Spells that Bind

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Author: Mary Cadogan
Editors: Jeffrey W. Hunter and Timothy J. White
Date: 1999
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 627 words

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[(review date 18 July 1980) In the following review, Cadogan questions several inconsistencies in the plot of A Walk in Wolf Wood but praises the novel overall for its subtlety and cleverness.]

In A Walk in Wolf Wood Mary Stewart continues her preoccupation with issues that have been central to her recent Arthurian novels for adults. The eerie events that overtake two down-to-earth twentieth-century children become the vehicle for an incisive exploration of magic, savagery and the mis-uses of power.

On holiday with their parents in Germany, John and Margaret Begbie are suddenly projected from the drowsy stillness of a perfectly ordinary summer's afternoon into a stark world of medieval sorcery and intrigue. They are in the Black Forest and their slip backwards in time takes place when curiosity and concern prompt them to follow a distressed man into the woods. He is "weeping bitterly"--and with good cause. The children discover that the stranger, Lord Mardian,...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100004757