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 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 more 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Tooth Fairy was a PW Best Book of 1998.
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I very much enjoyed Dark Sister on its own merits, but of course it is impossible not to compare it to his previous works. Read morePublished on March 1 2003 by troy w folsom
It is rare I can read a book in a short time. I have 5 kids so my time is limited. But I read this book in 2 days and was unable to put it down more than I had to. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2001 by Kitty
I had hoped for much after reading other reviews here, but came away from Dark Sister feeling offended. Yet another book where Pagans have a Dark Side (as if Christianity didn't? Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2000
As a wiccan I was pleasantly surprised to find a well researched portrayal of witchcraft without an extreme bias for or against. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2000