This book is a new witch's catch all. Silver Ravenwolf's writing style is easy to read and she cover's every topic under the sun (and moon...). This is a big book, and you are going to need to spread reading it out over several sessions (558 pages plus notes). Solitary Witch covers everything you need, from alchemy to divination. It is great for everyone from the beginner looking to learn about the basics, to the pro, looking for correspondences to increase the intention of their ceremony. Solitary Witch is not as formal as Raymond Buckland's books, and as you read it you can tell that it is written in a style to appeal to a younger audience, but it gives good information on everything it covers. If you want to learn everything right away, I would first tell you that patience is an important part of the craft. After you ignored my advice, I would recommend this book.