Book: Spellweaver (The Spellweaver Chronicles) by C.J. Bridgemancategories: Book, Paranormal, Young Adult, Teen, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Fantasy
C.J. Bridgemanabout this book: Fantasy. It takes us beyond the boundaries of reality and thrusts us into the world of what could be. It allows us to dream, to hope and to imagine.
It was my imagination that inspired me to write. It felt like I had too many great ideas to keep them to myself, and though I tried many times to put them on paper, it's only now, with age and experience, that I've managed to formulate something that I think others will enjoy.
Spellweaver is inspired by the many realms of fantasy I have experienced growing up. When I was 12 I became hooked by Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and loved stealing my brother's Discworld (Terry Pratchett) books when he wasn't looking. But books aren't the only place where you can become completely absorbed by wonderful characters, imaginative worlds and thrilling storylines; I've always been a Trekkie and I was one of many who cried at that moment at the end of Final Fantasy VII. You know the one. At the end of the first disc.
And then there's 'high' fantasy. I went to see the first Lord of the Rings film SEVEN times when it came out; I'm the proud owner of all three extended editions (and I've even watched all the special features). I replayed Neverwinter Nights the other day and am eagerly awaiting Dragon Age: Inquisition. Spellweaver is my attempt at bringing these things, these sword and sorcery elements into the realm of the urban fantasy, to combine them with my love for things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter - and I think I've done a good job!
Spellweaver is the first story of fourteen-year-old Felicity Lucas. It begins at her mother's funeral. Felicity hasn't cried one tear since the death of her mother; she has never felt as though she's ever known her, so crying seems a little silly. After the funeral, Felicity must go to live in a deprived borough of London with her estranged father and get used to going to a new school. She soon becomes entangled with the mysterious world of magic when she discovers a book of spells and is attacked by a fire-weilding boy. Not only that, but it starts to become clear that her mother had many, many secrets. Dangerous ones.
The book is as much a coming-of-age tale as it is a fantasy story. Amidst the magic spells and the talk of other worlds, Felicity must come to terms with her mother's death, learn the meaning of friendship and try, somehow, to access the emotions that she has long since buried. All of the novels in the Spellweaver Chronicles will deal with ordinary, every day issues amongst the fantasy elements as Felicity and her friends face supernatural enemies as well as their own personal demons and issues - isolation, insecurity, romance, rivalry, bullying. I want to tell human stories as well as superhuman ones.
If you enjoyed Harry Potter, the Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Beautiful Creatures or The Hunger Games, then you might just enjoy the Spellweaver Chronicles, too.
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