by C.L. Williams
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 28th 2020
Shh! Can you keep a secret?
In wild medieval Britain thirteen-year-old Wynn Hoppringle has a big secret of the smallest kind. She has discovered a miniature village hidden close to her family home of Smailholm Tower. When tales of merciless border raiders reach the small folk, they realise they are in danger and must seek a cure to their strange predicament. Can Wynn help her tiny friends or will the scheming King quog have other ideas? Heroes it seems come in all sizes.
“A spellbinding tale of adventure, magic and friendship”
V.F.Sharp, author of The Forest of Arrows
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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
A lovely fantasy of a curse, friendship, and magical adventures. Along with captivating characters that adds a perfect place to anyone’s bookshelf.
A enchanting medieval tale comes to life with beautiful imagery. Set in wild medieval Britain, thirteen year old Anne-Wynn Hopringle, the second of 3 daughters with the first name Anne is a wonderfully fleshed out three demetional protagonist.
Wynn Hoppringle, guards an incredible secret. She has found a tiny village is concealed under the brambles beside her family home of Smailholm Tower.
This perfectly paced middle grade ya fantasy happens to be on the boarder of Britain and Scotland. Richly atmospheric details come to life within these lovely pages.
Anne-Wynn Hopringle, the second of 3 daughters with the first name Anne,A lovely tale of friendship with unlikely well developed captivating heroes. I was completely immersed in this creative fantasy. The author prose flows seamlessly, and the lush atmospheric magical imagery catapults you into these stunning pages.
An easy to follow plot line that has two meticulously woven stories, that comes together perfectly at the end. I absolutely loved the chapters of Deablin.
This spellbinding book that held my attention all the way through, and I am patiently waiting to read the next from this very talented author.
As you can tell, I highly recommend this incredible book to my family and friends!
Thanks to #CLWilliams, and #Matador for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Let me tell you a story…
Two years ago, almost to the day, my dad died. It wasn’t a particularly unusual death or the least bit unexpected. Having experienced the death of my mum 15 years earlier, it was just another part of the relentless crawl of time, another deafening tick on the clock of life. After all, the older we get the more that changes. It is, at its very simplest form, just a mathematical equation. The science of time. To the uninitiated into the mind of Claire Lesley Williams, this could be a mighty depressing introduction to how I began writing a novel. I write fantasy so perhaps you’ll indulge me in a bit of darkness. And, also let me explain. With every one of those ticks comes a gift. The gift my dad’s death gave me is Smailholm. Smailholm isn’t about him, but he’s a part of it; his life indelibly inked on the black letters of white page.
Sometimes it takes a breath snatching change to make you do something different. Hell, in your mid 40s you need a push. And so, losing my Dad was my push to start writing the book I’d always wanted to write but never quite believed I could. Two years later, those black letters on a white page represent my tick on the clock of life. It’s been the privilege of my life to create it and share it with you all. I hope you love its fun, adventurous spirit, dusted with magic. It very much represents me – from the battlements of the Scottish Tower I stood upon, looking over a forbidden moor, hoping the wild wind would blast away my grief. To the ingenious mining quogs of Rubers Law that represent my childhood growing up in the industrial Potteries. And finally, to the miniature village of Smailholm itself, the comforting echo from my past. Those perfectly formed villages, yet in miniature that dot the seaside towns of Britain hoping to pull in the odd punter for a pound.
So, kneel down, peer into those little windows and wonder. What do you see? Is it a crackling fire and pint of frothy ale? Or a tiny woman singing a song about baking buns? Or even a fearless girl with a bow and arrow?
Come in. Smailholm is waiting.
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