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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ghostlight


***** Ghostlight by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Gothic. Re-read.









I read this years ago, and put it back in the TBR pile after Dagny read it last summer and left it here. It's always interesting to read a book you loved in the past to see if your perceptions or tastes have changed. In this case, I still enjoyed it immensely.

Truth Jourdemayne is the daughter of notorious psychic con-artist Thorne Blackburn, who started an occult movement in the 60s and who killed her mother during one of his rituals, then disappeared.

So she's dedicated her life to showing the truth about such things, scientifically, and put the past, and her father, behind her.

But now she's been asked to write her father's biography, and her aunt Caroline gives her Thorne's grimoire, and Truth decides it's time to go back to Shadow's Gate and write the true story.

When she gets there, she discovers a cult trying to recreate her father's work, and everything becomes much more confusing.

I think I liked this so much because I'm a huge sucker for gothics. The creepy old house, the intrepid heroine, the two men--one good, one evil, but you don't find out until the end which is which, and the whole air of mystery.

The twists and turns in this one were both surprising and logical, and I was sucked right in. I really enjoyed Truth--sure she knows what's real, desperate to distance herself from her father, but deep down even more desperate to know her father and for him to be someone she can love and admire.

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