A Celtic Witch


Anyone who has ever found a strong enough reason to question their calling, their lifestyle or their identity will probably be able to relate to the characters in Debora Geary’s A Celtic Witch. The sixth novel of A Modern Witch Series introduces Cassidy (gifted Celtic fiddler), brings back Marcus (gifted grump with a heart of glitter), and presents a plot bursting with music and difficult decisions.

A Celtic Witch deviates a wee bit from the Witch Central books we are used to. The setting is Fisher’s Cove instead of Berkeley, and the romance happens between two people who are convinced they are too mature and too set in their own ways to need (or want) to share their lives with another. Also, as I danced deeper and deeper into the tale, I noticed that the witch fetching that takes place in this novel is not as clear cut as the ones I’ve read in the past. By the end of the story you, too, might find yourself wondering which witch fetched which (say that 13 times fast, I dare you).

The “wondering” is my favorite part of A Celtic Witch and of Debora’s writing. Her novels use everything (setting, structure, magic…) to tell the story within the pages in a way that makes the reader feel that he or she is the one playing the fiddle. The semi-new setting told me to be ready for surprises, the structure gave hints of the chaos to come, and the magic that whispered to Cassidy all the way from the heart of the earth sang of a natural fate that would refuse to be denied.

I read A Celtic Witch twice. First, I ran gasping after a witch who understood exactly who she was, but didn’t know what, where or who mattered most in her life. The second time, I watched as Cassidy’s fiddle told me (and her) that “The most powerful thing a woman can know is who she is.”         
for my April entry to The Artful Readers Club, I present
the stones that whispered of wild magic through Cassidy’s fiddle
and some clover to celebrate the soul of A Celtic Witch


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44 comments:

  1. I have not reads this series, but it sounds interesting I might have to check it out. I have to say that I do agree whole heartily that “The most important thing a woman can know is who she is.”

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    1. A Modern Witch Series is a blast. I warn you that once you read it you might find yourself trying to find ways to move to Witch Central, and quoting a lot of Debora's words... ;-D

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  2. You know I've read the first one, but that's all I've read. It sounds like I'll have to read more of them eventually. :)

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    1. I love all the books, and I have a feeling you'll LOVE A Different Witch, book 5, as much as I did. It is my favorite. I like everything about it. My favorite part about book 6 is the way Debora describes music... heck, I just remember you are a singer, I'm almost sure you'll like this one best ;-)

      Here are my thoughts on A Different Witch: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-witch-awakened-and-witch-alone.html

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  3. I haven't read any of them :( But it sounds like I could find some common things with Celtic witch.Moreover, Celtic and witch are two my favorite concepts! So the reading this series must be really fun.

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    1. My dear Anna, you will have a LOT in common with the protagonist. This lady pretty much changes her entire life for love. Does that remind you of anyone? *cough, cough* ;-)

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  4. To read a book twice is a sign of a great book. You have intrigued me with your review and I love how you described dancing deeper and deeper into the tale. I also love the quote too.

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    1. I might be somewhat addicted to Debora's writing--I read A Different Witch, the book that comes before this one, at least 3 times. Her words are infused with fun, hope, the importance of tradition and self-worth, magic of soul... and Debora's quotes tend to stay with you long after you finish reading ;-)

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  5. It must be good if you read it twice. I'll have to put down my history books and try some unusual fiction soon!

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    1. Debora's novels are comfort readings. I can always find home in her words. The setting present a place that I would put together if I woke up one day and realized I was a creatress goddess. The story lines are sweet... and make you think that to read them you need not to think at all, then you might find yourself thinking about them for them lol

      Oh, and I love that the main characters for this novel are over 40. I feel that many writers that include romantic elements in their literature forget that people fall in love and very much in lust after 40 springs...

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    1. As do I. It has been making me grin for weeks ;-D

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  7. If I had a kindle I may have been tempted to try one of these books to see how it goes, given your review (only £2.50) but in paperback they are over £8 If I see one cheap I will pick one up as you have intrigued me. And I love your living art Happy ARC Dxx

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    1. I hope you get to enjoy soon. Debora can sing through her prose, and the show is magnificent. I kind of love the greenery, too ;-)

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  8. Oh this sounds like a series I would like to read. I am off to add it to my WL, thanks for the recommendation. Right now I am starting the City of Bones, Infernal devices series, before it comes out in theatres.

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    1. Caroline, this is one of those series that leaves you smiling and bursting with happy thoughts. From the magic to the relationships to the family values... everything is delicious!

      City of Bones sounds awesome. I haven't read any of the Infernal Devices books, but I'm sooo picking them up!

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  9. What a fascinating book! Superb quote and an original way to portray your April read.

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    1. I do love this book and pretty much everything Debora writes. Her words make me giggle. And that quote? Inspiring!

      About the art, you know what they say, "Those who can't paint, plant." Okay, so they didn't say it. It was me!!!

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  10. "A gifted grump with a heart of glitter" -- love it!

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    1. And you'd probably love Marcus, too. He's an adorable grump ;-)

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    1. It makes me look at life in the eye, and say, "See? I'm powerful. Deal with it." ;-)

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  12. Isn't it amazing how we can get something different out of every read!? I really need to find more time for that~

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    1. It is what makes books so precious; an adventure in every reading ;-)

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  13. I really enjoyed your review and your evolution as the book progressed. Of course, I was really impressed after your second read, where you knew exactly what the author was trying to tell you. Very, very well reviewed, and excellent art to go with it. Super impressive.

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    1. Debora is very good at "speaking" through her tale. Or maybe I'm really attracted to her authorial voice and tone (I have a feeling that it is all of the above). I'm glad you like my art, I'm quite proud of it ;-)

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  14. so good she read it twice :) the best recommendation a book can get!

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    1. It is a lovely read. I've always loved to watch a character as they discover who they are and what they want.

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  15. Added this writer to my wish-list... Thanks! :)
    The only book I read over and over again is Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. I love how Scarlett is far from perfect but still makes hard choices in a way she thinks is best. She's strong! ♥
    I really like your Art-piece. It's so out of the box. Awesome! ♥

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    1. I have a short list that I read again and again for different reasons. My old time (read almost every year book) is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. You've just made me want to reread Gone with the Wind

      And "out the box" fixt me well lol

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  16. Lol...and I called it Shamrock...must have been feeling the Celtic vibe :D I for one think your never too old to risk sharing...you should be strong enough to cope or walk away, whichever you find most suitable lol :D XXX

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    1. Shamrock sounds so much cooler ;-) I think some people grow jaded after being hurt too much, other times they feel saver alone, or maybe just like being alone--of course this wasn't their case. But they sure thought it was.

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  17. I so enjoy reading your book reviews...re-reading gives me a different perspective on the characters of what I might have missed during the first run through...inspiring quote. Looking forward to May's selection.

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    1. I feel the same way. Every time I reread a story, I find something that makes the tale richer. They aren't wrong when they say that reading is the gift that keeps on giving ;-)

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  18. You make this sound such a beautiful book. i love that you read it twice and got something new each time from it. Gorgeous stones, i have a bowl of polished stones, just love to touch them.

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    1. "Beautiful" is one of the words I use to describe Debora's writing. It is sweet and it leaves you feeling a bit dreamy, and hopeful. I like them a lot. I LOVE polished stones!

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  19. Liked your review very much but not sure about reading the book. Super different artwork and I like the quote.
    Jen x

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    1. I'm glad you liked the quote. The words are strong and real, it's another thing I like about this series. Too bad it will be over soon ;-(

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  20. WOW Megaly...twice read! It must be very good. I liked the sound of your book (and I love your writing!!!) The quote you used is soooo true...different art. I view photography as art as well!!

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    1. Debora's books always invite me to have seconds ;-)

      I'm seen photography that make me weep, that make me put aside whatever I had planned to do next and write a story, that have stayed with me for ages and made me rethink past action. Art, indeed ;-)

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  21. A beautiful, vibrant review and I love the stones. Aren't stones the most gorgeous things and we often don't notice them and tread them underfoot? xxx

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    1. Beautiful, vibrant, earthy... are some very good words to describe Debora's writing. And yes, yes, yes, the world is full of bits people just walk on without stopping by to see their greatness. Pity.

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  22. That book sounds interesting, except I am allergic to the 'fiddle'. I love the quote with the photo. So reassuring, as I sit here on my couch engrossed in all of your vibrant writing. Your style is such that I can almost hear your voice. P.S. Thanks for the graphic novel book name drop on my blog...Kim Harrison...I am v. interested in writer/artist types.

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    1. Some things just don't go with our taste, but every now a then taking a chance might surprise us... Debora's writing works in mysterious ways ;-)

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