REVIEWS

A selection of reviews from all the books - listed chronologically by release date - most recent first. At the top are the ones by Reviewers and under that are the personal reviews by Customers.

Reviewers

2017
The Skellig - review by Kim Falconer

When opening a book by an award-winning author like Ly de Angeles, the anticipation rides high. By the end of the first paragraph I knew I was in for a treat. A few pages later, and I forgot myself completely, because there is only Gamble, and the enchanting, provocative world of The Skellig.

After finishing the last page, I wondered. Was that fiction? It seemed so real. The world-building is hauntingly beautiful, with every breeze, taste and scent a reflection of life as we know it, and dream it to be.

Artist and editor Melaine Knight is also co-creator of many of the characters and design in the story and, together, these two women have built an absolutely believable world. The Skellig has a poetic and faultless plot, confirming deep notions of life, death, love and power over. It left me to ponder my own reverence for all life. Respect. Grace.

But these are thoughts that came afterwards, when my mind had returned to me. Before that, there is only the ride, the suspense, wit and wisdom that had me nodding with agreement, gasping from fear and tearing up over what has happened in the world, too many times before.

This book succeeds on every level. It entertains, calls to emotions one normally resists, and most of all, between the prose and extraordinary art, becomes a trusted friend. Once begun, you’ll never want it to end. Five stars out of five. Highly recommended.

Kim Falconer, Author:
Quantum Enchantment Trilogy, HarperCollins, Australia
Quantum Encryption Trilogy,  HarpercCollins, Australia
And the kick arse new series, Ava Sykes The Blood in the Beginning

Visit Kim’s website here.

2016

Initiation | a memoir

'Initiation' is a blisteringly raw autobiography that reflects not only on a personal journey but a fascinating social history of occult Australia.

Ly de Angeles is many things but readers of her books (or those for whom she has read the tarot) will know her as a witch and psychic, and a magical veteran of the antipodean witchcraft scene.

In print Ly comes across as smart and fierce and more than a little wild, with a disarming frankness whether speaking of politics or personal relationships. She's a champion of Celtic history, a swordswoman and martial arts practitioner, and so much more. Forget the 'Renaissance man', Ly offers up an alternative portrait – one of a curious mind twinned with a strong and determined spirit, a scholar, a poet and a modern-day gypsy with a feverish passion for myth and life.

And life for Ly has been a series of initiations from girl to woman, woman to witch, witch to mother, mother to warrior, warrior to scholar – not that all of these passages have been mutually exclusive.

Underneath this story is a steady thrumming, an undeniable and potent energy pouring from the pages. There are many lessons to be learned here, and knowledge to be shared about birth, life, death and everything between and beyond. Predictions manifest, frequently. As do challenges. But Ly's human too; making the same mistakes we all do, but learning from them as she finds and breaks with destructive patterns and partnerships.

Ly dispenses with the blinkers of convention and deftly explores the world's liminal spaces and places, guided by intuition, ancestry and an animistic kinship to the natural world. 'Initiation' makes for an engaging memoir, certainly the best I have read in a long time.

* Did I mention she's a Charles de Lint fan? She can do no wrong!

https://rebeccalangauthor.com/2016/12/05/initiation-book-review/

2013
The Shining Isle

Ms. De Angeles tells cracking good stories about The Travelers, a group of people (shapeshifters, the fey, and dreamers). She began their tales with The Quickening. This story is not exactly a sequel to that book however.

This is her second "urban fantasy" and, personally, I hope there are more to come. The smoothness of her storytelling, the apparently effortless combination of 21st century life with that of the Sidhe, and the Old Gods, makes this a series which can be read on several levels from simply a good story to a way to inspire a closer connection with ancestral beliefs. There is less "urban" in this book than in the previous one. Most of the action occurs on the island of Inishrun, with only an occasional foray into the city of Rathsmore. And I suppose it depends on how you define "fantasy." So, maybe "urban fantasy" isn't the best way to describe the book. But, it is probably the most accurate since it occurs in the "real world" and not some other realm.

She displays an impressive ability to meld seemingly disparate elements into an entertaining story, with enough realism to make it believable. The last time around she blended the worlds of Wicca, Christianity and Voodoo (among other elements) seamlessly into a good story. This time she blends the life on an insular group of island people with the interests of academia and the business world. Talk about very different points of views!

We discover some of the history of Connor and some of the other Travelers. But it really isn't possible to do justice to almost a millennium of existence among humanity without the love and companionship of one's own kind, as Connor has endured. But this is only a small part of the overall story.

The story of Samhain, needfires, the Sidhe; and the Tuatha de Danann are all part and parcel of this story, and Ly tells it in a way which makes it come alive, as much as the written word can. And that is another of the truths to be learned from the continuing story of The Travelers. There are many truths revealed, and even more are hinted at.

Ms. De Angeles has found an entertaining way to pass along knowledge which has been slowly disappearing from our world for centuries. For most readers her stories will be just that – stories. Some readers will question whether some of the things could be true. And a few readers will find the reality, and recall the way it once was.

There are a few surprises in this book, not the least of which is the inclusion, after the story ends, of the entire text of the "United Nations Declaration of Human Rights." Ms. De Angeles also includes a "Glossary of unusual terms" which allows her to use some Gaelic words in the text without having to break the narrative flow to explain them. She also supplies some Internet references to explain the way of life followed by many of the characters in this novel. I wouldn't have expected these inclusions in a "normal" novel, but they were certainly a welcome addition.

http://streghe.us/forums/topic/the-shining-isle-by-ly-de-angeles-2006/

2007
Tarot Theory & Practice

This book is very structured - it reminds me of a college class. The Table of Contents reads like a class syllabus. I was surprised to discover how much information is packed within this book - it's only 291 pages but has content I would associate with a much larger book.

At first, I thought the content of this book was a bit overwhelming. However, once I started reading and working with the content, it became very apparent that this level of detail required a more formal structure. There is so much content, it almost makes it difficult for me to review - where do I start?

The first part of the book is called "The Theory of Everything." which introduces many intriguing, revolutionary ideas of our place in the universe. Additional sections identify barriers to awareness, what Tarot really is and how it fits into the schema, and a discussion on perceptions of reality. It all sounds like pretty heady stuff, but it is presented in a very readable way. Each chapter, or Unit consists of practical exercises for the reader to try. Several spreads are introduced and used extensively with the included case studies. A few of the spreads have the same layout but have different positional meanings assigned. I also like the idea of using singular layouts in different ways. I also liked the use of case studies in this book, it put the theories discussed into practice for easier understanding.

This book features the beautiful Llewellyn Tarot throughout. The author provides concise card meanings for each card, within the context of the material he is presenting. Although the card images throughout the book are in black and white, the book features a color page inside the front cover that features the Trumps of the Llewellyn Tarot in all their stunning beauty.

https://www.ata-tarot.com/reflections/11-05-07/book_reviews_by_sheri_harsh.html

2004
When I See the Wild God – Encountering Urban Celtic Witchcraft

I felt that this book provided a reasonable sense of balance to the (predominantly) female bias that is found in most volumes on the subject of witchcraft.

The author gives the reader a modern perspective of witchcraft – with a Celtic twist. The highlight of the book is the seasonal rituals, where we are taken on an urban-style ritual journey through the Equinoxes and Solstices. These are GREAT! The writing style, content and ingenuity surpass any other ritual ideas that I’ve ever seen in any other book. The author has successfully broken free from the standard format, and with the use of story-telling, she has produced meaningful rites that are a joy to read.

Sometimes this seems more like a collection of essays than a book with any sense of continuity, but there are many chapters that stand out brightly, glowing like the eyes of the Wild Gods which she writes about so eloquently. On the whole, this is an entertaining and rewarding book.
Reviewed by Domhnall

http://www.paganalliancesa.net/bookreviews.html


2000
Witchcraft Theory And Practice

Are you ready to open yourself to the divine powers in order to bring beauty into your life, happiness to your heart, and strength to your will? Then you'll want to get Witchcraft: Theory and Practice by Ly de Angeles. With more than three decades of experience she has learned how to bring the teachings alive, combining modern with ancient, so you can better understand the true potential and depth of Witchcraft. Within the pages of this book you will find the secrets and techniques to become a Witch. These can be divided into three categories: philosophical disciplines, spiritual beliefs, and practical techniques. Each part gets a focus in this book.

In the first section, you will:
- Learn meditation and how it can be used for ritual
- Discover the secrets of visualization, telepathy, and personal power
- Use the self-analysis techniques to discover who you are and never walk in anyone's shadow

In the second section you can:
- Uncover the essence of the God and Goddess
- Discover the festivals of Witchcraft
- Learn how to make and use the tools of Witchcraft
- Understand how to do rituals, including the rite of self-initiation

And in the final section, you'll:
- Practice psychic protection, shapeshifting, and banishing
- Master astral projection
- Learn to interpret omens

This barely covers some of the information you will find revealed in these pages. Written in a clear and concise style, this book will add to your knowledge of Witchcraft. Whether you are new to the Craft or have been practicing for some time, Witchcraft: Theory and Practice will impart wisdom that will fascinate and entice. You will be using this book for many years to come.

This book is a Must Have, especially if you are an Australian witch, or one living in the Southern Hemisphere.

http://www.whitemagic.com.au/magicalbks.htm


From the Publisher

Witchcraft: Theory and Practice

One of the most complete and fulfilling books on Witchcraft today.

The book is very comprehensive, but I wanted specifically to use the word "fulfilling." This is because the author ó who has been an initiated High Priestess for almost three decades ó knows how to present the information in a way that stirs the blood and makes Witchcraft a powerful system that you'll want to practice. Look at what the author has to say about visualization:

"Proficiency at visualization is most important to all occult training. I have encountered only one or two people in all the years that I have been teaching who were unable to visualize. However, they had the ability to conceptualize with similarly accurate results...

"Without the ability to visualize, projecting into the astral realms is almost impossible (at least consciously...). The ability to visualize is integral to spellcrafting and can lead to dramatic changes and accomplishments..."

This makes it very clear that visualization is vitally important in all aspects of the occult and, more important, that you can do it! She goes on to give five exercises to bring your visualization abilities to a high level.

This is continued throughout the book: information you can use, encouragement for inevitable success, and numerous magical and spiritual practices and techniques. Combine that with a complete explanation of the festivals of Witchcraft, how to do rituals, use the spells, perform a self-initiation, contact the God and the Goddess, and you have one of the most important books on Witchcraft ever!

Customer reviews


Priteni

I have several books by this author, and both her writing and writing style continue to impress.
She has an exceptional ability not just to draw a reader in - but to make them feel as if they are right there among the characters and part of the events as they unfold. (Hud yn y dweud hynny ... Hud yn ei geiriau ar y dudalen)

 

 

 



 

The Quickening

This book is far the best I have read for a long time. This book is a tale savoured and not to be gulped down in one mouthful without thought or if your are lucky discussion. It is to be read as a modern "myth" (in the truest sense of the word) rather than a simple yarn to wile away the hours. The journey these travellers are on takes us beyond ourselves and into the other realms.

The travellers take those lost or in search of their higher selves and weaves them into their true being. The ravens awaken ones knowing that not all is what it appears. And helps us to remember, what we may have long forgotten.

As an aside, as this child is the Son of the Deithe and a small God himself what is there truly to fear?

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to all in search of the spiritual and the ability to open themselves up to the Worlds that are. This books gifts me with purpose and will always stay with me.


Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future

This book is the closest thing I'll ever have to a bible. No, it isn't a step-by-step guide on how to actually build the machinery of sustainability; rather, it's a set of philosophies based around the idea of building a world that is spiritually and emotionally sustainable as well as physically and practically sustainable. The first thing that has to change to make the world better is the way people think about the world we live in, the world we live on, and the world we live with, and this book lays down a foundation of thinking that is rock solid and addresses everything from basic ethics to sacred space, sacred activism, and sacred communication. In fact, this book aims to teach the reader to view all things as sacred in order that we may respect our planet, each other, and the other animals we live with more. It's a mission statement and a call to consciousness.


 


Witchcraft Theory And Practice

BEAUTIFUL, RICH, DELICIOUS
Like good poetry, this book is one to return to over and over again, as each reading yields more meaning not previously gleaned. It does not lay everything out in prosaic terms (as do most Wicca books nowadays), thus leaving the revelation of a lot of knowledge and wisdom up to the reader's psychic expansion. The book's ability to expand along with the reader's growth is a rare quality which so few writers (writing on the same general subject) are able to accomplish. This book calls to one who is drawn to the beauty of mystery. Definitely not for those drawn to the Craft by the gung-ho exhortations of teen wicca books, which for me do not accord the Craft with the proper dignity and degree of seriousness. And contrary to what an earlier review claims, the author does not contradict herself in providing for self-initiation while saying that Witchcraft is in the blood. As she said, one would KNOW ('knowing' --- 'wise ones', right?). The self-initiation is a rite with certain consequences, not one of which is the 'creation' of a Witch. Rather, it is more in the concept of setting out on the path that is open to one by virtue of his/her being innately a Witch. I hope the author publishes a new book soon. Hers is a voice that is not carried by the breath of fresh morning air, but by the drafts occasionally echoing through deep, dark caves, issuing from an even deeper source.

Body Language

Ly de Angeles is my all-time favorite author, so note the bias before reading this review. In this book, she walks you through the how-to's of weight training, but also how physical fitness contributes to your spiritual walk in life. It doesn't have any of the 'woo-woo' spiritual jargon.. this is a down-to-earth, no nonsense kind of book, and priced so that anyone can afford it. I love it.

 

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