Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Spell Sisters: Grace the Sea Sister by Amber Castle (Children's, 7 years +)

5th July 2012, Simon and Schuster
156 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: King Arthur legend, very evil enemy, ladies in training, exquisite clothes and jewellry, girls doing archery, growing out of something precious and having to use a new one, understanding times change & a longed for date will come quickly when there's something else to focus on,animal cruelty, tree climbing, sailing, saving others, moderate peril, lots of laughs

Summary from Simon & Schuster
When eleven-year-old Gwen ventures into the forest beyond her castle home she comes across the magical island of Avalon and her life changes forever. The lady of the lake, Nineve, asks Gwen to embark on a quest to protect the enchanted island of Avalon from the evil sorceress Morgana Le Fay.
Morgana has imprisoned the eight Spell Sisters of Avalon throughout the kingdom and stolen their magical powers. It's up to Gwen, her best friend Flora and a very special horse named Moonlight to find the sisters and return them to Avalon before its magic is lost forever.
In their fifth adventure Gwen and Flora face stormy seas and dangerous cliff-climbs to save Grace the Sea Sister from Morgana's spell.

Nayuleska's thoughts
I'm not sure why but I preferred this book to the previous ones. Gwen & Flora have quite an adventure, with Gwen skilled as an archer. She has to learn a difficult lesson, and the outcome makes me have high hopes for a certain character.

I adored Gwen's younger sister, Eleanor. I thought she'd be stuck at home with her parents, but I first met her while she was bombarding a cruel boy with apples. I kept giggling at the apples whizzing through the air on different parts of the page in the illustrations. The illustrations add that extra dimension to the story - and for this 10/10 book in particular as there are free stickers! They can be used with scenes on the interactive Spell Sisters website.
Suggested read
Be sure to start at the beginning of the series with Spell Sisters: Sophia The Flame Sister

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