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Skolthan

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Skolthan by Damaris West

3 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) A truly chilling tale of the paranormal, diabolic witchcraft and malevolence.

From the primitive cottage where she lives a hermit-like existence, Hilda can reach a tidal island which gives her access to a beautiful world, a fragment of the one-time Garden of Eden.

She is almost unique in possessing the sought-after gift of being able to pass through to this other world, but the very same gift puts her in danger from malevolent forces that seek to use the island’s tremendous power to secure their own evil domination.

In a desperate bid to rescue a young mother and her yet unborn child, the intended victims of a horrific ritual with cosmic implications, Hilda and her closest friends must outwit a charismatic warlock (Hilda’s former husband) and the arch-witch Alice, embodiment of evil, who treacherously masquerades as a midwife.

Their mission culminates in an heroic act which threatens to throw them all over the edge and into the same evil world which they are so anxious to destroy. Nonetheless, good prevails, but at a truly terrible price …

Hilda lives by herself and is very happy about it. She is a witch and likes to keep to herself away from the neighbors that distance themselves from her. We start by following her around her place as she cleans for her daughters stay. As she goes about her chores we learn about her daughter and her husband.

Then she discovers a young woman that needs help and steps up to help her. But there are evil plans for this young woman and her child, plans that include her warlock husband and her little island.

I admit that I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story. It seems a bit dry as you follow Hilda around cleaning, reminiscing, and talking to herself. But when things start going you quickly get wrapped up in the story. I love the description, I felt right there. I also like the witch/paranormal aspect. It has a more natural and realistic feel for Hilda’s magic. Something I would consider a true witch.

This is a really good book and one that I recommend you try. This is one book that slipped through my TBR pile and it was so good that I regret not reading it sooner.

I received this book ages ago in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Skolthan be sure to check out Amazon or Goodreads.

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