‘Witches of Hylund,’ the poster declared, ‘Your country needs you! Join up TODAY!’
Arianwyn stared up at the elegant woman gazing proudly from the poster. The woman’s hair was golden and flowing, her lips bright red. She wore the dark navy uniform and the silver star of a fully trained witch. Arianwyn glanced down at her coat and the space that her own star would soon occupy.
Far-off bells sounded the hour, cutting through the noise of busy morning traffic rushing past, horns screaming out across the bustling street. She would be late if she stood daydreaming much longer.
Grabbing her bag, she skipped between the crush of passers-by through tall wrought-iron gates, following the signs for Registration.
About the book
Arianwyn has fluffed her witch’s assessment.
Awarded the dull bronze disc of an apprentice – to the glee of her arch-rival, mean girl Gimma – she’s sent to protect the remote, dreary town of Lull. But her new life is far from boring. Turns out Gimma is the pompous mayor’s favourite niece – and worse, she opens a magical rift in the nearby forest. As Arianwyn struggles with her spells, a mysterious darkness begins to haunt her – and it’s soon clear there’s much more than her pride at stake …
An enchanting read, perfect for fans of Diana Wynne Jones or The Worst Witch.
Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song
“The Apprentice Witch is entirely more charming, adventurous, and full of heart than a book has any right to be. Make no mistake: there's magic afoot.”
Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society
“Delightful, witty and vivid.”
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink & Stars
“A really lovely children’s book.”
Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart
“Full of adventure and excitement, but with real warmth and cosiness.”
Katherine Woodfine, author of the Sinclair's Mysteries series
“A charming tale of magic, bravery, and friendship, reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones.”
“Nicol’s debut offers a fresh take on the genre … Infused with mystery, adventure and bundles of charm.”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“It delivers mystery and action in a whirlwind of cinematic, magical adventure which is all fuelled by adrenaline, friendship and bravery. Finally, it all climaxes in a brilliant and vivid ending.”
Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
“Impossible to put down.”
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NaNoWriMo Nov Day 11: James Nicol
Happy Friday! As a start-of-the-weekend treat the lovely James Nicol, author of The Apprentice Witch, has only gone and shared his writing advice – perfect for those hoping to do a NaNoWriMo sprint this weekend!
So, summer is officially here! (*Looks out of window to grey skies and drizzle*) Ok, so the weather may not be great, but that can be a good thing – more time to curl up in a reading nook with one of our two fabulous – and very different – July books.
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