A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family.
Can Kat find her magic in time? If you’re a witch living on a remote arctic island, and the entire island runs on magic, lacking magical skills is not just an inconvenience, it can be a matter of life and death – or, at least, a darn good reason to run away from home. Katrina’s spells don’t just fizzle; they backfire with spectacular results, oftentimes involving green goo. A failure as a witch, Kat decides to run away and find her dead father’s non-magical family. But before she can, she stumbles onto why her magic is out of whack: a curse from a Siberian shaman. The young witch, accompanied by her half-vampire brother, must travel to the Hall of the Mountain King and the farthest reaches of Siberia to regain her magic, dodging attacks by the shaman along the way.
©2013 Marva Dasef (P)2014 Marva Dasef
There is a great match here. The cover picture is the protagonist, and the voice in the audio version is the same voice I heard in my head when reading the story.
Kind of a toss-up between Kat and her brother, Rune, but I have to go with Kat. She's no super-hero, but she does what needs to be done. She's on a journey of discovery - unsure of her goal, unsure of her own abilities, not even sure of what she's trying to find, but determined to get there no matter what. Most importantly, she's not relying on anybody else to make it easy for her. Nice to see a YA adventure where the heroine isn't depending on some plot-twisting 'hot guy" to rescue her and make everything all better, and who's little brother isn't either an annoyance who needs to be repeatedly rescued or some sort of "out-of-left-field" solution to the problem. Rune loves his sister (admit it or not), he's a smart-ass and a real pain sometimes, but he's got her back. The two of them make a great team.
Like I said earlier, Ms. Baarns voice matches the voice I heard in my head when first I read the story. For me, that's as good as it gets.
Want to be a witch? it's gonna cost you!
I would love to read another Marva Dasef book! Bad Spellng was delightful--great combination of intriguing story, teen angst and vitality, mystery, and humorous situations.
Lisa Baarns did a great job of differentiuaiting characters. She had good voice moulation and seemed to really "be" her characters, especially Kat.
teen witchcraft--Harry Potter-like with fantastical characters.
Great first book! I'm really looking forward to more books.
Conda V. Douglas
I would definitely recommend this book to any of my friends who enjoy YA fantasy tales. This is a true charmer.
Rather than picking one particular character, I wanted to mention that Baarns does an excellent job of making the characters distinct and different in voice, without bumping me out of the story.I only gave four stars because at first her voice made it a little difficult for me to get into the story--for about five minutes. But after that it was really good, so it may just be me and the fact that I'd read the story a long time ago, so may have had a "voice in my head" to begin with.
I've read a couple of The Witches of Goldenheim books and look forward to listening to them as well. Fun stuff!
2nd or 3rd, maybe even 1st since it's the first in this series.
It's a tossup between Aunt Thordis and Mordita. Conversations between the elder witches are great listening.
I'm writing this review to comment on the narrative style.
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