I ordered this book on a whim, thinking nothing new would be revealed but completely unable to pass up the chance of owning a hardcover of a grimoire that is very special to me. The Verum has always been my personal favorite and my very first evocation was with a demon from this grimoire. My previous copy of the book was a simple paperback by Joseph H. Peterson and while quite nice it did leave a lot to be desired. Still a useful book and one I do not regret owning as it was an improvement on previous editions; but it does leave you feeling rather empty.
Enter Jake Stratton-Kent and his take on this most wonderful of black magick tomes. To be honest the cover of the book is what caused my hesitation with this purchase. In the picture it is a goofy green looking cover with a red skull stamped in and just did not look right. Just not a big fan of green I suppose. However, upon receiving my copy I was actually beyond pleased with the cover. Holding it in your hands you can instantly feel the quality. It is a very thick hardcover and the green cloth is not only pleasing to look at but feels great. The red skull that has been stamped onto the book sets the tone for all that is to follow and gives a sense of the power you now hold in your hands. On the spine, and stamped in the same manner as the skull on the cover, are the words The Trve Grimoire.
Reading through this book is a real treat. In the first section JSK covers the history, the books relation to other grimoires (most notably The Grand Grimoire which will be mentioned throughout) and discusses the sigils; clearing up much of the confusion there. You will learn a great deal in this first part alone. Then we come to the grimoire itself. The first section which deals with the entities is presented and the sigils are clear, crisp and are in the correct places. No more guess work at all. We then move on to the spells and rituals of the grimoire and finally in the third section the instructions for the operations. Last but not least we are given the Cabala of the Green Butterfly.
After finishing all this up there is still a great deal more left. Have questions about something you read? JSK spends the rest of the book breaking everything down from the beginning to end. The entities are discussed and the roots of their names given when possible. A few magical squares are presented, planetary hours and days are discussed. The importance of Scirlin is stressed and explained nicely. A lengthy essay on Astaroth is presented which was a very informative and enjoyable read. The book finishes off with comparisons of the ponto riscados to the original Verum sigils.
All in all, this is a wonderful purchase. I feel it is the greatest edition of this tome ever to be in print and worth every penny spent for it. It is authored by a practicing magician for practicing magicians and in this you are not disappointed or left wanting.
This is the original link to the review: http://realmovkaos.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/the-trve-grimoire/
The True Grimoire can be found on the Scarlet Imprint site here