Today I’d like to introduce you to the first in a brand new series of magical reads full of charm, pluck, and malevolent fae. If you’re looking for a new series for middle grader readers to get stuck into, look no more!
Cassie Morgan has run away. After seven years spent waiting for her mother to return, she flees her dreary boarding school and sets out to find her. But the world outside her school is full of hidden magic and children have been going missing.
With the help of a talking cat and a flying broom, Cassie escapes to the enchanted village of Hedgely. There she will begin her training in the practical skills of witchcraft with the Hedgewitch, who watches over the Hedge, the vast forest that marks the border between England and Faerie.
When I received a proof of this excellent new title, I had a feeling that Hedgewitch was going to be right up my street – and I wasn’t wrong! It has a very classic feel to it as the reader starts off the adventure by joining a rather unhappy Cassie at boarding school. Add in a mysteriously missing mother, a foreboding forest, and a whole host of mischievous magical creatures and you have pretty much my perfect childhood book!
Skye’s descriptions of Hedgley are so rich and detailed that I found myself imagining I were really there alongside the characters as they foraged for mushrooms in the woods and practised their spells. I particularly wished I were with the girls when they attended their weekly coven meetings – it reminded me very much of the Brownie meetings I used to go to but with better cake and much more magic.
This is the start of an entrancing series whose characters will quickly charm their way into the hearts of its readers, and encourage them to embrace the magic of the wild.
*Many thanks to Welbeck Flame for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*
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