Book Review: Bad Spelling (The Witches of Galdorheim Series) by Marva Dasefcategories: Book, Witches, Magic, Myth, Trolls, Giants, Shamans, Warlocks, Vampires, YA Fantasy, Teen Fantasy, Werewolves, Adventure, Fantasy Quest
Marva Dasefabout this book: Kat can't catch a break. Her mother, brother, and aunt are super witches, but Kat can screw up the simplest spell. Her poor familiar, Teddy the Bunny, puts up with being turned into a half-frog, half-rabbit pile of green goo among other indignities. Every spell just goes wrong, wrong, wrong.
Everyone knows she's got the power, but assume she isn't trying hard enough to master the principles involved in witchcraft. The fault might just be her dead father. A Siberian fisherman, he didn't have a lick of magic, but her mother loved him anyway. Now that dad is buried in a ice cave, Kat decides to find her father's family. Maybe they'd take her since she sure doesn't belong on an arctic island run on magic.
Her super warlock, half vampire brother Rune decides she can't get along without his magic, so the two of them set out across the frozen Barents Sea to Norway, then by troll train to Siberia where her father's family lives.
Along the way, Kat makes some unusal friends, figures out how to use her magic and falls for a changeling troll. Beauty is, as everyone knows, only skin deep.
• "I think this would be a fun read for any age, and a good 'hook' book for a middle grade reader." — Conda V. Douglas
• "She skillfully plays with familiar themes and myths, but weaves them into an intriguing and original story." — Edith Parzefall
• "There is also a larger narrative in the book which is intolerance." — Vixenne Victorienne "Kymberlyn Reed"
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These delightful books can be read again and again
by author Heather HavenI know, because I have been reading them again and again. I don't as a rule enjoy fantasy or young people's stories, but whatever Marva Dasef does to tickle my fancy, she is doing it. I love the characters, the plot line, the dialogue, and the feel-good feeling I get afterwards. The first book, Bad Spelling, sets the reader up for what's to follow, so start with this one. Then just keep on going.
I have said it before and I will say it again, this series is simply delightful.
Video: Bad Spelling - Book 1 of Witches of Galdorheim
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