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Thorn's books just keep getting better and better. Can a young Catholic Worker find love and spiritual fulfillment with a Witch? Can they join with a diverse community and change the city's treatment of houseless people? Watch and see. Aiden and Tobias seem like an unlikely couple at first. As they join forces to help Portland's houseless community, the Saint/Goddess Bridgit comes into both lives in a most dramatic manner. The results are great on all levels.
Years ago I took a course called "Twelve Weeks With a Goddess: Bridget" from Thorn Coyle. My experiences meeting Bridget then were much like those of Tobias and Aiden, though not in such a dramatic context. I was not expecting to actually encounter her, but there she was. This story brought those experiences back in a lovely way and refreshed my relationship with Bridget. In fact, she did some anvil work on me this morning that completely changed my way of seeing a situation that had been bothering me for months. Major healing took place.
I have already started on the next one, and I have heard rumors volume 5 is on the way. These are wonderful stories, authentic magic, and the characters come alive on the pages. Don't miss these. She is writing from her own experience and it shines through with a special kind of authenticity.
Looking for Harry Dresden or Anita Blake? Go elsewhere. There are plenty of urban fantasy series full of anger, violence, aggression and fear. This isn’t one. This is more like de Lint: about people, relationships and love, in the world of magic and witchcraft, gentle and truly human. I’ve known people like this, practices like this. I like this world. I’d want to actually live here, unlike many other urban fantasies full of storm und drang. Written by a woman who knows this world and lives in it (be sure to check out her non-fiction). I’ve read other series and been entertained. I read these books and am inspired.
Review of By Flame - The Witches of Portland Book Two 04-2-18
I read this book all in one day over the course of several hours. I was spellbound, and could not stop reading. There is magic in the way that Thorn shapes her characters, new ones this time emerge from the Witches in Portland. So many central issues of our times are covered within the framework of the magical coven, including interfaith community, homelessness, and persecution of people due to sexual preference, economic and race differences. A beautiful portrait of the Goddess Brigid, whether known as Goddess or the Catholic Saint is dominant within the expression of the key spiritual experiences in two main characters.
Thorn is a natural storyteller; this is a love story on so many levels. There is healing for the main characters in the story, and healing as well for the reader as the story’s energy ramps up slowly, intensifies and reaches its conclusion.
In By Flame, T. Thorn Coyle continues the story of the Arrow and Crescent Coven via Tobias, herbalist and coven member. In the midst of a crisis of confidence, Tobias encounters Aiden, a Catholic volunteer serving Portland's houseless community. Brought together through a surprising confluence of their spiritual experiences and a sinister series of events following on from By Earth, Tobias and Aiden join forces with the coven, other community members, and a Goddess to protect and heal the homeless community and themselves.
T. Thorn Coyle weaves a captivating story of community, magic, and social justice with her usual authority. Highly recommended!
I love stories that show people working out their issues with heart, spirit and vulnerability. The characters are engaging and the details of the Wican ritual work seem to echo modern practices in believable ways. Themes of social justice and equality are highlighted in this author's current day tale of a city enmeshed in a battle between justice and greed. It certainly highlights our world's present struggles in an engaging way.
I am grateful to have read such an awesome book. Magick can be found in all places. I have read the books in this series out of order and I agree it does not affect the story. If you read in order it will give highlights of the past, that's about it. I rarely find an author who can write well in various points of view. This one has St.Brigid and the Goddess Brigid as a focal point helping the city of Portland. I don't want to spoil much. If you're looking for a witchy fantasy book focused on healing. You've come to the right place.
By Flame is a heartfelt and passionate story. Tobias and Aiden are drawn to one another, and become leaders in a movement to bring justice to a houseless community. While their spiritual practices differ, both work with Brigid, as Goddess and Saint. They are able to work through their differences to build a successful movement. T. Thorn Coyle is a marvelous storyteller. I became so engrossed with the story that I didn't notice clicking to turn the page--the pages seemed to turn by themselves. Before I knew it, the story had ended. I'm really looking forward to reading the next of the series in The Witches of Portland.