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.
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 and white cockapoo called Bonnie. The Apprentice Witch is his children’s debut. You can visit him at @jamesenicol.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun fairy tale.
“Fear is with us all at sometime or another. It’s nothing to be ashamed of...” Ariawyn Gribble wants more than anything to become a qualified Witch and serve as both her late mother and her Grandmother Stronelli, proprietor of a bookstore in her hometown. However, her public evaluation is a bit of a disaster, forcing the Council to label her an Apprentice Witch and sending her a tiny town to get used to working as a Witch. The town of Lull welcomes her. They’d been without for so long they’d accept anyone. Ariawyn slowly gets settled and begins her duties. No one knows her here. She has a chance at a new start. Then she turns around to find her school rival is the Mayor’s niece who has come to stay with him for a while “for a rest”. Airiawyn finds that things aren’t as they seem with Gimma, and the situations she gets involved in take way more than this Apprentice can handle, or can she? Told in the voice of a typical young person, James Nicol has written a coming of age story to rival almost any fantasy writer. Ariawyn is a well written intelligent young woman understanding that what it means to grow up is to take responsibility for your actions. Nicol presents that dilemma we all face in a wonderful story.
The CWA (Civil Witchcraft Authority) is conducting evaluations of apprentice witches to see whom amongst them will be awarded a shining silver star signifying their status as full-fledged witches. Arianwyn Gribble has sneaked out of the apartment she shares with her Grandmother to report for her evaluation. Things don’t go quite as she hoped, and when she is given a bronze moon brooch instead of the silver star, she is just devastated. Her country is in desperate need of witches though, and so Arianwyn Gribble, Apprentice Witch, soon finds herself posted to the town of Lull. Lull lies in the southernmost part of the country, right at the edge of the Great Wood. A delightful fantasy story for middle grade readers that transports you to a whole other world. The plot moves along at a nice pace and there are plenty of interesting characters to capture the imagination. There is no lack of action either. The main protagonist is well developed and an outstanding character. She’s quick thinking, brave, kind-hearted and a true and loyal friend. This would also make a great read aloud book for parents or teachers. There are a lot of topics for discussion like bullying, lying and friendship. Young readers will definitely be hooked by this magical tale.