This is part of the "Light" series which are in this order:
1) Dark Satanic â 1972, 1st book (Not really necessary & not nearly as good as the others)
2) Gravelight â 1997
5) Ghostlight â 1995
I loved this series as I love so much of MZB's work.
Winter Musgrave awakens one morning in a remote farmhouse, and realizes she has amnesia. She cannot remember exactly how long she's been living in the house or why she came there. She has vague memories of being a successful New York stockbroker, but doesn't know why she quit... until she begins to find dead, mutilated animals on her doorstep, and flashes of the horror she's endured come back to her. In the fear that she is causing occult phenomena unconsciously, she seeks out psychic researcher Truth Jourdemayne (who appeared in the previous novel of this series, Ghostlight) to help her, and she goes on a quest to unravel what happened to her, back when she was a member of an occult circle in college. What happened to her college boyfriend, with whom she was truly in love? Who is she, and what are her powers? Most importantly, what is the malevolent force that seems to be following her?
Not bad, but several aspects of the plot are a bit dubious, and the ending is a bit unbelivable.
Bradley gives us another modern gothic yarn, similar to her Ghostlight and involving some of the same characters without, however, actually being a sequel. Winter Musgrave is being haunted by vague, incomplete memories of a past in which she suspects something horrible happened. From the earlier book, Truth Jourdemayne comes to Winter's rescue, establishing that Winter must reconstruct a long-gone magical circle of college friends to fully restore her memories. This well-told tale full of both the virtues and the faults of the gothic genre, modernized or not, demands high tolerance for the New Age, since both its mythic basis and its setting involve New Age elements. Bradley's dedicated fans and those who liked Ghostlight will meet that demand and make their own--to read Witchlight
Having read "Mists of Avalon" and enjoying it, I looked forward to this reading this one and it didn't disappoint. If you're interested in the paranormal or the occult and you enjoy a good story, you'll really like this one. The story moves right along and holds your interest. I didn't realize that it was part of a series when I read it, but I'll definitely be putting the other ones on my wish list.
Machelle D. reviewed Witchlight (Light, Bk 2) (Audio CD) (Abridged) on
The story was good, however, the CD's didn't resume but started over everytime I turned it off (normally pauses and resumes)...because of this, I could not finish the book. It was too frustrating to have to fast forward to the spot I had stopped at. I recommend the book, but not in this format!
Marion Zimmer Bradley, one of the most beloved and praised fantasy storytellers of our time, has once again written a compelling and powerful novel with larger-than-life characters.
Winter Musgrave's past is largely blank, her memories missing or tissue-thin. She seem to be possessed--objects shatter when she passes, the corpses of animal appear on her doorstep. And she has the terrible feeling that something horrible happened in her empty past--results of which are now haunting her with unbridled fury.
Seeking help, Winter turns to Truth Jourdemayne and learns that the key to unlocking her lost memories lies within herself--and in the magickal circle of friends in college. But the circle was broken long ago. Winter must reconstruct it is she is to save her life.
Not just the story of a woman's search for her missing past, Witchlight is a powerful novel of contemporary fantasy that pulls readers in and hold them until the final page. Anyone who loves good contemporary fiction will devour Witchlight.