Written by Gill Arbuthnott
Part of the Kelpies Series
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A brilliant, engrossing pre-teen fantasy from the author of Winterbringers and The Keeper’s Daughter set in Scotland. Callie Hall has just discovered she's a witch and nothing will ever be the same again. Can Callie control her power and the darkness that threatens to take over her life....and save her friend Josh?
A Piece of Passion from Commissioning Editor for Kelpies, Eleanor Collins:
Dark Spell is Gill Arbuthnott at her brilliant, page-turning best. Callie and Josh feel like people you know, even though they are dealing with something extraordinary – something spine-shiveringly chilling. I got thrillingly scared sometimes when reading the manuscript for the book. There’s a moment when Callie is woken from deep sleep by her cat hissing at the dense darkness under her desk… I can’t say more.
Dark Spell by Gill Arbuthnott
15-year-old Callie Hall has just found out she's a witch, and things keep going wrong. Sometimes her mind seems to make things happen, things she can't control. She can set fire to things without a match, and when she's angry people can get hurt. Josh understands she's a bit weird, but its only on a dark and dangerous visit to the tunnels under the ruins of St Andrews' Castle that he realises just how strange she really is. Something comes back with Callie - in Callie, something she can't escape.
'Usually I don't get excited about setting, but this book was set in Scotland near St. Andrews, an unusual place for a YA novel. It was refreshing to read about a locale I've never really heard of besides the golf. All told, a solid 4 stars.'
'Dark Spell is a story about a young girl coming to terms with her new abilities, abilities that make her unique and different from those around her... Making Dark Spell a coming of age story with a paranormal/witchy twist.'
'The characterisation is excellent, and I particularly like the way Callie is shown struggling to get to terms with her powers which read almost as hormonal energy. It is as though teenage frustration or anger flares up inside her and the energy breaks out through her fingertips. This is elegant writing as it reads as an extension of bodily stress that we have all felt at one time or another and it functions as a connection between the supernatural and a reality we can recognise. This is a pacey, thoughtful, scary, exhilarating read and highly recommended.'
About the Author
Interest Age: From 11
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Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books
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