Posted by: Nyxks | August 5, 2007

The Quickening

The Quickening (An Urban Fantasy)
by Ly de Angeles © 2005
Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN 0-7387-0664-7
Novel
Paperback
$15.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

When I started readi9ng this book I had a variety of impressions. My first impression was “Merrin and Cat remind me of people I know.” My second impression was this was going to be a fairly conventional story. Within thirty pages the first impression was reinforced and the second was completely blown away.

For an author to be familiar with Wicca is not unusual. For an author to be familiar with Evangelical Christianity is fairly common. To show an understanding of Shinto and Vodoun is fairly unusual in one individual. To combine all of these in one book, by a single author, borders on surreal, in my experience. To be able to blend all of those understandings, and more importantly, to be able to tell an entertaining, enjoyable, and believable story using all those disparate thread must surely be highly unusual, if not unique.

This is a tale of the blending of cultures in a way reminiscent of a short story I read years ago (“Guess Who’s Coming to…Yule”) in the original incarnation of “The Green Egg”. There is a blending of powers – those of the Celtic peoples, of the African Diaspora, and the commonly accepted world of “reality.” The blending is carried off so seamlessly that there is no doubt that it could happen this way; not likely, but possible.

The story is well-told and swift-paced. The characters are memorable and there are enough twists to keep you guessing. It is thoroughly enjoyable. And, if you’re not careful, you might find yourself learning a bit of lore. No heavy secrets here, just a good story to be enjoyed for its own sake. If you are Pagan and want entertainment this summer, this would be a good addition to your reading list.

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