2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Thursday, 12 June 2014

GUEST REVIEW: The Witch of Salt and Storm - Kendall Kulper

Thursday, 12 June 2014
PAGES: 384
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother - the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic - steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe's power. The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches' help to thrive. Avery has never read a dream that hasn't come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.

The Witch of Salt and Storm is all about Avery Roe, a girl descended from a long line of Witches. Due to her mother’s reluctance to take on the position, she is set to become the witch of Prince Island after her Grandmother dies. But first Avery has to unlock her powers which is no easy task as her mother is intent upon keeping her away from magic (and her Grandmother) so Avery has no way to learn about her magic!

It was really interesting to follow Avery’s journey through the book. Avery has the ability to interpret dreams and she is never wrong. When Avery foresees her death she realises her fate is inevitable and that her future can’t be changed (or can it? ;) )

As a fan of historical literature, I enjoyed the setting of this book and it was a big change from the normal books I read centred around modern teenagers or warped dystopian futures!

So this book already has the interesting elements of magic. secrecy, a historical setting and complicated family dynamics but it really gets interesting when love is added to the mix! Avery meets Tane (a tattooed harpoon boy) and you can probably guess what happens between them. I don’t come across many YA books without love triangles any more and I was happy to see that there wasn’t one in this book (as they often infuriate me!)

This book made me see witches in a new way (rather than as old green-skinned women leaning over cauldrons or British school girls from Hogwarts) and it shows the pain and sacrifice involved in being a witch!

Overall I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to fans of fantasy and historical books!

- Priya.

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