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Das Geheimnis der siebten Hexe

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  8,060 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North, has decided to marry. But his wife must be a witch of the darkest powers . . .

A sorcery competition is held to discover which witch is the most potent and fiendish, and glamorous Madame Olympia conjures up a thousand plague-bearing rats Belladonna, the white witch, desperately wants to be a wicked enchantress, but her magic pr
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by DTV Deutscher Taschenbuch (first published 1979)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This was just a ton of fun. Ibbotson is like a tamer Roald Dahl, with a twist of Monty Python. The part about the rats, though? That was pure Stephen King. *shudder*
To the reviewers who complain about the wishy-washyness about why the pretty white witch is good, whether dark magic is evil, whether the blackest of all the witches should win the dark magic contest, let me just say this. Real life is full of contradictions, exceptions, gray areas, and people who have trouble figuring out what they truly want. Good books reflect that. This is a good book.

The interior illustrations are much more fitting and interesting than this jacket. The yuck factor exists, b
I was pleasantly surprised by this quick read. My daughter told me I HAD to read it, after she had read and enjoyed it herself. So I took it along on a long train trip, and read it in one sitting. While Ibbotson will never win any awards for character development, she does have a way with both words and plot; her turns of phrase continually gave me pleasure, and her silly plot made me laugh out loud several times, drawing bemused looks from my fellow train passengers. A good book for younger mid ...more
If you haven't yet discovered Eva Ibbotson, this is a great place to start. This is one of the charming, intriguing, hilarious, and outright pleasurable books I have ever read!

It's about Arriman the Aweful, a wizard famous for both his power and his good looks has decided to marry a witch. From a long list of candidates the winner must be: the fairest of them all the most evil of them all. Belladonna is is determined to win the competition but the problem is she is a distressingly good witc
This is... this is the jewel of my childhood!
My mum was just telling me the other day how, when I was younger (about 5 or 6, I think), there was a book I used to love. I would always read and reread and reread it again... constantly, apparently.
Though I haven't read this book in years and YEARS, I recently found it in a box in the attic and thought "OMG this is the book mum keeps telling I used to love!" and decided to read it again.

Unsurprisingly enough, I still love it! It brought back many
This is one of my all time favourite books, both as a young reader, a teenager and as an adult, I think I must have read it at least 50 times over the years. It was a regular check out for me while at school from the library but, bizarrely, I never owned my own copy.

The book focusses on the white which Belladonna, who is secretly in love with the dark and broodingly handsome Arriman the Awful, the most feared and fierce wizard of the North. He had decided he must marry as he needs an heir to pas
Arriman the awful, Grand Poobah of all things nasty and mighty dark wizard of the North has had many happy years of blighting, smiting and wrecking a great deal of havoc. But there comes a time when even the darkest of wizards gets tired of the "monotony" and wants to pass on the mantle to a more sinister and deserving wizard.

The great hunt begins and Arriman creates a kindly, three-headed monster called the "Wizard Watcher" for the task. But with not even the faintest squeak of a dark wizard fr
I was inspired in re-visiting this book by my cute little sisters playing witches in our backyard. There they were strutting around the grass sneering disdain and blurting out curses on "unwanted visitors" commenting on how annoyingly good so-and-so was. And I just sat there and smiled, smart little creatures' I thought who at their young age already understood the beauty of a good-old bad guy.Then I remembered this book. I remember reading this when I was about 9 not really understanding half ...more
It's fun and hilarious.
OH, I'd like to know what happens next to Madam Olympia and Sir Simon! How they will try to kill each other!
It's hilarious, I was laughing so hard while reading it! It's like a parody of all the today's YA paranormal romances. (yeah I know it isn't the intention of the author - just look at the year when it was written, but still..) If I'm to be fair, this book doesn't really deserve four stars, but I'm feeling generous. So what? Does it matter if it's predictable? I mean it didn't stop me from laughing out loud, so who cares?
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Originally published on my blog, Nine Pages .


I’ve read several of Eva Ibbotson’s books. Which Witch? is perhaps one of her best known, possibly for its clever title. It was too one of her earliest, preceded only by The Great Ghost Rescue (of which I’d not heard before writing this review). The theme of this book is a comfortable one: the power of love, the dangers of an absence of love, and the power of love to transform a person. It is told with a twist, however. The protagonists are
A fun read - silly and sweet, and yes, charming.

I should just start writing "CHARMING" ten times in a row for all of my Ibbotson reviews. I can't seem to come up with another word for her. She's charming and delightful. Go read her.

My work here is done.
Arriman the Awful, the Wizard of the North, decides he must marry in order to have an heir. But he can't just marry anyone -as a wizard he must marry a witch. So he sets up a competition for local witches. He will marry the witch who produces the blackest magic -- what he deems as a fitting qualification for his bride-to-be -- after all, as his servants reason, he must uphold his legacy.

The magic has some surprising results and there are questions about the power of a familiar. Is Belladonna a b
This was an odd one. Honestly.

Being a good witch equals curse. Good witch falls in love with evil wizard on sight. Evil wizard will only marry her if, out of a line-up, she manages to do the evillest thing of all. Good witch longs to be evil. Good witch learns to do evil things, while still remaining... good? Rest of plot shall remain unknown so I don't have to mark this post for spoilers, but come on--what do you think the ending will be?

This book disappointed me for its wishywashiness. And I'
In elementary school, I read so voraciously that I regularly picked out books from the library based just on their cover art or title or alluring book jacket. One such book that I borrowed from my elementary school's library had a plot that stayed with me, but I hadn't been able to remember the title until one day in the paperback section of the children's library of the main Chicago Public Library branch when, quite by chance, I found the book. It was called Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson and I i ...more
Erin Boyington
Kindly white witch Beladonna has never been able to do black magic, but when the handsome wizard Arriman sets a contest to find the wickedest witch to be his bride, she is determined to give it her best shot.

Beladonna has her work cut out for her if she wants to shake her embarrassing affinity for begonias and cute woodland creatures, but she is helped out in the contest by an orphan named Terence Mugg. Terence owns a pink earthworm named Rover, and Rover seems to be just the familiar to help Be
Vocabulary love:
wraith - she's just a wraith
hattock - hattock away
chilblain - chilblain on is left toe
shoal - a shoal of stinging jellyfish appeared
widdershins - it's widdersins we should be going
sozzled - sozzled with the stuff
offing - a prince or two in the offing
frogged - frogged with gold
rheumy - their rheumy eyes
plashing - plashing sound of Sir Simon
quirt - sieved sea quirt
caliph - nastiest caliph
judder - the handbag gave a kind of judder
denizen - nothing
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Really cute story! If you liked Harry Potter you'll like this one!
A funny twist on wizards and witches, with dry humor. However, slightly contradictory when the wizard does "dark" magic, says thats what he wants in a wife, and yet really he & everyone else in the book want the "white" witch - it seemed like there was a difference between "dark" and actual evil. The "dark" magic in this book was more like the fuel for the humor, and the "oh, this is what's expected of me." It was annoying at times, though - make up your mind, wizard, do you really want a da ...more
My next read with Marcus. He chose this over Diana Wynne Jones' The Ogre Downstairs.

In the end, Marcus decided it didn't like witches and we changed to the Jones book after all. But I'd been enjoying the story, so I settled in and finished it. This is a fun, enjoyable little story that yes, is really for children, but I'm not at all sorry I read it. It just has that "something" that makes a book a pleasure to read.
This wasn't a first read for me. I've read this book many, many times over the years and it's one of my most well loved fantasy romances ever. I've long mentioned that I'm a great lover of whimsy, fantasy, romance and the sweet. I love it. Ibbotson really wrote this story well, it comes through in it's simplicity, is funny, and leaves you feeling really good when you're done with it. While, this book may seem on the surface to be for a much younger audience, it is quite suitable for adults as we ...more
Julie Decker
Arriman the Awful--born a warlock, with practical parents who encouraged him--has spent his youth doing the Dark Wizard thing. But on the day he discovers his first white hair, he must recognize that he will not live forever, and all his supporters encourage him to secure his legacy by taking a wife. But of course, if he wants to have a properly dark wizard child to take up his mantle, he's got to marry the darkest witch in all the land. And so the contest begins.

A whimsical and slightly gross c
Luffy Monkey D.
Re reading is not among my inclinations or priorities. However, I had to make an exception for Which Witch?. I read it first about 20 years ago, and I liked it so much that I didn't forget the small details for a long time. But recently I have had the urge to revisit past favorites. That's why I broke my habits and read this book again.

The author's style is ebullient and twisty. Her imagination was spot on. She knew, by instinct, what was appealing and whimsical. The book is not of the fantasy
Eileen Castle
I remember reading and rereading this book when I was in middle school. I was so happy to find this in the attic of my parents house. I can't believe my mom kept all my favorite books.

I really enjoyed all of the characters, they were delightfully developed. The competitors were are wickedly splendid with their quirks and foibles. Terrence was a darling! Arriman's staff were brilliant in setting up with and trying to keep everything from falling apart. Sir Simon and Arriman were so overly dramat
An attractive middle-aged wizard realizes that he is getting old and needs to find a wife if his legacy is to continue. Not being the social type and wanting only the best to bear his heir, he decides to have a contest to choose the perfect spouse. The events that followed managed to simultaneously dismay, terrify, intrigue and flabbergast him.

This is the second time I have read this book. The first time was back in primary school and I absolutely adored it. Reading it at least fifteen years lat
This youth story was amazingly creative and fun. Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North is tired of his life of blackness and badness so he decides he needs to get married--to a witch of course--so he can raise a new wizard to take over the responsibility of dastardly deeds. So he holds a spell-casting contest among the witches of Todcaster. Belladonna, who is actually a white witch, has fallen in love with Arriman and would love to win but it's not likely since her magic consists of flow ...more
One of my favourite books from childhood, took me ages to track down my own copy. Read it every so often when life becomes too serious.
A witch finding a wive? How 'cute' is that for a children book theme? Well, Ibbotson rocks!
When I started reading this book I was grateful that I have to read children's/YA books in order to decide which ones to buy for our local library. "Which Witch" is written in a tone that is hard to describe but very refreshing and amusing. It's not about scaring the reader with the evilness of black magic, it's about how to fit in when people expect/demand certain things of you you are not capable of, but want to do nevertheless. Anyway, my only complaint about this with a lot of dry humour wri ...more
best book on earth!!!!!!!!!
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Eva Ibbotson (born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner) was a British novelist specializing in romance and children's fantasy.

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925. When Hitler came into power, Ibbotson's family moved to England. She attended Bedford College, graduating in 1945; Cambridge University from 1946-47; and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a diploma in edu
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“But of course he knew, all of them knew. There is only one kind of a person a wizard can marry, and that is a witch.” 8 likes
“Stupid women were lured into it and assured they would become young and beautiful if they let themselves be pummeled and pounded and smeared with sticky creams, and have their faces lifted and their stomachs flattened. They paid a lot of money to Madame Olympia, who would put a little bit of magic into the creams and ointments that she used so that at first they did look marvelous. But it was the kind of magic that wore off very quickly, leaving the women even uglier than before so that they would rush back to her and pay her more money and the whole thing would start again.” 5 likes
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