Review: The Weiser Field Guide to Witches

HAVE BROOM, WILL TRAVEL: A Review of the Weiser Field Guide to Witches.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches by Judika Illes is beautiful to behold. I love the weight and feel of it. It’s everything one comes to expect from Weiser Books and more. They produce works with care and precision, and believe me, in the publishing industry that is not always the case. Weiser’s attention to detail really shines through, from the cover art (which is just gloriously campy and fun) to the paper quality and the typeset. I would have purchased this book by appearance alone and will covet the entire series of Weiser Field Guides until they’re all mine, sitting majestically together on a shelf for quick and easy reference.

Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t have some issues with it. As far as content goes, this is rather light reading and many of the entries are not wholly accurate. I admire Judika Illes’ ambition, if not all of her research.

Witchcraft is a meaty subject, with a rich and storied history, much of which is shrouded by the mists of time and buried under a mountain of secrecy and out and out fabrication. A complete guide to the Craft, in all its varied guises, is a daunting task for even the most studious scholar.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches should be approached in the spirit that it was written. There are no great mysteries revealed within, but there are kernals strewn throughout that can lead one to a deeper understanding of the world of magic and spellcraft.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches will be available on October 1, in time to put oneself in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve. Order your copy direct from Weiser Books or through Amazon.

One Response to “Review: The Weiser Field Guide to Witches”

  1. […] you, there is no better quick reference than the Weiser Field Guides. I have already reviewed the Weiser Field Guide to Witches and was lucky enough to receive from the publisher copies of Cryptozoology, Ascension, Ghosts, and […]

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