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The Book of Shadows (Wicca)
The Book of Shadows (Wicca)
by Cate Tiernan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And I thought it would end with Silver Ravenwolf..., 5 Jan. 2003
Sorry to burst everyones bubble, but speaking as a Teen Witch of five years, this book is utter trash, both for its own sake and for Wicca's sake. The writing is typical for teenage books- simplistic, dull, and with no real sense of style, theme, or language. Any metaphorical language used is dull and cliched, as is the story in ittself (which is basically shy-girl-gets-the-gorgeous-guy with the added Wiccan storyline). It is of the same brand of book as Sweet Valley, Babysitters and all the rest, a bit more frank about real teen issues, but still cliched, shallow trash that couldnt begin to grasp the depth of Wicca.
Besides the trashy style of the book itsself, I reckon this book could do Wicca a fair amount of damage. You dont just 'become' psychic and spiritual after uttering one phrase "I banish limitations", and although Wicca can run in families, anyone can master it to an equal or greater degree as a "blood witch". There were no great seven clans and certainly no good and bad ones... Wiccans are never truly good or evil, they are human, they make mistakes. If teens reading this make it the basis for their books of shadows, then Goddess help us non-fluffies...
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The Real Witches' Handbook: A Complete Introduction to the Craft
The Real Witches' Handbook: A Complete Introduction to the Craft
by Kate West
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats ravenwolf into the consecrated ground, 29 Nov. 2001
If your looking for an easy to read introduction to Wicca, then choose this.. This is simple and well written (without being patronising) and still manages to be cute and catchy without being sickly sweet. This is particularly good for teenage readers, I think, and it emphasises correctly the proper importance of Wicca, not spells on how to get your old boyfriend back or turn his new girlfriend into something squishy. Also a great book for anyone interested in the truth of Wicca, it quashes the 'satanic, animal-sacrificing' rumours quickly and gets down to business. six out of five, far better than a lot of the rubbish that floats around on the wannablessedbe's shelf!

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