From the Publisher
“Witchlight is a fabulous New Age novel that is as good as its predecessor, Ghostlight.” The Midwest Book Review
“It's a good read, a challenging puzzle with some unusual twists.” Locus
“Fans of The Mists of Avalon will recognize familiar plot elements in this contemporary fantasy quest. Bradley can still spin a web of tangle relationships and motivations.” Publisher's Weekly
VOYA - Kim Carter
Amnesiac Winter Musgrave vaguely remembers her life as one of the more successful traders on Wall Street. She also remembers checking herself out of Fall River Sanatorium when their treatments failed to stem her "delusions." Finding herself at Greyangels, an isolated mountain farmhouse in upstate New York, uncertain whether she is running toward or from her memories, Winter has her intense disdain for psychic phenomena severely tested as objects shatter around her, doors and windows unlock and open when she is sleeping, and small corpses appear on her doorstep. In desperation, Winter turns to the Bidney Institute for Psychic Research at nearby Taghkanic College. There she meets Truth Jourdemayne, the daughter of the powerful magician Thorne Blackburn, and her partner Dr. Dylan Palmer. Palmer surprises Winter by remembering her as a Taghkanic student from fourteen years ago, a member of a close-knit group of friends. Truth and Palmer help Winter realize that she is not insane but rather is evidencing poltergeist activity and is, in fact, being stalked by a psychic power that threatens to claim Winter and all around her. Her quest to recover her memory, critical to besting the "magickal child" Truth is certain Winter must overcome, forces Winter to face the truth of her past, the realities of her family and why she left them, and ultimately return to face the one true love of her life. While readable enough, Witchlight's ambiguities may deter readers who are not dedicated to Bradley or psychic phenomena. Those who are, however, will demand the newest of this prolific fantasy author's works. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Another psychic/occult case for Truth Jourdemayne (Ghostlight, 1995), though here the main character is former Wall Street high- flyer Winter Musgrave, who, though she's discharged herself from a psychiatric clinic, can remember little of her past and seems to be haunted by a destructive poltergeist with an affinity for electrical power. Winter finds herself in Glastonbury, New York, near the Bidney Institute, where Truth and Dr. Dylan Palmer pursue their psychic and magick researches. Winter is astonished to discover that she herself attended college there 14 years ago; she also joined the Nuclear Circle, a group that attempted to duplicate the magick rituals described by Truth's father. But even Truth can't stop the poltergeistactually a horribly dangerous, artificially created Elemental that feeds by torturing animalsbut who sent it, and why? In her attempt to recover her memories and track down the source of the Elemental, Winter contacts the other members of the Circle: Janelle, now a failed artist married to a brute; Ramsey, a down-at-the-heels, much-divorced used-car salesman; Cassie, killed in a mysterious fire surely set by the Elemental; and finally Hunter Greyson, once Winter's lover, rejected by her upper-crust parents, who's now in a coma following a traffic accident, and whom Winter must meet on the astral plane in order to find the truth.
Less than fully beguilingthe ending is notably weak and anticlimacticbut much improved over Ghostlight, with better characters, a believable plot, some gripping incidents, and a minimum of dangling threads.