Book Review: The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
I was so excited to see this absolutely gorgeous book (props to whoever designed this cover) about Norse mythology and a witch. I love retellings and witches, so this was right up my ally.
After Angrboda angers Odin, she is left wounded and alone but makes a life for herself, deciding to stay out of sight and harm’s way. However, she falls in love with Loki and they have 3 children with fates that put them all in danger.
There is so much research obvious in this novel – and reconciling of the fluidness of myth. Angrboda is an interesting character, fiercely protective of her children, haunted by visions and glimmers of her past life, impatient with the world of the gods and their whims.
I enjoyed her friendships with the women who visit her, her independence, and her fierce loyalty, all of which make for some interesting ups and downs – joy and conflict.
The author writes beautifully and had me completely engaged, creating a wonderful picture of the world Angrboda lived. I didn’t even get confused with the world building, which can sometime be difficult in myth (and I appreciated the glossary at the end for more information). I happily and easily lost myself in this book.
I was playing around on my computer and figured out how to make the cover of my book, Prophecy, into a colouring page. In fact, several colouring pages. Here they are, so feel free to download. The reason that there are several is because of Antigone’s hair — in most of my attempts to make a colouring page, her hair just turns into a big white area. So I had an idea. I ran the cover through several different filters on a free app called Dreamscope (completely addictive, by the way), until I found some likely results. Then I took that image and ran it through another free program called Rapid Resizer that has a Free Picture Stencil Maker. This is what I came up with!
And, just for fun, I found a few images related to my book and made those into colouring pages too.
Here is King Oedipus contemplating the Sphinx’s riddle:
Here is Antigone and her sister, Ismene:
And here is Antigone with her father, Oedipus:
If anyone else tries this, I’d love to see the results, along with any completed colouring projects.
Happy Canada Day!!
Summer’s here and if you are looking for some great things to read, Smashwords is having a huge summer sale. My book, Prophecy, will be on for 50% off for the entire month of July. All you need to do is go to Smashwords by clicking here and use the coupon code SSW50 at the check out. For those of you who don’t know, Smashwords is an online distributor of ebooks. It is free to join and you can download in the format of your choice. While you’re there, be sure to check out all of the great books on sale.
Chapter 2 is ready to go on Wattpad, just click below. I would love any comments!