Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol - Book Review

Series: The Apprentice Witch #1

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

My Rating: ★★★☆

Synopsis: Arianwyn has flunked her witch's assessment: She's doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch-- much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma. But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch--even if she's only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.

My Thoughts: As someone who loves middle-grade adventure stories, I was wildly excited when I received The Apprentice Witch in the mail. Not only is this a middle-grade novel about magic, it also involves some of my favorite tropes to read (boarding schools and the "chosen one" main character). I do have to say that this book started of a little slow, but quickly developed into something great. The writing and the atmosphere were whimsical and descriptive... really allowing you to jump right into the world that James Nicol created. One of my favorite aspects about this book was Arianwyn's character. She was such a fun protagonist to follow and I loved watching as she learned to develop her skills and ultimately becomes the heroine that everyone wanted to root for. I also really liked Gimma's character. She sort of struck me as the Draco Malfoy to Arianwyn's Harry Potter. This is a dynamic that never seems to get old, so it brought a nice added bit of conflict to the story. 

Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading The Apprentice Witch. I know that middle-grade can be hit or miss with people because the intended age range of the writing is actually much younger than someone like myself, but I think that this book can be one that a wide variety of people could enjoy. If you enjoy books such as the Harry Potter series or the Land of Stories series, then The Apprentice Witch is the book for you! 

FTC Disclaimer: "I received this book from Chicken House Books for this review."

1 comment:

  1. thank you for sharing synopsis.It help us to know about the book.Keep it and go ahead.
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