The White Witch of Spiton and the Stones of Destiny


The third in the White Witch of Spiton Series sees a young witch transported back in time to 1066.  That’s about as far as it gets for the historical aspect of this wonderful fantasy—for as much as we would all love to believe the Disney side of things, Harold couldn’t have lived in the fantastically turreted castles mentioned.  Putting that aside, however, we do have here a wonderful young adult fantasy book.

Take a pinch of Harry Potter, add a touch of The Sword in the Stone, together with a generous helping of British wheel pagan goddesses and you have the recipe for an adventurous story aimed very squarely at girls.

Bearing in mind this is the third book in the series and I haven’t read the others, I didn’t feel at too much at a loss for not being aware of the other installments, so this is a good stand-alone book.  One small area where I think I may have missed out on information was in relation to the character of Grimble. It can only be assumed that his story was fleshed out more in previous volumes.

It is extremely clear that the author enjoys writing these stories; the love she bears her characters overflows on the pages and engages the reader, captivating them to read to the end.  I’m sure the White Witch of Spiton series will continue and flourish.

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