Ever wonder how Witches feel about the commercialization of Halloween? Surrounded by cheesy costumes and candy corn, New...

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THE BOWL OF NIGHT

Ever wonder how Witches feel about the commercialization of Halloween? Surrounded by cheesy costumes and candy corn, New York Witches betake themselves to the annual HallowFest at Paradise Lake Campground in lovely Gotham County, where they share fellowship and spells with other NeoPagans, and where Bast, formerly of Changing Coven, finally enjoys a tender passage with Ceremonial Magician Julian Fletcher. In fact, it would be a perfect weekend if it weren't for the ritual murder of Rev. Jackson Harm, a fanatic who's come to picket the Festival (""Satan's Handmaids!"" read his handouts) and remains, even in death, to threaten its harmony. Bast finds herself at odds with some of her most obvious allies--former swain Lark, Festival organizer Maidjene, and Wyler Pascoe, a local cop's son who wants to be a Witch--before stumbling over the obvious solution. The most tightly focused of Bast's three adventures (Book of Moons, 1995, etc.), though in every way the least mysterious.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Forge/Tor

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1996