Both purportedly possess magic so they were used as ingredients for magic potions and spells.
(Ugh! Drinking someone else's toenail juice - doesn't appeal to me).
Hair was considered a source of strength and magical power. During the middle ages suspected witches often had their hair shorn off as they believed this reduced their spelling power.
Some traditions kept a lock of a loved one's hair in a locket worn close to the heart.
A bracelet woven out of hair was reputed to keep your lover faithful.
Red hair was particularily associated with witches.
A potent love potion could contain pubic hair (double ugh!!).
Some cultures still practice burying their cut hair and nails.
Sabrina and Lauren's tales entwine - linked by blood and magic. Sabrina, a newly fledged healer, is thrust out of her sheltered life at Mistress Florisah's healing school after the destruction of the witch-ancestor portraits. An anti-witchcraft militia is poised on Karthalon's borders threatening full scale genocide, unless Sabrina, the last of Lauren's bloodline, can destroy the Lodestone, and restore magic to Valloaria, but the Lodestone is buried deep within the heart of the Order's headquarters. Sabrina struggles to accept this suicide mission, and is distracted by her inappropriate affection for Micah, a prospect monk. Lauren's ghost haunts Sabrina's dreams as her diary reveals the tragic events behind Lauren's actions. With invasion imminent, Sabrina embarks on her quest armed only with a sliver of the Lodestone, and Lauren's diary but how can a lone girl prevail against an army?
BOOK VIRAL REVIEW:
"Notably orbiting a deluge of pedestrian YA Fantasy Fiction, Lodestone is Book 1 in Witch-Hunt series by author Wendy Scott and it proves to be an intriguing foray in the realms of witchcraft. A delightful mix of romance, adventure and mystery, Scott ably manages to evade well-worn clichés to deliver a tale that is clever in concept and executed with understated flair. Her protagonists are deftly drawn, substantive and vibrant as she veers away from passive stereotypes, but it’s Lauren’s character that many readers will find most endearing. Her back story is told through journal entries and is wonderfully emotive whilst being the perfect device for shaping the direction of Sabrina’s life and her burgeoning romance with Michah.
With an original and endearing narrative that whips along at a splendid pace, Scott ably manifests the age old duel between good and evil as Sabrina sets about her fated quest. Teeming with inventiveness, amidst twist and turns that are refreshingly unpredictable, Scott has a natural flair that lends itself well to this popular genre. Sure to win her a host of enthusiastic followers, Lodestone certainly bodes well for future releases in the Witch-Hunt series and is highly recommended."
120+ reviews Amazon US 4.4*