Book Reviews, Journals and Books of Shadows

Book of Shadows & Light (Book Review)

Book of Shadows & Light is a journal intended to serve as your personal book of shadows. The paper is thick, smooth ivory, with some pages being lined and other blank. There is a very short section at the beginning with information about lunar cycles and the wheel of the year but the rest of the journal is unguided.

One distracting thing is the quotes on the pages. At the bottom of each journal page there’s a quote. An example: “Tree beings are among the kindest and most loving of all the elementals.” That’s a short quote, but some of these things are literally a full paragraph long and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to them. Some of them sound like the author’s own journal entries and most of them make me cringe. You may respond differently to them, perhaps finding them inspiring or meaningful.

Scattered throughout the book are full page color inserts with “witchy” pictures ranging from antique illustrations of myths and fairy tales to modern photography of subjects like a woman walking through the woods or standing at an altar. The images are alright but few of them really speak to me.

Although this journal is paperback, it has a sturdy, quality cover reinforced with a folded flap. The signatures are stitched, which you rarely find in a softcover book. It isn’t flimsy. I’m used to journals being hardcover, but I have bent this book backwards and forwards and even removed pages and it’s not falling apart or even getting raggedy.

The quality of the book itself is high but it just isn’t as beautiful as other journals from Blue Angel Publishing. I don’t love it as much as I wanted to, but there’s nothing really wrong with it. It could make a great book of shadows for someone who resonated with the artwork and quotes.

3 of 5 stars

Book of Shadows & Light

Lucy Cavendish

Blue Angel Publishing, 2017

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