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Book Recs.

Um... I guess the first two books would be the non-fiction ones.
I don't know if anyone'll have read them before.
I've just got them borrowed from the public library, so
someone's doubtlessly seen them at any rate. lol.
So, yeah, anyway. The First two are:
~Witch Crafting: A spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis
Curott. (Apparently she's written another book called Book of
~The Real Witches' Craft by Kate West.
I've only flipped through the second so far, and am halfway
through the first. They both look interesting, though.
There are three others (a series) that are fiction.
loosely based on some of the greek myths, and set in ancient Greece.
They're historical romance, but don't let that put you off! They have
a really interesting view of what things were like back then.
Each of the books is centered around a 'Goddess', but in the
book none of them are Goddesses. They're all mortals - The author
says something in one of the books about it maybe being how the old
stories were formed, about real people who just seemed more than
human or something? Not really sure how to phrase it.

Anyway, the books are:
~Persephone's Tale: Love Underground
~Aphrodite's Tale: Fatal Attraction and
~Athena's Tale: All's Fair in Love and War.

All three are written by the same writer, Alicia Fields
(apparently a pseudonym, esp. considering the subject matter - Elysian
Fields? Reminds me of some of the school books from Harry Potter.
lol. A Book on animals written by a Newt Scamander?)

Persephone's tale, of course, focuses on the story of her
abduction. Aphrodite's tale focuses on her life, growing up on a farm
outside of.. Mycinae? I think. It follows from the years before,
during, and after the Trojan war. And Athena's tale focuses on
the 'founding' of Athens, although in the story the city already
exists, she's mainly fighting for the crown from her uncle Poseidon,
to protect the city and it's people from him.

One of the things I found interesting about this series, is
that, with all of the stories being set before the Greek panthenon
was 'formed', all of the characters follow an older, Goddess centred
In Aphrodite's tale, there are many mentions of a sacred spring
that they give offerings at, and use only to make medicines. Each
family also has a snake living in their homes, which as far as I
understood was possibly meant to protect the family or home.
Aphrodite often talks to them - the book mentions how all the snakes -
and other animals - seem to like her, even wild animals coming to
her hand. There's at least one instance where she's talking to the
snake, and giving it a treat - or offering - and believes she hears
her Goddess talking back to her.
The theme follows into Athena's book, as well, with mentions of
an older religion (and possibly more violent), that allowed the city
to be ruled by the queen, who every seven years took a new king
(after offering the old king - the 'Corn King' - up in sacrifice, so
his blood would nourish the crops for another year).

Like I said - they're interesting, especially if you like
history. They aren't particularly explicit, either which is
definitely a nice change. I wouldn't reccommend reading them if
you're going to expect something like a harequin novel, though. There
are mentions of some of the 'darker elements' (so to speak) of life
back then.
In Aphrodite's tale, there is a war going on - one that lasts
ten years - and in both this and Athena's book, there are mentions of
rape - In Athena's book, you'll find fairly early on, most of these
mentioned are committed by Poseidon. I'm not sure how accurate this
characterisation of him is compared to the myths, but I know some of
them display people handling situations with rather different morals
than would be acceptable today.

Anyway, this post is propably more than long enough already, so
I'll leave it at this.

-Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This
is because most books on witchcraft are written by men. -Terry
Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
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