Season of the Witch
by Natasha Mostert
Edited by Julie Doughty
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dutton Adult Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0525950036
Date: 19 April, 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Author's Webpage / Show Official Info /
Season of the Witch brings together several topics in an interesting and exciting way. There's remote viewing, corporate security, the Art of Memory and memory palaces, as well as alchemy. There's a good mystery thrown in for good measure. We know what's happened to Robbie from the beginning but it's trying to figure out the order of the events and who did the deed. There are two beautiful, intelligent, and charming women, and either could be the evil doer or it could be that neither is the culprit.
The story is interspersed with diary entries by M -- that could be Minnaloushe or Morrighan Monk -- our main suspects. And as Gabriel is drawn into their company he finds himself unwilling to find the killer since he likes both women. There's a slow, intellectual seduction about the flow of the narrative. As a reader you find yourself being immersed in the prose as they discuss memory, life, love, sexuality, and books. There's a lot here and a lot to think about. There's much discussion between the characters that bears further discussion, but the problem is when you're reading a book on your own there's no one to discuss it with, at least not at the time.
Is there a killer? It seems there is but can you trust the results of a remote viewing as evidence. If there is a killer, then why did he kill? Why do the diary entries imply that Robbie just left of his own volition? Even after you close the pages you'll wonder about memory and the Art of Memory and its transformative powers. Is technology turning our memory ability to mush -- it's something I've thought about a lot since finishing the book.