that would guide her on this path. As she embarks on her journey, she rediscovers her gift through the teachings of awise man and a tarot card reader who is herself a witch. Thiswoman teaches her to dance to the hidden music of the worldand connect with her soul through her own voyage of discovery.Coelho’s books allow the reader to slow down, introspectand find answers to questions like who we are and what ourplace in the world is. With Brida, the author seems to have hita rough patch. The storyline is a bit sketchy. However, Coelhofans would recognize that Brida takes forward the “witch” orfree, joyful and intuitive woman” theme that he hadintroduced with his earlier novel “The Witch of Portobello”.In all, it’s a hit or miss book -- a hit with regular Coelhoreaders and perhaps a miss with first time Coelho readers.Brida is the story of a search of learning by a young girlwho is seemingly naïve, but she is neither naïve nor lackingin intellect, since she has had a few incarnations, in whichshe knew a lot about being a witch. Brida is a beautiful,ambitious, and successful person, and she has a verysupportive boyfriend, Lorenz. The story takes place in Irelandduring 1983 and 1984. The story opens with Brida telling Magus that she wantsto learn magic. What Brida doesn't know at that moment isthat she is Magus's soul mate. This she will find out towardthe end of the book together with who she is and what thedeeper meaning in her life is, by getting transported to aparallel universe and through other supernatural experiences.