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A Nomadic Witch

(A Modern Witch #4)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  5,338 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Spring brings a traveler to Nova Scotia - a tiny babe who will turn Marcus's life upside down and reincarnate the horrifying events of his past.

Can Marcus find his way through the pain to love and healing? And can the witching community finally learn to keep their astral travelers safe?

A Nomadic Witch is book four of the top-rated A Modern Witch series. Light contemporary
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Fireweed Publishing
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: supernatural, reread
Every time I start a new book in Geary's Modern Witch series, I think to myself, "I just can't do it." It just feels like it's all a bit too much. Too "twee." Too bizarre. I mean, there is "net magic" i.e. internet magic where people can actually travel into virtual reality games. Not "virtually" travel into the game. But REALLY travel. Into the VIRTUAL world. Bits of code are enhanced with spells. And you can spell anything--I mean anything. And you can "port" yourself anywhere by use of your I ...more
Angela Holtz
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

If you've followed me for any length of time you know I'm going to gush here. It's a paranormal tale that is so sweet. It just radiates a warm and cozy feeling.

There are some really technical parts to these novels, the witches do not shy away from technology. But Debora has the story so centered on the people, that the technology and magic they use are background to the love, patience and understanding as a person moves toward healing.

We've seen Marcus before, and he is
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Modern Witch Series is unique in the various magics developed and described. I have read numerous books in this genre and none of them are quite like this one. I have to admit that some of the more technical aspects of Realm coding and Net Magic were a bit over my head, but it didn't, in any way, detract from my enjoyment of these books.

I especially like the way that each book builds on the last, expanding and growing with the characters, even as new characters get added. It is almost as if

Take a happy community of witches, one bitterly miserable old curmudgeon, an online role playing game and then add astral traveling babies. What you end up with is the perfect heartwarming fluffy holiday read, but be warned that to properly appreciate it you need to have read the rest of the series in order!
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
These are quirky stories about a group of witches who keep expanding because of the internet and I really love it. The characters are all strange in one way or another or they have some type quirk you can identify with. The characters are all down to earth types who just happen to have the ability to manipulate the elements.

Marcus lost his brother to the mists over 40 years ago, he was a traveler and never returned to his body, he got lost. Marcus has never forgiven himself for not being able t
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Question: Take a grumpy bachelor and a sweet little baby girl and what do you get? Answer: A Nomadic Witch by Debora Geary.

Marcus Buchanan has been a recluse for a long time. He lost his brother over 40 years ago to the mists. Evan was a traveler, but know one knew much about them at the time. He so young and Marcus was devastated that he couldn't save him. In fact, not many people know about astral travelers, but the witching community is about to discover some really important finds. Evan, how
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Each of us is connected, one to the other - a great web of souls." And thus states the entire theme of this wonderful fourth book in Debora Geary's A Modern Witch series. Here, we finally learn more about Marcus, an older grumpy bachelor witch who prefers the safety of his cliffside fortress to the tight-knit community of Fisher's Cove, Nova Scotia. Since losing his brother Evan to the astral plane over forty years ago, Marcus has lived in a shell that keeps out the fearful mists that haunt him ...more
Joe Young
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining story about Nova Scotia based witches village with witches of every stripe from wee born babies to matronly great grandmothers with a couple of things in common, love for each other and nourishment and training for the newly hatched and developing witches and a tie to writing computer code and integrating it with magic making new spells and augmenting the old magic. This story features a grumpy old man (Marcus) who is wracked with guilt from an incident suffered as a five ye ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was an emotional journey. (I'll likely re-read it soon and may edit this review.)

In this book we feature Marcus, but he's not in isolation. Rather we have a community rallying around Marcus (even if it means ignoring him) to aid him in dealing with Morgan and his grief over Evan. The two are intertwined and cannot be separated. The author warned fans that tissues would be needed in reading this book and she wasn't wrong.

I loved how "net magic" means that the Berkley and Novia Scotia c
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story though found it very different from the stories in the series so far. This story is mainly focused on Marcus and his brother who astral projected into the mist, because of his brother he draws away from everyone. His brother decides to give him someone to draw him out into the community in the form of a baby girl. I loved reading about Marcus as he started to love the little girl that appeared on his doorstep. Then decides to become her knight and protect her as the mists co ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book 4 in the Modern Witch Series by Debora Geary and yet another heart warming and wrenching book of family, community, friendship and home and a good dose of magick to keep it fun. Have your tissues ready as this one is full of things to make you tear up...good and bad.
Sandra Kelso
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Between the author and the narrator, the story as so touching on places, I cried. Sometimes you have to open old wounds to heal them. The pain Marcus still feels for his lost twin is deep. Maybe a baby with lavender eyes can help with the healing.
Elizabeth Bridwell
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read, love the series!
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Modern Witch series, and as always, it did not disappoint. I was hooked after the first few pages, not to mention I was already tearing up within the very first chapter. Debora Geary has a wonderful ability to paint her characters and their emotions, thoughts, and actions so that you feel as though they're absolutely real- you can't help caring about about them.

The focus here is mainly based around the Nova Scotia witches, along with a good bit of Jamie and Nell. Y
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, kindle
3 star beginning... I actually put it down and left it for a month or so. Picked it up to finish because it was light and quick to read after that massive book about Victorian London.
Once I started again I ploughed through it, finishing with a slightly confusing but 5 star ending. Marcus is definitely my favourite (is it because I'm basically a grumpy hermit?)
this one was sad, really sad. I even thought about getting teary at one point. I wanted both a sad ending and a happy ending. I felt like
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book 4 in the Modern Witch series, A Nomadic Witch, is here! And in true Debora Geary fashion, it doesn't disappoint. With A Nomadic Witch we find our resident curmudgeon, Marcus Buchanan, the subject of a cryptic prediction delivered by a flashy, flamboyant, witch named Adele. The message Adele brings to Marcus is one of life and death and it turns Marcus' life - and the rest of the Witch Central community- into chaos.

A number of our favorite Berkeley residents make an appearance in the story,
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
It's been a while since I read a Modern Witch story, so I felt the introduction was particularly weak, trying to get up to speed again on half-remembered characters while thrown in to the plot. More than ever I think this book suffers from an overly large cast of nearly identical men, women, and superkids, rather than a few genuinely distinctive personalities; it's worst for Nat and Jamie, who actually had some personality before, but now sidelined and bland. Marcus could have been interesting, ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This is the fourth book in a wonderful paranormal series that takes me to my happy place when I read them. I would so love for this band of witches from Witch Central to be real and living in my neighbourhood. A caring and sharing, close-knit group of magical people who all laugh together; cry together and support each other however and whenever needed. Even when the person who needs all of those activities (laughter, tears and help) in his life is a grump; in fact the grumpiest of grumps. Marcu ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This continuation of the series is based in Nova Scotia; a beautiful seaside town with a friendly neighbourhood.

The plot is about Marcus, another one of the re-appearing characters in the series. In this story Marcus (a very grumpy man with an attitude to match) has to face the demons of his past and look after a beautiful baby girl (Morgan) who has been abandoned on his doorstep. Most of us would jump at the chance, but for Marcus it's like a horror story come true.

I was quite happy that we fin
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review: A Nomadic Witch by Debora Geary
5 STARS A Nomadic Witch is the fourth novel of series a Modern Witch series(plus thier is 3 books in spinoff that have a lot of the same characters) I have liked them all. They have great characters,great community and lots of love and fun all around a witch community. They don't have sex scenes,mindless violence, or swearwords. They do have a lot of knitting,magic and cookies solve a lot of the health problems. I have waited a few months for this book and
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
Debora Geary's books remain my favorite not-so-guilty pleasures, because how can it be wrong to want to immerse oneself in such a lovely, loving community of characters who care so darn much about each other? These books make me want to be a better person where the people I love are concerned: to say how much they matter, to show how much they matter, to offer "cookies, hugs and swords" as they're needed. To back up my words with action, and love wholeheartedly. Geary's witch-world replaces the ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book in this series. Humour and heartbreak combine to make this a book you want to finish quickly.

The witching community comes together again with the help of a Vegas call-in medium to save, protect and heal one of their own, and a surprise addition to the family.

Marcus was a grumpy solitary witch but who could blame him. For years he has felt guilty and responsible because his twin brother Evan (an astral traveller) left his body when they were children and couldn't find his wa
Shona Kaye
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I am enjoying these books more as the series goes on.

I love the Witch Central base formation over the course of the last four books. It really lends a Disney quality to the series. The characters are even more well rounded than in the beginning and it feels like I've come to know them.

Moira is the grandmother of all grandmothers; Nell is a fierce and fiery superwoman, and Devin - ahhh, Devin....... sigh...

Really, those three are my personal favourites, but every one of Geary's creations now re
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
These books continue to delight - they are primarily about a group of people who just happen to have a few extra powers. But the richness of these books is due to the community spirit that pervades through them. Debora Geary has managed to write a book that deals with falling in love but not with two adults but that emotional roller-coaster ride that is a new baby. How Marcus fell in love with Morgan was absolutely brilliant and brought a tear to my eye on more that one occasion. Actually I thin ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is volume 4 of Ms. Geary's Modern Witch series, and like the other 3 volumes, as well as her Witchlight Trilogy, was very touching and heart wrenching at times. "A Nomadic Witch" concentrates on curmudgeon witch Marcus, who self-isolated himself from most of the community for the past 40 years, as a result of the loss of his twin brother Evan to the mists when he was a child. Marcus is sent a mysterious message, as well as an unexpected package...a purple-eyed baby girl named Morgan, that h ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books, favorites
I wait for the next installment of the Witch world of Deborah Geary with anticipation and squeal with delight when one hits my inbox. This episode focuses on the community in Nova Scotia, and is as excellent as all the rest.

This time, curmudgeonly Marcus is landed with a baby and very much reluctantly keeps the little girl and eventually his cold lonely heart begins to open up. The baby is a witch and keeps trying to travel to the mists of the astral planes. Apparently baby witches will do this
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, paranormal
The fourth installment of the Modern Witch series is a definite keeper. I borrowed it on Kindle Owner's Lending Library but liked it so much I bought it for keeps. Along with the rest of the series too.

Marcus, the grumpy reclusive Nova Scotia witch, has been grieving his lost twin for over 40 years. The twin brother had been an astral traveler and had died as a young child when he disappeared into the mists and never came back.

Now, another astral traveling baby enters his life by mysteriously ap
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this novel, installment 4, we learn much more about Marcus and the disappearance of Evan, AND we learn a lot of astral travel and how it stole away many a soul. It was a real exploration also of heart, the healing power of love, and how long grief and loss can wound someone's heart. I love the progression of Marcus from the Hidden Witch book until this one, and the way the author lets it unfold over time. The circles and travels in the astral realm are really something to read. Some really am ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I had a hard time connecting with this book. It was cute, and sweet, but maybe it has been a bit too long since I had read the previous one, but I felt a couple degrees disconnected from the characters in the story. I had sped-read through all the prior books one after the other. This one, I waited (im)patiently for it to come out.

Geary's strong suit is her ensemble cast. Unfortunately, it looks like it may become her weakness. As each book introduces new characters, each successive book then i
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. Unlike many fantasies, ms. Geary's books do not entail some sort of epic battle between good and evil. Rather, they tend to center on relationships. The various characters in her books tend to be very loving and supportive of each other. While they're probably all a little too nice for "real life" it's lovely to read a light series of fantasies in which the characters are kind, generous, and fiercely loyal to one another. In this latest book, Marcus, the almost legend ...more
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