Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural

28 January 2009

Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural
by Eileen Kernaghan
Published by Thistledown Press
Review by Judith Silverthorne
$15.95 ISBN 978-1-897235-40-9

Jeannie Guthrie, a sixteen-year-old Scottish farm worker, discovers that she has a frightening talent the day she is attacked by her cousin. Believing that she has killed him and fearing that she will be branded as a witch, she flees. The only thing she takes is a journal through which she tells her intriguing tale of myth and magic.

Lost and alone in London, she becomes a companion to Alexandra David, author and seeker of mysticism. She also works for a time in the famous theosophist salon of Madame Helena Blavatsky. Slowly Jeannie begins to understand the source of her mysterious powers. As she becomes more comfortable with her psychic abilities, demands are placed on her to perform. Not able to bear these unscrupulous people, she once again flees.

Eventually, she locates and joins Alexandra in Paris, where she gains even more insights into her abilities. Throughout their wanderings, they cross paths with famous artists, radical thinkers. Their experiences grow, leading them into dangers.

Jeannie tries to come to terms with the talents that are an intrinsic part of her, but her life is still paralyzed in other areas. Fears of retribution for her assumed crime continue to haunt her.

Historic references and details included from the real lives of her two acquaintances in this late Victorian time and of those in Paris add a richness to Jeannie’s story. This ‘authenticity ‘makes Jeannie’s story even more fascinating to follow.


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