A Witch Come True by James Nicol

The Blurb…

The war is over and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs, but her troubles are far from over.

Her day-to-day work as Lull’s witch is tricky enough: winter has set in, bringing bad weather, ice imps and befuddling Yule traditions. But when Arianwyn’s grandmother is abducted by the traitor on the Council, our witch faces her greatest challenge yet. What really makes a witch come true? Our lovable heroine is about to find out …

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Cover and internal illustrations by Daniela Terrazzini

The Review…

It is always with a mix of emotions that I embark on the final book of a series; excitement at what is to come, and sadness knowing that with the turn of the last page my journey with characters I have come to love will be over. A Witch Come True was no different, and with a big pot of tea at my side, I settled down to enjoy the last instalment of Arianwyn’s journey.

Arianwyn is back in Kingsport following news arriving about her father. While there, she is approached by Mrs Alverston as Gimma has gone missing. Only as she is leaving to return to Lull does she learn that Gimma has been found and is being watched at home by the Council of Elders. Stranger still is the train journey home, but all of that is forgotten when she discovers how big her role in the Yule traditions of Lull are.

When dark magic surrounds Lull, steals away with someone she loves, and threatens the town she now calls home, Wyn must choose between her duty to Lull and her heart. Can she uncover the secrets of the quiet glyphs in time to face her greatest challenge yet?

A true celebration of friendship, family, love and determination, a great big warming hug of a read that will leave you glowing with possibility, and the perfect end to a wonderful series.

James has created a fantasy world that feels eerily real, despite the snotling and nethering infestations. I adored watching the townsfolk prepare for the Yule festivities, with all the excitement (and anxiety) with which I prepare for Christmas. As ever, the magical creatures, whether kind or cruel, are utterly believable, and while the frost phoenix is majestical, my heart still belongs to Bob, the moon hare.

The dark, foreboding menace creeping through the plot is turned up further, as we see darker, more dangerous creatures threaten Wyn’s world. The cruelty displayed by and towards certain characters left me colder than the snow storm that engulfs Lull.

Wyn, Salle and Colin have grown so much since The Apprentice Witch, each lacking confidence and self-belief at the start of their journey. It is their unwavering support and love for each other that sees them coming into their own as A Witch Come True concludes. I wish them all a future that is less fraught and full of danger.

Fancy a peek at the first chapter? Head over the Chicken House Books.

About The Author…

James Nicol has loved books and stories his whole life. As a child he spent hours absorbed in novels, watching epic 1980s cartoons or adventuring in the wood at the bottom of the garden. He lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens with his partner and a black cockapoo called Bonnie. James is also really rather good at wrapping presents.

Huge thanks to James and Jazz for asking me to take part in the A Witch Come True Blog Tour. Do make sure you check out my After School Book Club blog takeover with An Interview With James Nicol, and be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

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