The Golden Web Hardcover – 1 May 2005
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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.See all Product description
Top customer reviews
A seductive and scintillating read and one which deserves a wide audience. I look forward very much to the sequel.
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.
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.
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!
Although the descriptions and the flow of the prose is sustained remarkably well throughout, the characterisation is poor. Only the narrator's voice and character really comes through. There are reams of strange sounding names to grapple with (a commune of 20+ people) and most of them are rather sketchily drawn. For this reason, it's hard to get too involved in the plot, or care overmuch at what happens to the characters.
The only real excitement comes near the very end, and the novel is wrapped up so abruptly I found it rather an unsatisfying conclusion. I see there's a sequel, and so the story will continue there. I hope the characters are better drawn. This was an interesting insight into Wicca, but probably not a story I'd want to follow in a sequel.
Ellie finally finds her allie in the shape of her aunt Wren, who encourages her to follow her dreams. Haneth,Kato,Danu and Oya, all become part of her new found family and she learns of true love.
Although some parts did come as a surprise, it only encourages the reader to keep going......l really did not want this to end.
Nell Grey has put so much thought and feeling into this book. Long may she continue writing......Blessed Be
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