Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she’s found out why. She’s just stumbled across her late mother’s diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations… a witch’s notebook.
And Faye has inherited her mother’s abilities.
Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum’s words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected.
Mark Stay co-wrote the screenplay for Robot Overlords which became a movie with Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, and premiered at the 58th London Film Festival. He is co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast and has worked in bookselling and publishing for over twenty-five years. He lives in Kent, England, with his family and a trio of retired chickens. He blogs and humblebrags over at markstaywrites.com.
This was a great fun read, I really enjoyed it. Faye was a relatable protagonist, of course she wanted to know more about her mum, and I imagine it would get frustrating when everyone else doesn’t seem to be able to see the things you can.
Woodville is that very traditional English village, familiar from so many novels (I kept expecting Miss Marple to appear having dropped by from SOE – blatantly where she spent her war, after hearing about some strange things) and a certain Kinks’ song.
But where there are quaint villages, there are witches and magic and odd goings on. As English as tea and scones. And I love it.
I do now need more about Vera Fivetrees, she’s very intriguing.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.