Shadows of Winterspell

Shadows of Winterspell

Shadows of Winterspell
Amy Wilson

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9781529018967

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. A wintery magical adventure from the critically-acclaimed Amy Wilson, author of A Girl Called Owl.

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Shadows of Winterspell5/5

Shadows of Winterspell

Amy Wilson

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I am a huge fan of Amy Wilson's fantasy stories and they are passed eagerly from child to child in my library so I was thrilled to get my hands on a review copy of Shadows of Winterspell. This is another sparkling read and one that I shall be glad to recommend to fans of Abi Elphinstone, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Piers Torday.

Meet Stella. She lives with her ghost Nan, her magical imp Peg and her cat Teacake on the fringes of Winterspell Forest, safely cloaked in magical charms which protect her from the darker forces that roam the forest. Safe she may be, but Stella is lonely. She craves the company of other young people and this is what drives her to enroll secretly in the local school where she hopes her life will be improved with the addition of a healthy dollop of normality. Yet normality is not quite what she encounters there, and this is only the beginning of her adventures...

I particularly loved the way in which this story straddles two worlds: that of the mysterious fae creatures, contrasting with the everyday world of school, homework, lessons and friendships. These two worlds collide thrillingly in this story. The main characters of Stella and friends Zara and Yanny are skillfully drawn and I loved the character of Stella's Nan who has used up much of her dwindling energy to equip Stella with all the magical skills that she will need.

The descriptions of Winterspell forest transport the reader effectively to a frosty and forbidding world where dark powers are gaining ground. This is the perfect read for the longer, darker evenings as the seasons change and it looks sure to fly off the shelves in our library this autumn.

320 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Emily Marcuccilli, school librarian

Reviewed by: Emily Marcuccilli