By Author / Illustrator
Dominique Valente, Sarah Warburton, Sarah Warburton
For the very first time, magical children like Willow are allowed to go to school alongside their non-magical neighbours. But Willow is suspicious. She knows the Brothers of Wol are up to no good, so why are they changing the rules all of a sudden?
On her first day, Willow meets an elf girl named Twist, and soon they are embarking on Willow's most urgent mission yet: to protect the children of Starfell, uncover the mystery of a long-lost kingdom - and prevent the very source of magic from getting into the wrong hands . . .
When magical children are allowed to attend school for the first time, Willow is suspicious. Strange things have been happening, a priceless scroll has been stolen and'The Grimoire Gazette' has been dismissing or ridiculing the urgent letters Willow has been writing. At school, she meets Twist Howling, an elf, and Peg and together with Oswin (ever present in the hairy green carpetbag), they all escape on a magical adventure to find a kingdom which vanished thousands of years before.
Dominique Valente has done it again with another wonderfully enchanting adventure for Willow Moss. Stunning world building and delightful characters combine with skilful storytelling as Willow's stories get better and better.
Vivid descriptions bring both locations and characters magically to life, with the new faces encountered in these pages as captivating as those well established. Twist Howling is every bit as wonderful as her name implies, introducing the reader to the Elven world, the lost kingdom of Llandunia and the truth of their history, dismissed by many as myth. Peg also proves himself to be a loyal friend whilst Oswin continues to steal every scene, imparting some surprising - and very useful - wisdom along the way.
Threads from all the books are woven seamlessly together in this latest adventure. The ending is satisfying, but perfect for leading into the next adventure which I hope will be with us before too long. Once again, the book is beautifully illustrated inside and out by Sarah Warburton whose pictures add so much to the enjoyment of the story.
288 pages / Ages 8+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+