I absolutely loved the first instalment of this series, Hedgewitch, so was delighted to receive a special goodie box from the lovely people at Welbeck Books to help celebrate the publication of Cassie’s next adventure – Woodwitch.
‘Cassie has settled into life in Hedgely when, out of the blue, her troubled cousin, Sebastian, comes to stay for Hallowe’en. Sneering and scornful, Sebastian trails after Cassie and her friends, interfering with their coven projects and belittling the dangers of the faery world.
But Cassie, Rue and Tabitha have bigger problems – as the nights grow longer, a dark shadow creeps out of the Hedge and villagers start behaving strangely, possessed with the desire to find a mysterious object.
When the Hedgewitch is called away, the girls decide to investigate and discover that whoever is controlling the villagers is seeking a faery relic: an ancient and dangerous weapon, hidden somewhere in the village. Their magical training will be put to the test as they venture deeper into the Hedge and race to find the faery treasure before it falls into the hands of the Erl King.’
Hedgewitch was one of my favourite reads of last year so the arrival of Woodwitch was heralded with much plumping of cushions and making of tea as I got ready to head back to Hedgely and catch up with the members of Ash Patrol.
Things take a darker turn in this volume as the Erl King deploys ever more devious methods to reopen pathways from the fae kingdom to England. Cassie and her friends must have their wits about them if they are to avoid being tricked, particularly as Cassie is desperate to explore any course of action which might lead her to her missing mother.
Throughout this book, Cassie learns several lessons about patience and in beginning to understand that people’s motivations may be caused by emotions other than those which first appear obvious. She also continues to show a greater acceptance and understanding of other magical folk than some of those around her.
This is another wonderful read from Skye McKenna. I would recommend this for anyone aged 9+
Fans might also enjoy:
‘The Apprentice Witch’ series by James Nicol (for an enchanting magical world)
‘The Chime Seekers’ by Ross Montgomery (for more dark fae)
*Many thanks to Welbeck Kids for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*
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