imaginings. In Part 2 the novel reverts to where the prologue left off, with Ellie, confused and vaguely troubled, not only by the content of the letters but also by the happenings in the house she shares with others like herself. Somehow she must pick up the threads of normality and learn to live in the real world.

The first part of Three Magic Women is as strange as Una herself. One can't help asking questions about madness, where and how it begins and how broad the cusp of sanity and insanity is. Una's story is punctuated and paralleled (in an odd and non-literal way), by verses from Edmund Spenser's epic poem The Faerie Queene, which seems in some way as mysterious and multi-layered as Una herself.

Part 2 takes place in the present day and is written in a completely different way. Una's voice has gone, to be replaced with a straightforward third person narrative. Events escalate as Ellie attempts to find herself, until the wonderfully lyrical end which will stay with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read 28 May 2012
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nell Grey has a wonderfully poetic writing style well suited to this story. Ellie grows up with a deep connection to the land around and to the cycles of the year. She discovers she has abilities which her own instincts refine. We learn of her journey to find and join with other practitioners of the Old Religion, The Craft. In the second part (originally a separate story) we learn of her grandmother who had similar talents. You don't need to have any beliefs in witchcraft to enjoy this book. I found it entirely fascinating and beautifully told.

These days more of us are holding to ecologically based beliefs and the knowledge that humans cannot do as they wish with the world and simply take what they want. The balance shown in this book, the following of the cycles of the year as causes for celebration, all this rings true without a belief in the ways of Ellie's Hidden People. This is at its basic level, simply a gripping story of members of a family whose gifts are strange to most people but whose intentions in using them were good. It's a riveting read!
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