Deep in the forest, magic is waiting . . .
Sparkling with frost and magic, Shadows of Winterspell will sweep you up in a world of friendship and magic, to uncover family secrets and find out who you really are.
Stella has been living behind the magic of the forest for most of her life. Lonely, she enrolls at the local school, and as she begins to make friends, she discovers that she is even more different than she thought. But as autumn turns to magical winter, Stella realizes that uncovering her own family secret is the only way to release the forest from the grip of a dark and old magic.
I do love the children’s fantasy genre. From being brought up to the tales of Narnia and Harry Potter, I’ve read many stories of magic and distant lands. The quality varies but yet being able to disappear into one of these magic worlds is the best cure for the stressed world we all live in.
Amy Wilson is getting a name for writing eloquent and dreamy books that resonate with young and old alike. This book is no different. Starting with a girl, Stella, who lives on the edge of Winterspell with an imp called Peg and a ghost granny, you immediately are whisked into this intriguing book. Stella has never been to school and now at twelve, she decides she wants to go. Her Gran and Peg don’t want her to, but her stubborn streak comes out and she goes off to school in the nearby town. Here she meets and makes friends with Yanny and Zara.
This book is great fun to read and yet a decent story. The magic isn’t full on, which is great as it adds to the suspense that builds up. Stella, the main protagonist, is a head strong girl who loves her family and is strong enough to stand up to them when she feels it’s the right time. She’s a great character who has compassion and anger in equal measure flowing through her veins.
The story has great pace and the excellent writing by Amy Wilson shines through. This is a high class children’s book and a great model for any adult wanting to write fantasy for the age. Description is right on point, without going to long wordy paragraphs that adult fantasy goes.
This should be on the shortlist of any book awards list in the next year. Highly recommended to all young people. A refreshing book that stand out from the crowd.
This ARC book was sent for a fair and honest review by the author via NetGallery . The resulting review is my honest thoughts after reading the book.