Title: Magician's Circle: More Spellbinding Stories of Wizards and Wizardry
Author: Anthology edited by Peter Haining.
Series: Kind of a sequel to The Wizards' Den: Spellbinding Stories of Magic & Magicians
Publisher: Souvenir Press
Read in: Danish
Where'd I get this copy: Library
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Teaser (from Goodreads):
It's fun to see the (VERY) different takes on magic through a hundred years. You could literally be reading about Roald Dahl's bloodthirsty witches, flip a few pages and you'd have Ray Bradbury's teenage witch, just looking for a little fun. Actually a lot of these stories were about witches. Terence Blacker's was, too.
My very favourite story was Georg MacDonald's "The Day Boy and the Night Girl". This was about a witch (REALLY?! Yep, really) who held two children captive in her castle. One, a girl named Nycteris, was never allowed to see the sun. Or any other kind of light. The other child, a boy named Photogen, was surrounded by light his entire life with the witch, never once seeing even a flicker of darkness. A very sick experiment, really. Anyway, that was one goosebumps-worthy story, I tell ya. I am so reading more of Georg MacDonald's works.
A very beautiful illustration of Nycteris and Photogen by ElizabethUnseelie
And that's really it you know. A rating for this anthology is almost impossible, as I then should have rated every story individually. But I won't. So it's a very happy
6/10, but The Day Boy and the Night Girl gets a 9/10.