Abigail’s second year at the Tarkana Academy has been an all-out disaster. She’s just unwittingly helped Vertulious, an ancient he-witch and powerful alchemist, destroy Odin’s Stone and restore his powers, and now all of Orkney is caught up in the threat of war as the witches prepare to destroy the helpless Orkadians. Determined to set things right, Abigail and Hugo set off for Jotunheim, the land of the giants, to find a weapon to restore the balance. All they have to do is track down the God of Thunder and convince Thor to turn his hammer over to them.
When their former-friend-now-foe Robert Barconian arrives with a band of dwarves, intent on stopping them, Abigail and friends must unite to prevent a war that will destroy them all. But has Abigail made the biggest mistake of all by trusting in the wrong ally?
WITCH WARS is the third installment in the Witches of Orkney series. Previous books include THE BLUE WITCH and THE RUBICUS PROPHECY.
All three are a prequel to Red Sun: Legends of Orkney where Abigail’s son is the featured character.
In WITCH WARS former friends are now enemies. Abigail is a good witch who wants to stop the war. The journey to visit Thor is a dangerous one with plenty of action and terror (thankfully the scenes with the scary sand snakes didn’t last long—one bite and you’re dead!). The 30 chapters will leave you wanting more, especially given the ending in this one. It hints at more trouble.
The question always becomes do you dare jump into a book 3 when you have no knowledge of what occurred before or after? You’ll probably be fine, although a little confused at times keeping straight the connections each of the other characters has with Abigail.
At just 200 pages, this is a nice length when many MG fantasies approach 400 pages. Perfect for fantasy lovers and anyone else who likes a fast paced story with a large dose of magic and mystery.
BOOK BIRTHDAY: October 13, 2020
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT WITCH WARS by Alane Adams
- It’s impossible not to like the science loving Hugo. He’s Abigail’s trusted companion, and even when he doesn’t understand her actions he’s always at Abigail’s side.
- The well done cover art extends to the illustrations inside. They always add to the danger and mystery that lie ahead.
- World building is a tough task to take on for writers, but Alane Adams does it with ease. You’ll feel right in the middle of each scene.
- Chapters almost always end with a warning of trouble. It’s a sure fire way to keep readers turning the pages. This includes the epilogue where the setup for more conflict is revealed.
- A flight on the winged Omera beast or to create balls of fire in your hand are just a few of the fantasies that will have young readers enthralled.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alane Adams is the author of award-winning titles that include the Legends of Orkney™ Norse mythology series for middle grade readers, the Witches of Orkney prequel series, and a series of historical picture books set in the 1920s including The Coal Thief. Alane’s newest Greek mythology series, The Legends of Olympus debuted Spring 2020 with The Eye of Zeus. Alane Adams and her books have been featured on BBC, Fox, the CW, Parade, Bustle, Today, People, and many more! When Alane is not writing or talking to kids in schools about Reading Is A Superpower, she’s out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with her three boys in Southern California. For more information, visit https://alaneadams.com or follow Alane on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @AlaneAdamsBooks.
About Rise Up Foundation
Rise Up Foundation strives to improve the lives of children and families living in poverty and difficult circumstances, as well as teachers and educators of young children. Rise Up supports literacy projects as a path toward improving the future prospects of children in underserved communities by making book donations, providing classroom support, and grant-making. In addition to literacy efforts, Rise Up works with organizations committed to defining and solving the problems that chronic poverty brings to children and their communities.
In just the last two years, Rise Up has partnered with organizations such as First Book, Donors Choose, Teach Your Heart Out, and Reading is Fundamental to provide nearly $500,000 in funding, classroom supplies, and donated books, with an additional $170,000 in grants awarded to individual teachers. To date, Alane Adams and Rise Up Foundation has:
- visited 300+ schools so far,
- donated over 42,500 books,
- reached over 100,000 kids in her efforts to create real and lasting change for children, schools, and families in need.
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This sounds like an interesting series. And the books are shorter than most fantasies, which is good for some middle graders. Good to know you don’t have to start with book 1.
Interesting series. I am keeping a list of fantasy graphic novels in case I ever get readers who ask for them. Estranged and Nimona sit on my shelves, passed over for the more realistic stories of Telgemeier and Jamieson.
Sounds like a thrilling series, well-suited for October book adventures. And perhaps a great book to tie-in with some fun Halloween chemistry experiments.
This sounds like such a good fantasy series for this month. I love well-paced stories with tension and cliffhangers that keep me reading, when I try to stop. And, I like authors who are good at world building. Thanks for sharing!
This kind of fantasy isn’t my cup of tea, but it sounds like some interesting characters in some interesting situations. Plenty of kids will like this one.
This sounds like a great series! I always get sucked in to chapters that don’t have a happy ending, since I generally don’t stop a book in the middle of a chapter. (Actually, maybe I always do that. I honestly have no idea.) I love books with great world building! Thanks for the great review!
The covers of this whole series have a nice old-fashioned feel to them that will appeal to fantasy fans. Hugo sounds like a great character! I love kids who are into science. And it’s nice that it isn’t 400 pages. 🙂
I’ve just started reading MG fantasies again, and love the myriad ways the characters get into trouble. And the cool flying creatures. I guess I have another series to put on my list.