Madness and Magic

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The Madness and the Magic

by Sheena Cundy.

Published by Moon Books. ISBN 978-1-78279-988-7

Having met Sheena Cundy on several occasions and enjoyed her company I am pleased to call her a friend. As well as being a writer she is a musician with her own celtic/folk music band ‘Morrigan’s Path.

This, her debut novel, is a wonderful and funny, fast-paced, page-turning romp set firmly in and around the area local to her home, on the east coast of the UK  at Bradwell in Essex.

The book deals with some serious issues and has a pagan theme but it never takes itself or its paganism too seriously. The central character, Minerva, is a modern-day witch who is struggling with single motherhood, menopause and the problems of her teenage daughter while also 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 to her insecure friend Isis, from Rhiannon, her daughter, trying to find her own place in the world, to the refreshingly open-minded vicar.

I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want it to end.

Sheena is herself a modern-day witch, a pagan, but 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 publisher, Moon Books, produces books on all aspects of paganism and as such the book is largely directed at a pagan audience, but this is to pigeon-hole it in a far to restricted fashion – this book will be enjoyed by anyone with an open mind, an appreciation of the magic of life and a sense of humour, regardless of religious persuasion.

You can buy the book direct from Moon Books or from Amazon, or indeed you can order it from your local bookshop.

Find out more about Sheena, her writing and her music from her websites at Chapel Witch and at Morrigan’s Path.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julespaige
    Apr 11, 2016 @ 12:21:20

    It is good to have diversity among friends 🙂
    I wonder if my library can get the book –
    It sounds fun.

    I just do simple one page fiction occasionally. You might like this piece based on four different prompts:
    Agrarian Whether


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