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The Demon Lover

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A novel that describes the working of an occult lodge.
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Weiser Books (first published December 12th 1972)
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Nickolas the Kid
Αρκετά περίεργο βιβλίο... Συνάντησα ένα από τα πιο ιδιαίτερα ζευγάρια στην παγκόσμια λογοτεχνία... Βερόνικα και Λούκας!
Η σχέση αυτού του ζευγαριού ειναι κάτι παραπάνω απο μια ερωτική σχέση... Περνάει μέσα από μαγικές ατραπούς, από προηγούμενες ζωές και από συμπαντικές διαστάσεις... Τι είναι όμως πραγματικά αυτό που την κάνει τόσο ιδιαίτερη;;;
Η συγγραφέα παράλληλα με την ερωτική ιστορία προσπαθεί να βάλει τον αναγνώστη στον κόσμο του μυστικισμού και της μαγείας με έναν πολυ γοητευτικό τρόπο γραφή
K.J. Charles
Occult novel with a profoundly weird romance. The premise is that they're twinned souls but due to past life shenanigans it's all gone horribly wrong, leaving him with no heart and her with no brains. So he's basically a callous shit and she's useless, and he's using her to try to spy on an occult lodge but he falls in love and I'm not going to spoil the plot because it's rare for me to read a book and have NO IDEA what's going to happen, but here we are.

It's all extremely WTF. As occult thrill
T.D. Whittle
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, dion-fortune
I am on a Dion Fortune binge. I discovered her through the books of Phil Rickman, an author whose books I read voraciously because I love his mix of the quotidian with the elusively terrifying.

Dion Fortune was a ceremonial magician and an Adept in Western mysticism. She genuinely believed all of the things she wrote about in her novels, or so I have read. Her biographer, Gareth Knight, says that she exaggerated some elements for effect, whilst downplaying others assuming they would seem unbelie
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dion Fortune writes very well, and, being very well-versed in occultism as well as psychology, created characters and story that are sound on both levels. If you're looking lots of action, this is not the book for you, as it's quite old-fashioned in tone. Fortune's novels all tend to focus on the importance of psychologically healthy relationships between men and women (he views were quite advanced for the era in which she originally wrote, the 1940s), using her occult knowledge both as a backgr ...more
Katharine Kerr
If you're interested in Dion Fortune's occult ideas, and how they developed over her career, this book is a 5 star must-read. If you're looking for an entertaining novel, it's a 1 star bore. Like many first novels, it's poorly structured and populated by Figures who Demonstrate the Author's Ideas, not by living characters. (view spoiler)Hence my 3 star compromise rating.

Mrs. Woodhouse
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-reads
"When young Veronica Mainwaring is hired by Justin Lucas as his secretary, she has no idea that she will soon find herself being used as his own personal trance medium. With an invisible collar keeping her bound to Lucas, her every attempt at escape is foiled by a yank on an unseen chain. Veronica soon finds herself trapped in Lucas' quest for power and knowledge beyond the earthly plane as a story of past lives, hidden evils, and a twisted love affair come to life in this occult thriller."

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Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ideally, I'd give this three-and-a-half stars because the characterization really fell apart in the final third of the book. Fortune ascribes mutually-incompatible motives to both of the principle characters, as if treating them as ciphers for her metaphysical concerns got in the way of fleshing them out as fictional agents. ...more
Steve Cran
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story opens up in the midst of a séance where in a psychic member of a Fraternity is placed under a hypnotic trance in order to help the group obtain secret occult knowledge. The secretary is the one leading the experiment. J. Lucas has been an outer court secretary for some time and he wants to climb in and take power by becoming a member of the inner court. Many in his fraternity do not trust him.

In his frustration Luca hires a young woman named Veronica from a pool of would be secretaries
Nicole Diamond
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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If it has five stars it was life changing
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult-fiction
Dion Fortune's fiction is always solid in its occult lore. Although her characters (especially the somewhat helpless but pure female character) are is a great book and has a lot of depth to it. ...more
Aaron Meyer
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
Like much of her other fiction it is a decent demonstration of her ideas in a fictional form.
Angela Pippinger
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weiser-books
So far so good, I am reviewing this book for Weiser Books.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Fairly unusual story about a man who is devoted to the dark ways of magic. He meets a woman who hasn't a good sense of her self and uses her, through psychic means, to pierce walls that are set up to protect, for good reason, very high sacred rituals. His selfish actions could prove to be the downfall of this woman, who he realizes he loves but it may be too late... ...more
Tyson Niblett
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Authentic occult wisdom concealed as a well written parable.

For all with the eyes to see, Dion Fortune's fiction contains the keys to the Temple not made by human hands. In this work the author continues the ancient tradition and literary form of the parable. Recommended for all who "seek to know in order to serve" .
Frater Xolotl
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning! I loved every minute of this novel. It was a horror novel, a romance tale, a feminist occult treatise, and above all else was gripping and fun. Fortune has become one of my favorite novelists and look forward to reading another one of her novels.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting fictional supernatural love story by Dion Fortune. It presents the impulse of nature (could be interpreted as nature per se referring to the natural world or to the human nature of the self depending how the concept is looked upon) to put back in track even the must darker and lonely wolf type of human being, by compelling it thru love to join back with the current of humanity, very touching work in its own way.
Chris Ostrowski
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
So many lines are blurred here. Slave and Master and who really controls whom. Is it better to do the right thing even if it's wrong? Wonderful book. ...more
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Violet Mary Firth Evans (better known as Dion Fortune), was a British occultist and author. Her pseudonym was inspired by her family motto "Deo, non fortuna" (Latin for "by God, not fate").

From 1919 she began writing a number of novels and short stories that explored various aspects of magic and mysticism, including The Demon Lover, The Winged Bull, The Goat-Foot God, and The Secrets of Dr. Tavern

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