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DARK SISTER

Joyce, Graham.

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ISBN 10: 0312866321 / ISBN 13: 9780312866327
Published by Tor., NY:, 1999
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Title: DARK SISTER

Publisher: Tor., NY:

Publication Date: 1999

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st US edition

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Alex and Maggie think they live in an ordinary townhouse, until they discover the diary of a previous occupanta diary containing secret Wiccan herb-lore passed down through the generations. Maggie is drawn to investigate the diary and discovers hidden powers within herself. But Maggie also awakens a malevolent force she cant control.An unlikely sprite assumes a sinister incarnation in this exceptional supernatural novel. ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Tooth Fairy Sharp, freshly imagined, and evocative work. Kirkus Reviews (pointer review) on The

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Dark Sister is the third book by British fantasy writer Graham Joyce to be published in the United States--and the author travels further into the realm of pure horror than he did in The Tooth Fairy or Requiem. Maggie, an unfulfilled, restless housewife in England, comes to terms with her nascent, otherworldly power amidst a disheveled and antagonistic domestic life. Her archaeologist-husband Alex is subtly dominating, which makes for an unfulfilling marriage. So, Maggie buries herself in the chaos of her small children, until a chance discovery both liberates her and invokes catastrophe.

During a routine cleaning of a chimney fireplace, she discovers an herbalist's journal; soon after, her life unfurls wildly and runs horribly aground. It seems that the owner of the journal was not just an herb woman, but also a witch with real powers. Inspired by this forgotten woman, Maggie begins to dabble in the arts of Wicca. The gifts it brings her are powerful--a sense of freedom, purpose, even clairvoyance. But every gift has its counterbalance, and Maggie's newfound telepathy allows her to see things she might have wanted to remain hidden. Even more ominously, it seems that in unearthing the journal, Maggie has awakened deep tragedies from an abandoned time, and the evil that now stalks her and her family might be insatiable and unstoppable. --Tamara Hladik

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