Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Author: Angela Myron
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Published: June 2013
I was lucky enough to receive an ecopy of this from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for this, an honest review….
A fantastic fantasy story for that difficult 8 – 12 years old age group that can also be enjoyed by older readers, too. This story involves a young girl, Ennara, who knows she is someone special as she was born with a caul and has the mark denoting her potential magical ability tattooed on her wrist. He aunt has been teaching her magical theory, but Ennara has never had chance to use her abilities until now . . .
The author creates a world which is believable and young readers will easily relate to Ennara and the other characters, their feelings, anxieties, excitement and fears. Ennara has kept her tattoo hidden from others for most of her life because her family know how others would react to finding out her special abilities. Attacks on her, her home village and country by the mysterious shadowy demons necessitate Ennara embarking on a journey to retrieve a magical sword with the master magician Tork, who is a family friend. The adventures start in the very first chapter and continue throughout the book. Her first experiment at using magic is hilarious! It is a lively paced, well written and a thoroughly enjoyable read that I have no hesitation in recommending! I believe children who are starting to read books with chapters in them will really enjoy this – it will certainly appeal to anyone who enjoys magical stories, young Merlin style adventures and contains some brilliant characters – like Smoos (a fantastic marine cat), a variety of monsters (I’ll never look at a puddle of water in the same way again), dark magic and a heroine who is just learning how to perform magic as well as a worrying prophecy she has just learnt about! whilst the book comes to an appropriate ending, it also has strong links to the next book in the series – I want to read that, too, soon!
I really hope I’ve wetted your appetite to want to read this book – or to get it for someone else to read! If so, you should be able to get it from your local bookseller, and we all know they continue to need our support. If, however, you cannot obtain a copy there, other possible suppliers include Amazon and Barnes and Noble.