On a cold, miserable Halloween night two small children are abandoned in the woods. After escaping from the shape-shifting witch and the three mysterious Men in Black, the girl vows never to be vulnerable again and sets her sights on becoming rich ...
and powerful ...allowing no one, and nothing, to get in her way. From humble beginnings Petal will claw her way to the top of Cuckoo Land society, manipulating the media and the public along the way, until she accomplishes her dream of fame and riches; however, in Cuckoo Land, people are rarely what they seem...The rhyming couplets which tell the story capture and blend the essence of old and new in a way that prose could never do. Mysterious observers from another dimension watch and wonder as our all-too-human characters play their adult fairy-tale roles. Betrayal, selfishness, cruelty and deception leave havoc n their wake, and herbal remedies, charms and spells play their part in supporting Petal's obsessive drive towards celebrity status. Her progress through life is expressed through the true meaning of the ancient Runes. Although the origin of the twenty-four Runes is shrouded in mystery and mythology, their portrayal of human psychology is as real today as it ever was, and they each represent a chapter of this book. Even today, the wisdom of the ancients can help us interpret events unfolding in our lives and act as signposts on our spiritual journey to enlightenment, guiding us and allowing us to make informed choices, but they can also force us to acknowledge truths about ourselves that we would rather ignore. Ultimately we must all choose our own path in life, but it is only by truly understanding ourselves that we can ever hope to understand others. The charms, spells and remedies we learn about include: Acorn Spells; Adventure Spell; Ancient Arabian Charm to Bring Back a Runaway Slave; Anger Management Amulet; Auras; Awakening the Third Eye; Car Amulet; Caraway Charm to Prevent Someone Leaving; Celibacy Bath; Charm for Talking to Animals; Coriander Love Spell; Daisy Chain Protection; Dandelion Spell; Deterring Psychic Vampires; Dice Charm; Divination by Birds; Dragon's Blood Reed Curse; Evil Magic Repellent; Exorcism Incense; Exorcism Powder; Extra Confidence Charm; Finding Stuff Spell; Fire Divination (Pyromancy); Flying Powder; Forcing a Confrontation; Galangal Hex Breaking; Gay Love Incense; Gay Love Oil; Halloween Incense; Happiness Sachet; Holly Charm; Hot Chilli Fidelity Spray; 'Letting Go' Spell; Lily Love Charm; Lovage Luck Changer; Love Attractor Bath Charm; Love Powder; Luck-in-Court Pouch; Lucky Gems; Lucky Nutmeg Bath; Lucky Powder; Magical Diet Bath; Magical Protection Oil; Marjoram Charm; Marjoram Incense; Memory Amulet; Negativity-Be-Gone Bath Spell; Negativity Repelling Charm; Obesity Amulet; Orange Divination Charm; Past Life Regression Tea; Prosperity Oil; Protecting Your Energy; Romanian Money Spell; Rose Love Charm; Sandalwood for Insight; Sending Back a Hex; Slave-maker Oil; Soul-Mate Dream Incense; Stopping Malicious Gossip; Successful Business Incense; Sweet Love Potion Number nine; Thief Repelling Charms; Think-Of-Me Charm; Truth Oil; Truth Ring; Vervain for Tumours; Vision Incense; Warning Gems; Woodruff Courage Charm. The whole story is told in very effective and easy-to-read leonine rhyme
Number of pages: 176
Date of publication: 01/03/2011
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