“Oh, jinxing-jiggery!” What an absolutely bewitching read this was.
Despite failing her evaluation to become a fully-fledged witch, Arianwyn Gribble, is sent to Lull, which hasn’t had a resident witch for many years, to continue her apprenticeship. She is soon taking on the role of town protector, making charms and banishing dark creatures, although everything doesn’t always go according to plan: don’t mention the snotlings!
Just as Arianwyn is beginning to fit in, her life is turned upside down by the arrival of someone from her past, which causes all sorts of difficulties, and danger, for Arianwyn and the inhabitants of Lull.
This wonderfully-imagined world has a fascinating collection of creatures: terrifying, awesome, endearing, pesky. The story is full of fast-paced action and build-up of tension, which kept me turning page after page … until I got to the end … and was left with that warm sigh of contentment I get from finishing a genuinely good book. I’m so glad there are two more in this series for me to enjoy: A Witch Alone and A Witch Come True.
Where do I begin with Arianwyn? She is such an amazing character, and one of my new favourites in middle-grade fantasy. Despite being full of self-doubt, she is kind-hearted and determined to try her best, not only thinking of others before herself, but always being prepared to see the best in everyone. Her courage and strength of character shine through, despite her fear and doubt, so that she is able to control her demons in the town’s greatest moment of need.
I can’t wait to introduce this fantastic book to my class, who I know will adore Arianwyn as much as I do.