Dark Sister

Dark Sister 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

  • Title: Dark Sister
  • Author: Graham Joyce
  • ISBN: 9780747206293
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 aDark 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 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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    1. Ρεαλιστική και απλή υπερφυσική φρίκη. Μαγικά φίλτρα βοτάνων απο μεσαιωνικές συνταγές. Κατάρες μαγισσών. Η σκοτεινή αδελφή που πρέπει να τραγουδήσει το τραγούδι του θανάτου πριν πεθάνει για να μη σπάσει η αλυσίδα των αιώνιων μαγισσών. Αυτών που γιατρεύουν αρρώστειες ψυχικ [...]

    2. This was an excellent, creepy fun read. I could hardly put it down.A bored, frustrated housewife finds an old Witch's diary, starts messing around with the herbal remedies in it, and next thing you know she's invoking Hecate, making Flying Ointment, and dancing naked in the woods. Her husband is none too pleased, especially when she forgets to pick up the kids at the babysitter's. The message here is "What goes around, comes around" and also "Be careful what you wish for. " It's only to be expec [...]

    3. Ένα βιβλίο με μάγισσες, φίλτρα, βότανα, ένα "άρωμα" από μεσαίωνα και ταυτόχρονα μια ιστορία για ένα σύγχρονο ζευγάρι με δυο μικρά παιδιά που πρέπει να βρει έναν τρόπο να ξεπεράσει τα προβλήματά του. Αυτές τις εικόνες μου δημιούργησε στο μυαλό το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο. Μια γρήγ [...]

    4. This is a book meant to be read in one sitting, preferably on a dark dreary night while the wind is howling through all of the cracks & crevices of old windows. Though I have the old, drafty windows, unfortunately, I no longer have the luxury of reading anything in one sitting and was forced to settle for half hour reading spurts whenever I could steal away from real life. Despite the pick-up and put-down method of my reading I was able to fall into the book all over again each time I began [...]

    5. Once again Graham Joyce has managed to completely captivate me and draw me in! Dark Sister is a tale of a marriage torn apart by dark, unseen forces. What seems at first to be an innocent discovery of an ancient book hidden in the fireplace, turns out to be the beginning of a mystical, and at times nightmarish journey for Maggie and her family. The book seems to beckon to Maggie to read its pages and unlock its hidden secrets. What begins as a hobby, quickly takes a turn towards a darker, more m [...]

    6. μου άρεσεκαλό ήταν και είχε πολύ γρήγορο ρυθμό χωρίς να κάνει καθόλου κοιλιάδυστυχώς το ελαφρά μπερδεμένο τέλος με εκανε να μην του βαλω τα 5 αστέριαγενικά είναι μια καλή ελαφριά επιλογήδεν είναι τρόμοςμυστήριο θα το έλεγα

    7. Το τέλος αυτού του βιβλίου περίμενα 15 χρόνια να το μάθω!Όταν ήμουν μικρή και προσφάτως χαριποττεροβαρεμενη, βρήκα αυτό το βιβλίο δίπλα στο τζάκι, όπως η Μάγκι (oh so creepy?) Έπεσα με τα μούτρα στο διάβασμα και είχα παρόμοια με της Μάγκι αντίδραση, όταν το βιβλίο εξαφανίστηκε. Προφ [...]

    8. I was not sure if I was going to like this book until the very end . . . I mean, it's Graham, GRAHAM! The man who endeared himself to me forever by confessing to having had a crush on Cathy from Wuthering Heights when he was twelve. He's adorable, and his other books have been BREATHTAKING, so I kept on going, but this book starts out with two people whose marriage is failing and who are taking out their own frustration on each other and their children . . . hard to read. But his writing is so d [...]

    9. I don't know.I'm a big Graham Joyce fan and this one just didn't do much for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it, something I've come to expect from this author. It wasn't very spooky or scary which I would have liked. I read it at night without a second thought. I didn't like either of the main characters and couldn't really justify either of their bad behavior. They weren't the kind of parents to put their children first. They were selfish. In lots of reviews I've read, people didn't li [...]

    10. Have to admit I stopped reading this book--which surprised me, since I usually like Graham Joyce's dark worlds. However, I can't continue to read a book whose characters I dislike as much I did these. The husband turns my stomach, and the storyline of herbalism/witchcraft has been done much better by other authors. I'm going to try one more Joyce young adult book, but then that may be it.

    11. This was the second book by Graham Joyce I read, and it was soon after reading the first.I have read a few book descriptions for this one and have decided to alter the best one, because some of the plot points were incorrect. So here is Tamara Hladik's description/review of the book that is listed as the description at .Com with my corrections/additions:"Dark Sister" is the third book by British fantasy writer Graham Joyce to be published in the United States - and the author travels further int [...]

    12. Some authors don't know how to breathe life and emotional depth into their characters. Some people do not know how to live their lives with emotional depth and end becoming "characters." I had trouble figuring out whether Joyce was intentionally trying to depict shallow people or if he just can't write them. Either way, this was a depressing and mostly uninteresting read saved only by the supernatural element it contained.

    13. Μου αρέσουν τα παραμύθια για μεγάλους αλλά νομίζω ότι δεν έχουν πολλοί το χάρισμα του joyce. Το απόλαυσα παρόλο που δεν αποτελεί κάτι ιδιαίτερα καινοτόμο όσον αφορά στη θεματολογία.

    14. It all started when Maggie and Alex Sanders found the book—an ancient leatherbound diary, walled up in a niche inside the fireplace in their quaint English country farmhouse. That's not the kind of thing that would be likely to happen in the U.S where our history is only a few centuries old at most. The Sanders only discovered the diary in the first place because they were trying to keep up with their friends the Suzmans but even though Alex is the archaeologist, Maggie's the one who takes pos [...]

    15. Maggie and Alex have their problems. their old, drafty house, for one thing. Their stressed-out marriage, for another.Then one day, uncovering and cleaning the house's original fireplace, they discover a dead blackbirdd an old handwritten diary full of herbal lore.Maggie takes an interest in the diary. Soon, with the help of her friends Ash, an herbalist, and Old Liz, an old woman with a deep knowledge of ancient ways, Maggie tried to find her way in a world of power and magic. But Maggie's sear [...]

    16. Blech. To be honest all I really remember is it's about a middle aged woman with an unhappy marriage who discovers that there really is magic and she can practice it. Of course that's what's been missing her entire life.Dear God, you may as well just walk to the New Age section and just read something by Raven Silverwolf or whatever the fuck her name is since apparently that's what this author read alot of in researching this book. You'd get just as much fiction and maybe a little bit more enter [...]

    17. This is the third Graham Joyce novel I have read and is one of his earlier books. I prefer his later books ( "Some Kind of Fairytale" and "Limits of Enchantment").The characterisation in this book is again brilliant but the story seemed a bit short with a lot happening in the final couple of chapters and I had to reread bits to keep up with what was happening. Saying that, the story was still really good and I raced though it- perhaps I should have savoured it more!

    18. Intriguing fantasy element. I had hard time with the sexism of the marriage - hard to have much sympathy for the husband.

    19. really cool intriguing story! I read it with a herbology book next to me - the things used in this book are real herbal remedies. I learned quite a bit. And it is spooky too.

    20. Finding a BOS and experimenting with spells and Flying may not be the safest thing, unless you are willing to pay the price!

    21. I rarely ever give one star reviews, but I can't see how this particular book has ever had more than a one star rating. It just kept dragging on, didn't make any sense, then attempted to get fast paced and interesting but ended so flat.

    22. Alex and Maggie, with their two young children, move into a new house, one with lots of history. While cleaning out the fireplace, they discover an ancient journal hidden in the chimney. Maggie's an intelligent, curious woman who loves her family, but Alex is controlling, and she's been feeling stifled. As she peruses the journal, she becomes embroiled in the writer's thoughts. Bella is a healer and wise woman who is studying the ways of magic, particularly clairvoyance and shape-shifting. Befor [...]

    23. Another fine Graham Joyce novel. But this one is so similar to The Limits of Enchantment that you wonder why he decided to write them both. He uses a witch here and a midwife there, but in the end, you get the sense that these designations are just two sides of the same coin. Not to worry; both are charming stories that deserve to be told. As ever, the real triumph of this book is the human -- you might even say mundane -- story of common people you find buried at its center. Joyce uses the elem [...]

    24. I had high hopes for this book because I had just finished reading "Some Kind of Fairy Tale" by Graham Joyce, which I absolutely loved, but I really didn't like this one. I kept hoping for some moment in the story that would make me change my mind, but it never came. In short, Maggie and Alex are unhappily married. Maggie comes across an ancient diary hidden in her fireplace and starts experimenting with witchcraft to try and solve her problems. My biggest issue with this book is that there isn' [...]

    25. Hmm, what did I think. I think I hated Alex. He was such an insensitive asshole I found it easy to believe Maggie would want to cast a spell on his sorry ass.But I also didn't find it easy to believe that Maggie would race forward toward serious witchcraft with such gay mad abandon when she supposedly loved her children. Bit of a disconnect there.Joyce uses a few too many broad strokes to sketch out his characters. I sense he didn't even like them. Granted, in the heat of the moment, people do o [...]

    26. I'm in two minds, this is the second Graham Joyce book I've read, both times I was intrigued by the blurb but slightly disappointed by the execution. It's a good enough read but I just found some things a little bit sloppily executed and lacking in depth and subtlety and felt the story could have been more interesting and detailed. Overall I preferred Some Kind of Fairytale. on paper this should be my perfect type of story, modern fantasy with an interesting twist, but it just didn't measure up [...]

    27. I truly enjoyed Graham Joyce's Dark Sister which conveys what it would be like to be a woman becoming a witch. What would such a person go through? How would it affect her non-witch world? How would it affect those around her?The story is dark, sultry, full of power. It makes plausible some of the occult that we usually sneer at. It is wonderful to watch the characters emerge and shift. I found myself reading, mystified, wondering what would happen. I was clueless; and that was wonderful.There a [...]

    28. Astounding. Unlike anything I have read. The plot elements work together wonderfully through the last third or so. It is very involving from then on. There's an old "wise woman" named Liz, and I was very anxious to know anything she had to say in a particular scene; that's when I knew I was deeply invested. The ending is terrific.The book is about a modern wife and mother who is compelled to pursue witchcraft. The plot involves psychology, archeology, split personalities, troubled children, phys [...]

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