The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers
Written by Lari Don
Part of the Kelpies Series
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In a nutshell: Magic riddles | Narrow escapes
Five very different characters enrol at Mrs Sharpe’s curse-lifting workshop, and it’s a life-or-death last chance for each of them. Their training is practical rather than classroom-based, a series of challenges to be met and riddles to be answered. Lari Don tells her story with pace and wit and the plotline fairly crackles with excitement. Like all really good fairy tales, reaching a happy ending depends as much on character and integrity as on strength or cunning and our cursed heroes become a real team, despite initial rivalries and resentments. Firmly based in traditional myth and legend but with a thoroughly contemporary feel this will keep young readers on the edge of their seats to the last page. ~ Andrea Reece
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.
- Beth de Lotbiniere - 'A magical book about strange curses, colourful characters and most importantly how great friends can work together. Out of 10, I'd give it 11!'
- Richie Upchurch - 'This is a magical adventure story about teamwork and friendship. I'd definitely recommend it to my friends and I'm looking forward to the second book in the series.'
- Rose Hopkins, age 10 - 'It shocks, it scares, it makes you gasp in horror and sadness.'
- Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A girl who turns into a hare when a dog barks, dark magic, curses and an adventure. What more could you want from a book?'
- Judith, age 10 - 'Without a doubt, this book was one of the best I have read in years. The writing involved had me in a trance of never-ending emotions and I was unable to release the book from my grasp.'
- Emily Golding, age 9 - 'I really enjoyed this book...The story was exciting, thrilling and breath-taking.'
The Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers by Lari Don
Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare -- which can make life quite dangerous...So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. She tumbles into a world of magical beings, all desperate to reverse their curses. But will the power that feeds on the curses prevent them from returning to their normal lives?
By the author of the bestselling Fabled Beasts Chronicles series, this is the dramatic first instalment in the brand new, long-awaited Spellchasers trilogy. The Beginner's Guide to Curses will be followed in spring 2017 by The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away (book 2) and The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat (book 3) in autumn 2017.
'This is a great book for those who enjoy a heart-racing and mythical story.'
'Absolutely brilliant. An exciting novel, extremely magical.'
'This feast of magic and fantasy will enthral. Friendship, mythical creatures and gripping adventure with plenty of twists will keep you hooked.'
'Very nicely entertaining tale about curses, and about unselfish behaviour. Or selfish behaviour, if you wish. I'm expecting more books, as there is plenty more magic to be sorted out.'
'The next big thing in children's books.'
'A magical book about strange curses, colourful characters and most importantly how great friends can work together.'
'It shocks, it scares, it makes you gasp in horror and sadness.'
'A girl who turns into a hare when a dog barks, dark magic, curses and an adventure. What more could you want from a book?'
'Without a doubt, this book was one of the best I have read in years. The writing involved had me in a trance of never-ending emotions and I was unable to release the book from my grasp.'
'The story was exciting, thrilling and breathtaking.'
'A rollicking introduction to a fantasy trilogy set in Scotland [...] A real treat.' --Kirkus Review 'This is a delightful book full of fantasy, humour and adventure. It is fast-paced and gripping, encouraging the reader to carry on to find out what happens next as all the best stories do. The characters are believable and you find yourself sympathising with them even if, at times, they can be selfish and annoying. Molly could almost come over as a bit of a goodie two shoes but she doesn't; she is a steadfast and loyal friend, the one who doesn't panic and has the sensible ideas. Although this is the first in a trilogy, it does not read like that so has a satisfying ending and I am looking forward to seeing how the story develops in the next book.'
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