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The Way of Wyrd by [Bates, Brian]
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Professor Bates tells the original story of a devout Catholic priest becoming friends with a Shamanic elder and creates a modern masterpiece of tolerance and coexistence. By looking into the past he has planted a seed for a better world in the present and beyond. If you can develop your awareness of the nature that surrounds you and are open and unafraid to listen to your dreams, you may find that the magic described in this book works like yeast to the imagination and can be utilized in any art form. (Nicolas Cage)

'Reads like a fusion of Carlos Castaneda ... and Tolkien.' (Time Out)

'Brilliant, vivid, entertaining ... it deserves a place on our bookshelves along with Carlos Castaneda.' R. D. Laing

An essential aid. In our overly Keltically obsessed British mind set, this magnificent book completely restores the unfairly neglected Scandinavian and Germanic side of our psyche. (Julian Cope)

As a way of psychological and spiritual exploration, The Way of Wyrd offers not just uncanny similarities with some of our present thinking but notions which we seem only now to be rediscovering (The Guardian)

R D Laing

Brilliant, vivid, entertaining … it deserves a place on our bookshelves along with Carlos Castaneda.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1011 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (28 Oct. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM770U
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm so glad this book is readily available again. I read it first about 14 years ago and have never forgotten it (have read it again in recent years). The book creates an England from History which many would believe to be pure fantasy but (as author Brian Bates argues) has grounding in historical fact. Themes such as magic, sorcery, faith, religion and the nature of the soul are dealt with in a compelling, scary and exciting novel. Christian belief is subtly challenged against the 'old religions' of anglo saxon England as Christian missionary Wat Brand is taken on a tour of the Pagan world by Sorceror Wulf. A great read for anyone interested in our connection with the earth, magic, history, folklore and spirituality.
(Obscure Fact!-Thrash/Heavy Metal fans who like the book may want to seek out the album 'Dreamweaver' by British Thrashers 'Sabbat'. This is a concept album based on the book. Hardly easy listening but interesting lyrically)
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I was given this book to read by a school teacher as part of our early mediaeval studies, started reading somewhat reluctantly, and found I loved it! It has stayed in my mind for the last couple of decades, and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a new copy. Thoroughly recommended.
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A gripping an illuminating tale from start to finish. I'm not a 'natural' reader - I generally take ages to finish a book (in fact I have a number of unfinished books lying around at any one time) as my concentration is poor. So, unless a book is totally enthralling, it gets read in fragments. This book however, was gripping from start to finish. The fact that it is, to a degree, based on fact only serves to enhance the experience. I really enjoyed the way it was written and the pictures it painted in my mind. Overall, a highly recommended and enjoyable read.
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I read this book after some celebrity (can't remember who) said it was their favourite book and I was looking for something to read on holiday. I don't think I would have otherwise. Glad I did though, it a lovely, spiritual story, thought provoking but simple too. Quick and easy to read. If you liked 'the Alchemist' I think you'll like this.
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I first discovered this book through one of my favourite albums of all time - Dreamweaver by Sabbat - which quite simply pure poetry with racous guitars and drums. The album is based on this book telling the story of Wat Brands' quest to discover the secrets of Saxon beliefs.

Naturally the book covers a lot more detail than the album and that extra richness adds a lot to the story. This is a fascinating journey, not only of very different faiths, but also differences in mindsets. The exploration of the less familiar Saxon faith is portrayed in a vivid style, colouring the world with its viewpoint.

As interesting as the journey is, it's the style of writing that elevates it into an excellent read. Although the one slight downside is also evident here. Generally speaking the quality of the writing is superb, with some exquisite turn of phrase that really draws you into the wonders and terrors the young monk faces. It is a bit uneven though, in patches the prose is simply workmanlike, although that does provide an accent to the pacing of the story.

It's a hard book to place in any particular genre, it's a spiritual journey, yet also a historical record. In many ways it also reads like a fantasy tale, albeit one based within a genuine belief structure. in some ways its also a horror tale with some very dark moments. I like a book that doesn't settle easily into standard definitions and the imagination and emotion of this story is something I'd recommend to anyone.
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I recently purchased, downloaded and read this book on my Kindle. I was a little apprehensive about reading it as I am a Christian and I could see that this book was going to clash with my own personal beliefs seeing as it is about Paganism and sorcery. Saying that though, some of my Christian friends are dismayed that I read (and enjoyed) the Harry Potter books. :-)

The Way of Wyrd (pronounced "Wierd", not "Word" as I tended to say it >_< )is set in, or around, the year 674, where a young novice monk is sent by his monastery to investigate a pagan area of the country and report back in order to allow a mission to be made in which to convert the pagans to Christianity. The novice monk meets a sorcerer who teaches him about the Wyrd, a pagan "religion". The book, though fictional, is based on real life back then and is very interesting.

The story is a gripping read and one I thoroughly enjoyed even though it went against my own personal beliefs. I am glad I didn't just blindly refuse to read such literature, and considered it an enriching experience. I thought the book was marvellously well written and really did have me hooked until the last page. I would have no proplem in recommending this to my Christian friends.

Finally, a word on the presentation on the Kindle; As many Kindle owners have experienced, myself included, many publishers it seems just convert a book (very poorly in my opinion) to Kindle format without even bothering to proof-read it prior to releasing it. I am please to say, however, that this is not the case for this e-Book. Vary well formatted, no obvious typos and vary easy to read.
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