Halloween may be over, but the nightmare is just beginning for two Canadian women who are being charged with pretending to practice witchcraft. Section 365 of the Canadian criminal code states that:
Every one who fraudulently
(a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,
(b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or
(c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found,
is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Dorie Stevenson owns Milton Psychic and allegedly defrauded a client for $60,000. Toronto psychic Samantha Stevenson (unrelated) allegedly defrauded a client for over $600,000. Whew. That’s a lot of tea leaves.
These witchy women inspired me to share with you three of my favourite stories of modern witches.
1. City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte
Magnus Flyte is the pen name of Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch joint efforts.
City of Dark Magic follows music student Sarah Weston who accepts an invitation to Prague Castle doing historical research for a noble family’s museum. As soon as she arrives, Sarah learns the former researcher may have been murdered. Could she be next? Featuring sixteenth-century alchemists, time travel, and hell portals, all confronted by a kick-ass heroine.
The second book, City of Lost Dreams came out recently and I can’t wait to get my hot little paws on it!
2. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
If you like this first book, you’re in luck because there’s two more and a series you can binge watch.
Quentin Coldwater is a miserable but fun anti-hero to follow around for a trilogy that combines portals to other worlds, modern sorcery and the angst of growing up, even if you’re magical.
3. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
Are you getting the multiple authors theme of this list yet? I just noticed that myself. Weird.
Stephenson and Galland wrote one of my favourite books that I’ve read this past year. This book features two stubborn, highly educated protagonists (Melisande: linguistics expert. Tristan: military genius) who butt heads, hop through time and work for The Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O).
I’d love to see a D.O.D.O miniseries. It’s the kind of adventure story that would translate excellently to film.
I’d love to read more fantasy set in modern times. If you have a recommendation, drop it in the comments below.