Rather than invest belief in abstruse metaphysical theory, Nick Hall has chosen here to build a system from an eclectic range of practical procedures culled from many cultures. Informing the whole treatise however is the chaoist meta-belief that belief structures reality. This is pragmatic magick at its best. Devise or discover a technique that seems worth investing belief in, and if you can validate it, include it in your grimoire, without worrying how or why it works. Many times in the course of reading this text I stopped to make a note of something that seemed worth trying out. That, I think, is the mark of a useful book. Unless the vast majority of the magicians work in complete isolation from their more public peers, then the ratio of civilians who merely collect magic books to actual working magicians may be estimated at ninety to one. This is a book for the one-percenters, although it may inspire the rest to actually pick up a wand for a change. All it takes is guts and imagination, not much specialist knowledge is required - Peter J.