Rayne is a spell breather, like her Mother. They can breathe the words from a spell and bring it to life. It is what keeps their village, Penderin, safe and protected from the world outside its borders. However, Rayne is a reluctant student and hates that she must inherit her Mother’s role.
One day, the spell surrounding Penderin is broken and her Mother disappears. Rayne adds to the villages woes by attempting to cast a spell which only worsens the situation. She realizes she must leave the village to look for her Mother, and taking the spell book, she heads off with her friend,Tom. She enters the citadel and encounters a magical world ‘smelling of lavender and tea leaves’.
The writing in this book as well as the story itself, are beautiful, and this has all the trademark features of a fantasy story with a map, monsters, magic and the timeless battle between good and evil. The opening lines had me hooked – ‘The spell wouldn’t stay on the shelf. It bounced on the floor and rolled under the table’ Who could resist reading on?
The language is delightful, conjuring up a magical world and its surroundings perfectly. I loved this book and will definitely be recommending it to students at school when we return!