The Witch’s Market by Mingmei Yip includes witches with lots of spells that are ready to cast. I wished this book had been a little more in step with reality. I normally love books on witches and witchcraft, but I just couldn't relate to the characters. I had a hard time with the book. The manner of speech just didn't fit the setting or the characters. While the main character Eileen is a witch, but she is also learning that Chinese magic along with Western witchcraft have a connection to each other, even though they are quite different. As Eileen finds out more about each craft, her witchcraft grows—especially her power of sight.
The Canary Islands is a land full of magic, especially for Eileen Chen, a Chinese American college teacher, who finds herself smack dab in the middle of a mystery when she decides to leave her teaching job to so some research on Shamanism and witchcraft, which is a gift that has been passed down from her ancestors. Eileen’s grandmother pushes her to use her gift of sight and live like a shaman but will Eileen use this gift wisely?
From the author of Secret of a Thousand Beauties and Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a beautifully written novel of self-discovery and intrigue.
Chinese-American assistant professor Eileen Chen specializes in folk religion at her San Francisco college. Though her grandmother made her living as a shamaness, Eileen publicly dismisses witchcraft as mere superstition. Yet privately, the subject intrigues her.
When a research project takes her to the Canary Islands—long rumored to be home to real witches—Eileen is struck by the lush beauty of Tenerife and its blend of Spanish and Moroccan culture. A stranger invites her to a local market where women sell amulets, charms, and love spells. Gradually Eileen immerses herself in her exotic surroundings, finding romance with a handsome young furniture maker. But as she learns more about the lives of these self-proclaimed witches, Eileen must choose how much trust to place in this new and seductive world, where love, greed, and vengeance can be as powerful, or as destructive, as any magic.