Winner Of The 2018 Millennium Book Award
HENRY: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
by Karina Shawver
A cauldron of trouble is
brewing in Valloaria!
Sabrina and Lauren's tales entwine - linked by blood and magic. Sabrina, a newly fledged healer, is thrust out of her sheltered life at Mistress Florisah's healing school after the destruction of the witch-ancestor portraits. An anti-witchcraft militia is poised on Karthalon's borders threatening full scale genocide, unless Sabrina, the last of Lauren's bloodline, can destroy the Lodestone, and restore magic to Valloaria, but the Lodestone is buried deep within the heart of the Order's headquarters. Sabrina struggles to accept this suicide mission, and is distracted by her inappropriate affection for Micah, a prospect monk. Lauren's ghost haunts Sabrina's dreams as her diary reveals the tragic events behind Lauren's actions. With invasion imminent, Sabrina embarks on her quest armed only with a sliver of the Lodestone, and Lauren's diary but how can a lone girl prevail against an army?
Notably orbiting a deluge of pedestrian YA Fantasy Fiction, Lodestone is Book 1 in Witch-Hunt series by author Wendy Scott and it proves to be an intriguing foray in the realms of witchcraft. A delightful mix of romance, adventure and mystery, Scott ably manages to evade well-worn clichés to deliver a tale that is clever in concept and executed with understated flair. Her protagonists are deftly drawn, substantive and vibrant as she veers away from passive stereotypes, but it’s Lauren’s character that many readers will find most endearing. Her back story is told through journal entries and is wonderfully emotive whilst being the perfect device for shaping the direction of Sabrina’s life and her burgeoning romance with Micha.
With an original and endearing narrative that whips along at a splendid pace, Scott ably manifests the age old duel between good and evil as Sabrina sets about her fated quest. Teeming with inventiveness, amidst twist and turns that are refreshingly unpredictable, Scott has a natural flair that lends itself well to this popular genre. Sure to win her a host of enthusiastic followers, Lodestone certainly bodes well for future releases in the Witch-Hunt series and is highly recommended.
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Lodestone, Witch-Hunt Book 1
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