The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
Published July 25th, 2017 by Chicken House
Genres Middle Grade, Fantasy
Arianwyn has flunked her witch’s assessment: She’s doomed. Declared an apprentice and sent to the town of Lull in disgrace, she may never become a real witch– much to the glee of her arch-rival, Gimma. But remote Lull is not as boring as it seems. Strange things are sighted in the woods, a dangerous infestation of hex creeps throughout the town, and a mysterious magical visitor arrives with his eye on her. With every spirit banished, creature helped, and spell cast, Arianwyn starts to get the hang of being a witch–even if she’s only an apprentice. But the worst still lies ahead. For a sinister darkness has begun to haunt her spells, and there may be much more at stake than just her pride . . . for Arianwyn and the entire land.
I will admit I am not a huge fan of middle grade books but I did enjoy this one. The book does start off a bit slow but then moves along at a steady pace during the rest of the book. I wasn’t immediately a fan of the main character, Arianwyn but became a bit more interested in her as the story moved along. Further into the book you see that she is not only a great friends, but she is also kind and brave. I really enjoyed the author’s writing and world building. The descriptions of the locations in the book are great and lay out quite the magical world filled with witches, fae and other magical creatures. The book is middle grade but does touch on some important topic such as friendship and bullying. Overall this was a well written middle grade fantasy and I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.