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THE WITCH WITHIN




A pagan tale set in medieval Bohemia. 

After she has been charged with witchcraft, sixteen-year-old Talitha escapes to the abandoned Cursed Lands and seeks the ancient cave of her ancestors. In the deep woods, she starts to remember her ancestral lore of healing and magical symbolism and receives guidance on how to survive from the local spirits.
Soon after she’s captured by two men, who were sent to take her to the local justice. One is a brute while the other is fatally attracted to her.
Once Talitha manages to escape them, she finds her ancestral cave, but also another one at the highest peak of the forest where a group of refugee women has established a camp. By facing both the dark and bright side of her kin, Talitha learns that what she thought was her curse, may yet become her gift.

The story was inspired by pagan philosophy, symbolism and runes.

BEHIND THE STORY:

The Witch Within is based on a series of dreams that I had. They at first seemed unrelated, but gradually merged into a story that I felt compelled to write.

I was greatly influenced by a book called The Secret History of the Czech Lands, which describes the fascinating long-lost lore of my ancestors, as well as Bohemian legends. The landscape and tales of South Bohemia, particularly mountain KleŇ• also inspired the story, as I'm fascinated with that area's mystique. Another significant inspiration flourished from studying the Elder Futhark Runes and Sacred Geometry, which I further explore in the stand-alone sequel, The Goddess Within.

REVIEWS:


It's a remarkable debut novel and I have no doubt the sequel will be just as good, if not phenomenal. It is one of the rare books I have read and thought, ‘That will make a good movie’” - Katrina Sisowath, author 

“The story is so beautifully told we become engrossed in the journey and the fantasy surrounding the tale. It is like a walk through a time of nurturing and coming of age for this young woman who is powerful and strong.” - Judi Blaze, author 

“Yes, ‘The Witch Within’ is poetic, philosophical, even ethereal but this story is truly about family, about heritage, the persecution of a family line and the persecution within that family line. ‘The Cursed Lands’ are symbolic of how the family's persecution has been a curse on their bloodline for centuries and has forced Talitha and her beloved grandmother into alienation not just by the community but by their own family members.” - Angel Chadwick, author

“The writer sets philosophical and theological questions against the emotive experienced of a girl banished, captured and abused. Her story is one of bravery against all odds. Her character remains enlightened, staying true to light and love." - Dorothy Lehane, poet


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