The birth of a magical child at the time of the Devil Moon sets the stage for heartache and misery, magic and supernatural love. Beset by unrelenting obstacles and bestowed with remarkable psychic gifts, Kate is often accompanied by fantastical black ravens who carry her through time and space. A well known legend in the Ozark Mountain countryside where Kate lives, Grandfather is a ghost with large golden eyes who frequently rides on the back of Pegasus, another Ozarkian legend. Victorian Songlight is a tale of redemption and renewal, death and rebirth, triumph over darkness. But most importantly, it is a love story. Alone and utterly forsaken, adrift on treacherous waters, Kate meets Grandfather for the second time in her life and they become lovers fulfilling a prophecy at the moment of her birth.
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Magic manifests itself in many ways. For some it is with candles, others it is in the form of miracles. For the main character of this story, it is her life. But first let me back up.
Magic is not easily definable for many. I mean what is magical? Is it only Unicorns and Witches or is it more mundane things? Prophetic dreams, Deja Vu, ability to see ghosts can all be considered magical by some. For others it is finite, only magic that exists is that which witches create, such as using a wand, spells, or other elements to create something. Still for others it is voodoo like, in that by using things you put together, you can enact change.
As not everyone believes in magic, if you are a magic user, or wielder, it can make it difficult to have friends, to have people truly understand you. That is partially what this book is about. The cords that connect us and in some cases tear up apart. It is also much deeper than that, taking into account things such as dream therapy or dream interpretation, connecting to past lives, and being spiritual to yourself and to the faith that you believe in.
Born under weird circumstances and never really cared for by her parents, the main character, Kate must transverse life being both special and untouchable depending on the person. Friends can come and go, therapists are close, and taking time to really get to know yourself while also experiencing life are all important aspects to this book. Also important is that in times of need, the ones we need will be there, but they may not stay around, nor will they necessarily be the best for us.
This story was a bit hard for me to initially get into. The language is a bit flowery for my personal reading preferences. However, after a couple of pages I started to really enjoy it and it really pulled me in. It does have really pull into the Buddhist faith and talks a lot about karma and karma debt which I have found interesting in the past and I think that is one of the reasons why I became so engrossed in it.
Overally this is not a light story. It really examines the human condition through the eyes of Kate and her interactions with other people. It takes a stark look at life and how sometimes it can suck, but other times it can be glorious. With everything going on in the world this year, an introspective look once in awhile is not a bad thing. Personally I know that I did more internal pondering while reading this book than I had in a long time. I was able to pull a lot out of this story because of the centering it provides.
Technically it is a love story in a sense. However, it is not clear cut, but more through the ages. Multiple life paths that join and separate. This in turn helps souls that are bound to each other to connect and then go about their ways. Victorian Songlight speaks directly to karma. There is even more unspoken though, in that Karma can play many roles, including bringing people together.
All in all I really enjoyed the story. I think that if you are looking for something both magical in a broader sense, this is a good story. It is a book of self-reflection, and will cause you to participate rather you like it or not, so prepare for that.