Today I’m reviewing Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf.
Ghost Owl: Sacred Path into Darkness
By Nancy Schoellkopf
Genre: Magic Realism, Visionary Fiction
Twenty-year-old college student Mariah Easter is missing. Her mother and half-brother are frantically searching for her. Her best friend Rafa is poring through her private journals, seeking clues to her whereabouts. But Mariah is unaware of their concern. Blind to any danger, she has slipped into a world where darkness is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Embarking on a deep spiritual journey into shadows, she begins peering into the unlit spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the secret life of a homeless man: a winding path that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.
Ghost Owl is a spiritual story of discovery that follows a young woman as she explores
the limits of her potential and confronts her own shadow.
Ghost Owl was a different read for me. I generally stick with fantasy novels, and this was more of a magical realism novel. I also learned later, this is the third book in a series. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I had no issues getting to know the characters and understanding the story.
Most of the chapters are journal enteris from our main character, Mariah, and narrated from first person POV. The rest are from third person POV of the other characters. I think Nancy Schoellkopf did an amazing job keeping this crisp and clean, as the story flowed fluidly through the chapters. Switching POVs can be tricky, but the author clearly knew what she was doing.
The concept of Ghost Owl was something that took me a bit to latch on to. I understood what was going on, but I think I was too aware I was reading. However, I did enjoy the magical aspects and alternate dimensions. It was an interesting take on how different decisions have different outcomes.
Overall, I enjoyed Ghost Owl once I got into it. I do recommend checking this one out if magical realism is your go to. I would like to read the first two books in the series to get more out of the story.
Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels–Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl—as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul–orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, ill, young, old, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless–is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.
Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.
You may reach her at her website, Wild Imaginings: a Spiritual Journey at www.nancyschoellkopf.com
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