Witches of Orkney middle grade reader fantasy series by Alane Adams. Due out 13th Oct 2020, it's 208 pages (print version) and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.
This is a fun fantasy series for middle grade readers. There are a lot of Norse mythology tie-ins, magical schools for readers pining for Hogwarts, lots of ineffectual (really dimwitted) adults running around trying to destroy the world (and each other in the process), and smart kids who have to keep saving the day. This is the third book in the series, and as such, it works better for having been read in the proper order. The author is adept enough at writing backstory into the narrative that it's not absolutely necessary, but I do recommend not trying to read this as a standalone.
I like Abigail who is loyal and brave and tries hard to do the right thing even when plans go terribly awry. This time she and her friend Hugo are trying to avert catastrophe by stopping a war before it can get started. The story is full of action and thunders to an exciting battleground climax. The whole is a short and entertaining read and a nice addition to the series. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for Abigail and co.
Four stars. There's no graphic violence, bad language, or adult content. This book (and the other books in the series) are full of magic, magical creatures, and themes of friendship, loyalty, bravery, and good over evil.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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