The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
I’ve always had a fascination with witches, so when I saw the title, I imagined it to be a story
along the lines of other witch tales I was familiar with. But alas, it was quite different than I expected!
It was a tale woven from the tapestry known as Norse mythology—something admittedly, I knew nothing about.
The author took her vast knowledge of the subject and created a tale about one of the lesser-known figures in the myths: that of Angrboda the witch. Had I known more about Norse mythology itself, I might have understood more about the intertwining of the more popular characters, such as Lokin and Odin, but I was still able to catch on rather quickly.
Angrboda was an interesting character. In the beginning, I marveled at her resilience to start over and heal. Then I became a little a frustrated with how this seemingly strong woman gave up her power to let a man walk all over her, use her, cheat on her, walk out on her and ultimately, betray her.
But it is that betrayal that lights her fire again, and I loved watching her path back to her true self, finding understanding and forgiveness along the way.
Although at times, I was a little taken aback by some weirdness, once I put it in the perspective of storytelling and myths (like with Greek mythology, which I love), then I was able to sit back and enjoy the unfolding. I loved how she found true love in the end (a surprisingly sweet turn of events) and how the love for her children made her even stronger than she was before.
It ended up being quite a beautiful story of women empowerment and what they sacrifice in the name of love…of man, of children, of each other and of self.
An interesting read. Hard to get into, but once I stuck through it, it all came together in the end for a very satisfying story!
To hear more about my thoughts on and how I connected to the character, Angrboda, check out my video book review, Find Yourself in a Character:
To learn more about this week’s author, Genevieve Gornichec, you can find her here: https://genevievegornichec.com/
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