I was really excited to receive a pre-release copy of the ‘Witch Wars’ by Spark Press and NetGalley and I really want to share with you my thoughts about the book.
Abigail’s second year at the Tarkana Academy has been an all-out disaster. She is just unwittingly helped Vertulious, an ancient he-witch and powerful alchemist, destroy Odin’s Stone and restore his powers, and now all of Orkney is caught up in the threat of war as the witches prepare to destroy the helpless Orkadians. Determined to set things right, Abigail and Hugo set off for Jotunheim, the land of the giants, to find a weapon to restore the balance. All they have to do is track down the God of Thunder and convince Thor to turn his hammer over to them.
When their former- friend-now-foe Robert Barconian arrives with a band of dwarves, intent on stopping them, Abigail and friends must unite to prevent a war that will destroy them all. But has Abigail made the biggest mistake of all by trusting in the wrong ally?
This book is full of magic, fantasy and mythology which I personally enjoy. This story is perfect for children 8–12 years’ old. ‘Witch Wars’ Is the 3rd book of the ‘Witches of Orkney’ series. The first book is ‘The Blue Witch’ and the second book of the series is ‘The Rubicus Prophecy’. I will definitely advise people to read the first two books to be able to understand the story and its world.
The language is suitable for older children however the mythological creatures and terms might be a bit confusing.
While reading a book I always try to find strong characters on it and this book didn’t disappoint in that respect. Abigail has a strong personality and her friendship with Hugo was well written and beautifully developed. The story is also well paced and described and definitely not short of adventures and spells.
The world the story is set in contains a lot of different fantasy creatures from various mythologies such as witches, Norse gods, mermaids and more which make this book full of magic and excitement although the hodgepodge of competing mythologies and fantasy races did make it slightly unwieldy and a little confusing at times.
This book was overall very enjoyable to read and very well written, however I feel like there are parts of the book that could have been improved especially with a little more originality in world building rather that filling it with characters that children may or may not be familiar with. The story ends on a cliffhanger and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.
4 of 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
‘Witch Wars’ will release on the 10/13/20 and you can find the whole series on Amazon and Blackwell’s ☺️
Alane Adams is an author, professor and literacy advocate. She has a strong passion for literacy and this book is full of magic and reminds me of Harry Potter.
She has been fascinated by mythology which she loves and loves characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. She is the author of ‘The Legends of Orkney’, ‘The coal Thief’, ‘The egg Thief’, ‘The Santa Thief’ and ‘The circus Thief’ which are picture books for early – grade readers.
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