Recommending Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

This is one of those books I wish had been published when I was eleven years old, along with Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching stories. Like Pratchett’s series, it teaches a young girl how to be a skilled, ethical, smart, responsible witch, or, in Kimbriel’s terminology, a practitioner. The heroine, Alfreda, is an admirable person in every way, courageous and wise beyond her years (age eleven), confronting as a matter of course the challenges and catastrophes of pioneer life in the Michigan Territories. Alfreda (“Allie”) is a perennially-pertinent mentor to young girls with complicated lives who need to learn to trust their gut regarding what the old Victorian occultists called Right Response in dicey situations.

Since the book wasn’t published until thirty years after I really needed it, I’ve had to make do with loving it in my adulthood.

You should read this. If you love it as much as I do, you will rejoice to know there are (to date) two more volumes in the series.

For $1,055.02, you can get a copy of the original paperback. Or, this week, for just 99 cents, you can get an ebook version here, at Book View Café.



Recommending Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel — 3 Comments

  1. I loved all three of the Alfreda books, and I hope ms.Kimbriel will write more about Alfreda’s world someday. It feels like there could be plenty more to explore, and I’d love to read more.

  2. I still have my original paperback alas falling apart from much comfort reading or I’d be somewhat tempted by that price! I do of course also have the ebooks. And hope for more. And hope for audio editions – The reader who did Patricia Wrede’s Far west trilogy might be good.

  3. I adore these, I’d pre-order the further adventures of Alfreda in a heartbeat! 🙂 I’ve wondered what’ll happen to her, as her horizons grow.