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Lost Magic

Berthe Amoss

85 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0786810343 / ISBN 13: 9780786810345
Published by Hyperion (Juv), 1995
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Title: Lost Magic

Publisher: Hyperion (Juv)

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition:Fair

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Ceridwen, the descendent of a talented spellmaker, wins love and confidence as the Wise Woman of Bedevere, but has trouble winning over Dame Bewick, the governess of Lord Robert's family. Reprint.

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From the author of The Mockingbird Song (1988), a tale that's a curious contrast to Napoli's The Magic Circle (p. 789). Ceridwen is also a healer whose powers, extended for laudable motives, lead her to a witch's fiery end. A foundling raised by one old woman and taught herb lore by another, she finds an honorable place in Lord Robert's castle after fortuitously saving his life; she cares deeply for his little daughter Elinor after the girl's frail mother's death, which Ceridwen is unable to avert. That loss, an older family retainer's jealousy, and a complicated sequence of accusations and heroic but misunderstood attempts to keep Elinor from the Plague (everyone else has been exposed) lead Ceridwen to a witch's pyre--from which she escapes only as a bird. The setting, late-medieval Britain, is more convincingly detailed than the story's magical component. It's not clear what's magic here and what's effective medicine or only the power of suggestion; even the strength of the crucial last scene is dissipated by the uncertainty between its literal and metaphorical readings. And whereas The Magic Circle ends with the triumph of a richly complex spirit over inexorable evil, Ceridwen's story never quite comes into focus. Still, it's accessible and may be a bridge to Napoli--and to Hendry's Quest for a Maid (1990). (Fiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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