Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: "The Apprentice Witch," by James Nicol

About the book:
Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch -- much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma.

But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her.

With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch -- even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride ... for Arianwyn and the entire land.

My thoughts:
Like the Harry Potter books, The Apprentice Witch resides in the children's section of my library, but it's just as enjoyable for adults as it is for children. This story centers around Arianwyn, a young witch who fails her final witch exam and is sent to a remote village to prove herself worthy of being a full-fledged witch. There, she encounters all kinds of magical creatures that she must defeat in order to protect the townspeople. As she conquers each challenge, she slowly gains confidence in her abilities and realizes that she is much more powerful than she thinks. Filled with fascinating creatures and characters with personality-plus, this is an enjoyable read for all ages.

About the author:
James Nicol has loved books and stories his whole life. As a child, he spent hours absorbed in novels, watching epic 1980s cartoons, or adventuring in the woods at the bottom of the garden. He lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens in England with his partner and a black-and-white cockapoo named Bonnie.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I borrowed this book from the library.

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