Two magical quests.
Three riddles will set her free.’
Last Halloween I had a special feature of a poem written by my daughter Emily (which you can read HERE ) and today Emily is back with her first ever Book Review.
Magical Masquerade is the recently published debut novel from Northern Ireland writer Claire Savage. I myself do not review children’s books but when I read the blurb on this one, I knew Emily would love it. A huge fan of magic and mystery, of fairies and other worlds, here was a book I just knew I would lose her to. Magical Masquerade is quite a big book at 400+ pages but as she has read all Harry Potter and is a lover of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy, I knew this would not be an issue with her….the homework didn’t get a look in though!!
Please do continue reading for a very honest review from one of the two very special young ladies in my life….
Summoned by the Pebble People to a world which mirrors her own, but is full of hidden magic, Felicity must use her wits to survive. Can she stop the mysterious smugglers causing mayhem in this darkling realm, and solve the Rhyming Riddler’s puzzles before she’s trapped here forever?
Befriended by Bob, a bookish brownie, and Hatchet, a kidnapped hobgoblin, Felicity soon finds herself lost in a shadowy kingdom cloaked in secrecy and enchantments.
Her most startling discovery, however, is yet to come …
Review ~ Emily Hearne Age 10 & 3/4
(the latest recruit to Swirl and Thread)
‘When she went to the beach one sparkling spring day, She picked up a pebble … and it whisked her away.’
‘When I first received this book in the post, I was extremely excited to discover what sort of mystical adventures would unfold.
After reading the first few pages, I knew it would be one of my favourites. I love how each page reveals something new and exciting.
This book, based in Northern Ireland, is about a young girl named Felicity Stone, who is whisked away to the fairy realm. With help from Bob the brownie, Hatchet the hobgoblin and many others, she must put an end to the ‘mysterious smugglers causing mayhem’ and releasing dark forces into the realm.
Much to her dismay, the only way to return to the human realm is by solving three riddles set for her by the Rhyming Riddler. These riddles lead her to dangerous encounters, including goblins, witches, the banshee and more.
I loved all the characters but if I had to choose one, I would pick Felicity as she is brave, clever and would never let you down. Without her, I very much doubt the fairy realm would have lasted much longer.
I really recommend reading this book as it is exciting and full of adventure.
I give this book a 5* rating.’
Purchase Link ~ Magical Masquerade
Claire Savage grew up deep in the countryside around Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, where she spent lots of time reading stories of magic and adventure. Like Felicity, she wanted to enjoy her own exciting escapades, so often went exploring with her brothers and sisters – and a fair few cats – in the surrounding fields and lanes.
Claire works as a copywriter and journalist by day, but by night can more usually be found conjuring up strange and unusual tales….
In July 2014 Claire was awarded a National Lottery grant from the Arts Council NI as part of their Support for Individual Artists Programme, helping her write a collection of short stories and poetry. She was also chosen as one of Lagan Online’s 12NOW (New Original Writers) for 2016/17.
Magical Masquerade is Claire’s first novel.
Twitter ~ @ClaireLSavage