By: Skye McKenna
Genre: YFH - Fantasy & magical realism
Published by: Welbeck
Published: 12 Apr 2022
ISBN: 9781801300087


First in a magical five-book series for readers of Nevermoor, The Worst Witch and The Dark Is Rising.

It has been seven years since Cassie Morgan last saw her mother. Left at a dreary boarding school, she spends her days hiding from the school bully and reading forbidden story books about the world of Faerie.

Certain that her mother is still alive, Cassie is determined to find her, whatever the dangers, and runs away from school. Lost and alone, she is chased by a pack of goblins but, to her surprise, escapes with the help of a flying broom and a talking cat named Montague, who takes her to the cosy village of Hedgely.

Here she discovers that she comes from a family of witches, women who protect Britain from the denizens of Faerie, who are all too real and far more frightening than her story books suggest.

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This is the first book in a new five-part magical book series.

Cassie was left in a dreary boarding school by her mother seven years ago. At boarding school she is bullied and tries to be invisible, escaping into books.

Deciding she needs to try and find her mother, Cassie escapes boarding school and discovers that the key that her Mother gave her can open anything. Soon a magical cat whisks her away to the quaint town of Hedgely, where Aunt Miranda is the Hedgewitch - the witch in charge.

Cassie is soon in training to become a witch, but her constant attempts to find her mother keep getting her into trouble.

But with the help of her friends Rue and Tabitha, and her emerging powers, she always manages to escape serious trouble!

Filled with magic, goblins, faeries and all things witches, this series will be loved by readers aged 9 - 14 years.

Reviewed by Rob