When it comes to modern Witchcraft, Maxine Sanders is one of the most prominent and influential women. Firstly as the beautiful blonde priestess and wife to the late Alex Sanders self-styled “King of the Witches” she emerged into the limelight in her late teens in the swinging 1960’s London. So it is just right that this book describes her on the backcover as “One of the world’s most influential and repected witches”; and “A highly respected Priestess of the Sacred Mysteries”. Maxine is this and much more to people who she trained and initiated in her more than 40 years as a Priestess.

FireChild is a much awaited and necessary autobiography which highlights the ups and downs of her life, tells it ‘as it is’ and cuts no corners in trying to make things sound nicer than they are. Detailed are accounts of ceremonies and initiations, insights into the workings of a coven and lots of interesting snippets about life in London during the 1960’s and 1970’s with reporters knocking on the door at all hours, just like eager wannabee witches wanting initiation!

I don’t often find myself thinking that a book on Witchcraft is a ‘must read’ – but without a doubt anyone who names themselves for the mysteries of Wicca and who practices modern Pagan Witchcraft should read this book. You may find yourself crying along, or being angered at Maxine’s views at times, but without a doubt this is a book which will evoke emotion and in the process bring transformation in each person who reads it – just like an initiation which does its job.

There is the well known saying of baptism by Fire, I wonder if that is why this book is called FireChild – it is an initiation into the mysteries of Witchcraft. Without a doubt one of the most important books on the subject of Wicca / Witchcraft I own.

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