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Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Norwood - Book Tour + Giveaway

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 Nature of the Witch

Many years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures.

This has all passed from memory a long time ago. But now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows.

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.

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My Top 5 Favourite Witches in Fiction

When I search for the definition of ‘witch’ I find-
1) A woman thought to have magical powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick.
2) An ugly or unpleasant woman.

If we look at witches in fiction the variations are far more complex and we can find everything, from evil old hags to Mary Poppins and everything in-between.
That is why the realm of witchcraft is so enticing to write about.  The writer has a blank slate from which to create a character who can be evil or good, a spectacular sorceress, a wise old woman or a bumbling beginner.  The only limit is the writer’s imagination.
Fiction has brought us many top notch witches.  Here are five of my favourites.  Who are yours?

1) Kiera from ‘Nature of the Witch.’
Is it cheating to include my own witch in this list?  Of course she is is one of my favourite witches because I know her so well.  In fact, Kiera and I share similar life experiences, although she is the one with the magical powers.  I’m still waiting to discover mine.
When we first meet Kiera, she is struggling after the death of her father.  The book sees some of her journey through the grief caused by that loss.  I wrote this story after the death of my dad so it was a journey we took together and one that helped me a little by the writing of it.
Kiera is a very human witch.  She can do amazing things but she can also make mistakes.

2) The Grand High Witch from ‘The Witches.’
Do my favourite witches have to be likeable?  Roald Dahl was a master storyteller.  When I think of my childhood books many of his stories jump to mind.
That book, and also the film with Anjelica Houston in the role, are creepy for adults, so for a child’s imagination those witches who trap children in paintings or turn them into mice are terrifying!
He took the idea of witches as evil old hags, and turned them into something very real.  They are everywhere.  They are in disguise and they can sniff you out.  Fortunately Roald Dahl did warn us how to spot them – they wear gloves, they’re bald so will be wearing a wig, they have large nostrils for sniffing out children, their eyes change colour, they have no toes and they have blue spit.  So keep your eyes peeled people!

3) Elphaba from ‘Wicked.’
I loved the book and can’t believe I haven’t seen the show yet.  It’s definitely on my bucket list.  The writer, Gregory Maguire, cleverly takes the baddie from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and turns her into a complex and endearing character.
The story is an interesting perspective on good verses evil.  Elphaba is someone who is misunderstood and often ill-treated by those around her, and yet she is a strong and principled person. 

4) Morgan le Fay from tales of King Arthur
The Arthurian legend is one powerful enough to captivate us still.  What is intriguing about Morgan or Morgana le Fay is that her role in these tales can vary in the telling.  In earlier works she doesn’t have a prominent role, but in later writings her character grows in importance to the legend.
She is mostly portrayed as his enemy, and her magical powers make her a very dangerous foe.
However, it seems she ultimately receives some redemption.  When Arthur is dying she helps to take him on his final journey to Avalon.
As with all stories about Arthur and his knights, we are left asking whether any of it really happened?  Did these people ever exist?  If so, what were they like?  I love that mystery and the enduring fascination it causes.

5) Hermione Granger from ‘Harry Potter.’
It didn’t seem right, when writing a post about magic in fiction, not to mention the Harry Potter books.  It’s impossible not to think of J K Rowling and the wonderful world of wizards, owls, witches, muggles and much more that she created.
Hermione is a strong female lead.  She is someone to look up to, who is not afraid to be clever, not afraid to stand up for what is right and she is loyal to her friends. 

Picking five of my favourite witches turned out to be much harder than I anticipated.  I’d love to hear suggestions for who else should be on the list.  Comment below or you can contact me on Twitter @ThinkFitFoodFam.  Thank you very much to Jasmine for letting me hijack her blog today.

Author Bio 
 Helen lives in the UK with her husband, two children and one diva-like cat called Tiger. Helen, like many others, was captivated in her childhood by books from the likes of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton and any books which took her to new worlds and showed her places of magic and mystery. She has enjoyed writing and creating her own magical worlds from a young age. She is currently writing the second book in the 'Nature of the Witch' trilogy which will be out soon.
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