- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Moon Books (27 Nov. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782799885
- ISBN-13: 978-1782799887
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1 x 21.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,099,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A menopausal witch, magic and mayhem...fabulous book I could totally relate to! --Rachel Patterson, author of Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
About the Author
Sheena Cundy is a witch, wife, mother, musician, teacher and Reiki Master. She teaches the Tarot, spiritual development, and horse riding, and sings and writes songs for her pagan band Morrigans Path. Sheena is author of the Magic of Nature Oracle, a card deck based on British wildlife.
Top Customer Reviews
The Madness and the Magic is a lovely book. It is a novel and packs a good story with many laughs (plus some serious food for thought). Having said that, what makes it different from a regular "good read" is that it is about a Witch called Minerva (and her teenage daughter) so one actually finds out what happens in the household of a witch! Is the universe perceived a touch differently here? Even the new year starts on a different day of year, compared to most households!
The cosmology that forms the backdrop of this books follows sound spiritual principles. I am actually pretty sure this is what could or would well be happening in the house of a witch right now!
As a shamanic teacher I feel that the funniest scene in the whole book involves a set of dentures and a fire. I won't give the details away (buy the book!) but I laughed out loud.
So... if you are looking for a book that is intelligent and unusual - this is the book for you! And did you know that even a menopausal witch cannot escape hot flushes?! There just doesn't seem to be a spell to ward them off...
I am sure my three boys will now say: and what about a novel about what happens in the household of a shamanic practitioner?! But no, I doubt that it would be half as entertaining as this book...
Oh and one more thing!Read more ›
Although the book deals with serious issues it never takes itself or its paganism too seriously. The central character, Minerva, just happens to be a modern day witch who is struggling with the problems of single motherhood, menopause and a teenage daughter's accidental pregnancy while dealing with her own attraction to the new dishy, guitar-playing vicar. Her attempts to use magic to influence the outcome of events are hilarious, but the book also has its moment of sadness and this too is handled with a lightness of touch that ensures it never becomes maudlin. The characters are well drawn, from over-the-top Minerva herself to her insecure friend Isis, from Rhiannon, her daughter, trying to find her own place in the world to the refreshingly open-minded vicar.
Although written by a self-confessed modern day witch you don't need to be pagan to love this book. It is a very human but ultimately uplifting tale that will be enjoyed equally by all women of 'a certain age' and no doubt by their open-minded male partners too. I can't wait for the promised second instalment.
The characters were fun to get to know and I loved each one, including Mr. Marley and Lucifer. The relationship between Minerva and Rhiannon is like most mother daughter relationships. Full of ups and downs, one finds herself going through menopause (complete with hot flashes), and the other finds herself pregnant. The magic of friendships helps these two find their way through the trials of love and loss.
Interweaving the magic of tarot with the everyday happenings of life, makes this a fun, fast paced read. Though tragic at times, I found the way the characters surrounded each other with love and understanding, to be deeply uplifting. Sheena Cundy has written a beautiful story full of magic and adventure that will be sure to charm the reader. She knows her stuff in the real world of Witchcraft and it shows throughout this very enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This first novel by Sheena Cundy, is a really nice read with a good mix of Witch Craft and modern day happenings. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rich T.
Minerva is a witch, a wild woman and a drama queen. She and her friend Isis (neé Beryl, whose husband went off with the Molly Maid) are on a mission and the new, trendy... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tribalchick
Tells the story of a Minerva, a modern day witch and her daughter Ronnie, each facing their own angst. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sheena Cundy is a great storyteller, weaving wise words, true feeling and kindness into an un-put-down-able magic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gareth Knight
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has just about everything in it from a mum going through the change and how she is coping with it to her daughter who has a really close... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jenny Snowdon
When is the sequel coming? Quite an enjoyable read. Because I spend a lot of my reading time in fantasy books, I was a little slow getting into it because it's in modern times, but... Read morePublished 13 months ago by aislingeach
A wonderful romp of a story, with true to life characters in bazar situations of their own magical making! Great read!Published 14 months ago by Amanda Whittall
A beautifully written book . Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and looking forward to the sequel.Published 16 months ago by Elspeth
This is a fiction book and comes under the heading 'Witch Lit' and it is brilliant.
I mean what is there not to like? Read more