High Priestess and Empress

Book Two, Arcana Oracle Series

Fiction - Paranormal
344 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2024
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

High Priestess and Empress is the second book in Susan Wands's Arcana Oracle Series and a perfect pick for paranormal fans. Artist and seer Pamela Colman Smith returns to London only to discover that her nemesis, Aleister Crowley, has returned and is after her. She continues her art, nonetheless, until Ellen is poisoned and nearly killed. Aleister's plot to kill Queen Victoria escalates the tension. Can he be stopped from destroying all female rulers? In a tale intertwining art, magic, and intrigue, Pamela, a multifaceted artist, struggles with her identity and the supernatural forces surrounding her. Through encounters with figures like Aleister Crowley and interactions within the mystical Golden Dawn, Pamela moves through a world fraught with danger and uncertainty. From tense encounters at Watkins Books to surreal experiences at the British Museum, Pamela's journey progresses in a vividly imagined Victorian London. As she tries to take responsibility for her artistic vision and the ominous warnings of figures like Crowley, Pamela is tested in many ways.

Her journey is marked by moments of triumph and tribulation, from captivating audiences with Jamaican folktales to confronting visions of dark magic. Alongside her companions, including Uncle Brammie and Ellen, Pamela faces criticism and skepticism about her artistic endeavors while fighting her inner demons. Through Pamela's eyes, readers witness a world teetering on the brink of mysticism and modernity, where the boundaries between reality and the supernatural blur. Her interactions with diverse characters, from Florence Farr to Greta Valentine, offer glimpses into the interconnected web of relationships that shape her destiny. As tensions rise and alliances shift, Pamela's journey becomes a compelling exploration of identity, agency, and the enduring quest for artistic truth in a world shrouded in mystery. High Priestess and Empress by Susan Wands is captivating, a nuanced story with intriguing characters, gorgeous prose, and a setting that mesmerizes readers.