Mountain Magic: Volume One is filled with much knowledge drawn from European, Native American, and African American folk magic. I love the illustrated guide and the ease of reading and following the book.
This book covers so much witchyness. Starting with different types of witches, herbs, etc. I loved it. I found it very informative and right up my alley. Appalachian folklore is a new topic of interest for me and I thought this was a great starting book. Very well researched.
This was a cozy, fascinating book. Felt I learned a lot. Highly recommend. The book has a nice witchy feel and is very informative.
I’m an absolute sucker for anything witchy so I just knew I had to read this when I saw it (the cover of course, also a sucker for cute covers) and it did not disappoint! It has a lot of interesting stories and I enjoyed reading it a lot.
Very informative book. I enjoyed reading it and definitely happy to hve it in my collection.
Thanks to NG and the publisher for allowing me access to this book.
Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy. This book explores the secrets of old-time witchcraft in the Appalachian region. I have always had an interest in different religions and points of view, but never realized that a religion varied by region as well. Reading from not only an expert witch but one who is also a forager who shares her knowledge and experience of the diverse and rich magical traditions of the people who live in the hills and hollows was fascinating. There are so many things I want to look more into, and I wonder how much corresponds to other regions or how it can be adapted for non-mountain areas. The book is also beautifully illustrated with drawings of plants, charms, and symbols that capture the essence of the mountain magic and makes everything easier to grasp and more real. The book covers various topics such as the types of Appalachian witches, the medicinal and occult uses of herbs, the charms and curses that are part of the folk magic, and the seasonal lore and astrology that guide the life of the mountain people. The book also includes recipes, anecdotes, and historical facts that make the reading enjoyable and informative. The book also shows how the culture has been influenced by other cultures and versions of folk magic, and how it has adapted. As with others on similar topics, this book has inspired me to connect more with nature and to discover the magic that surrounds me. It also makes me want to pay more attention to the nuances of change around me. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the history and practice of witchcraft in Appalachia, has an interest in witchcraft in general, or who enjoys learning about other cultures and belief.
This was a really interesting and helpful book on Appalachian folklore and magic. I never knew anything about it to start so I found this extremely well written and organized, and the illustrations were wonderful! A great addition to the library.
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.
Mountain Magic is a beautiful and detailed guide to exploring old-time witchcraft. I loved how informative this book was without being overwhelming at the same time. Appalachia is so interesting, and I've loved exploring it through this book. There's a wealth of information about plants, vegetables, and herbs, and I enjoyed that there were interactive activities with the book, too. The illustrations are just beautiful and add a tough of magic to the pages! I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves plants and the outdoors even if you don't believe in witchcraft as it's a stunning book to have and very informative.
This was an informative cosy book providing lots of details on herbal remedies and so much more. I would really recommend this book to any one who struggles with health problems but wishes to stay away from chemicals!
If you are interested in Appalachian folklore, herbal magic, pick this one up! Rebecca Beyer focuses on the old ways of Appalachian practitioners and includes the traditional herbs they used in their practices. The writing style is concise and almost like an easy-to-read encyclopedia. The artwork is stunning.
I definitely recommend this book.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this eARC.
The illustrations for this book are gorgeous! I can’t wait to purchase a physical copy. It’s a nice introduction to Appalachian magic. Can’t wait to see what she releases next!
I’m obsessed with the cover and obviously the book as well. I can’t help reading all the magical books out there, this one was exceptionally good though. So much fun and easy to understand.
Super cute book! There's a lot of heart in this writing, and it shows! Totally recommend for anyone with a witchy interest.
This book was so awesome! I loved the author’s voice for telling their stories. I downloaded this book to connect more to my Southern heritage while connecting with more “witchy” things. This book was so incredible. The illustrations were also awesome
A beautiful and fascinating introduction to the traditional remedies and healing practices of the Appalachian mountains. Gorgeous illustrations bring the book to life.
"These are the flavors of a place. Each iron nail, each herb, they all tell a story about the way that magic was born."
This is one of the most interesting nonfiction books I've read in a long time. While I don't have much knowledge of herbs and tonics, I'm a big fan of nature and all its hidden abilities and it was fun to learn about the mythology behind plants, animals, seasons and moon phases. The author even included detailed recipes for brewing healing tea with wild herbs and how to make charms for protection. What I found very sympathetic was how she also tried to stay true to the "magical" elements by referencing their African, Persian, European or Appalachian origin.
What made the book even more enjoyable was the beautiful illustrations of every new theme. The art work is delicate and serene and the overall aesthetics of this book is quite feminine and charming.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to others. This book is a great follow-up to Beyer's previous title Wild Witchcraft. If you enjoyed that book you are sure to enjoy this one and vice versa.
I have not spent much time in Appalachia but my family comes from Appalachia. It was fun and interesting to read about the beliefs of the area and to see some of the things my grandparents told me listed in the text.
I have never been able to predict the weather via caterpillar but I had a great time reading about it.
Great book, I will be looking forward to future titles from Beyer.
‘Mountain Magic’ by Rebecca Beyer was beautiful, fascinating, and informative. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Comprehensive history of the area stretching from Pennsylvania to Alabama. Folk medicine as a mix of Christianity, magick, and superstition borne out of survival/necessity. Mesmerizing blend of old German, African and Native American belief systems. The biodiversity of the region produces a wide variety of medicine and tonics.
This was an excellent overview of folk magic from the Appalachian Mountains. The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed the authors writing style and personal insights.