Chris Colfer completely blew me away with his novel, A Tale of Magic, and he did not fail to amaze me with its sequel, A Tale of Witchcraft!
A Tale of Witchcraft picks up perfectly a year after Brystal Evergreen (now popularly known as Fairy Godmother) overcame the Snow Queen, saved her school, and legalized magic.
When Brystal and the Fairy Council are called to save a kingdom’s beloved dam, and to receive an award for all the good they’ve done, Brystal begins hearing negative voices in her mind, but realizes those are her own thoughts. These horrific thoughts convince her that nothing is as perfect as it seems. In fact, everything she’s built up and achieved is in jeopardy.
After a magic-involved accident, Lucy Goose (That’s GOO-SAY!) is suspended from the Fairy Council, and Brystal becomes overwhelmed by her magical duties. To worsen her dilemma, Mistress Mara, a witch who is head of her own school of witchcraft, arrives at the academy, attempting to recruit some of Brystal’s students. This costs Brystal a student and a friend as Pip, a dear mate of Brystals, joins the witch’s school.
After a near-death attack at her brother’s wedding, Brystal gets away from her academy to search for some answers. And one particular fairy is just as eager to find her own answers. A heart-breaking feud dampens their friendship, and Lucy strays away and joins Mistress Mara’s school.
Not only is this school a threat, but an ancient clan, a detrimental curse, and death itself is out to get Brystal. She must overcome her own fear, she must win the battle against evil, and most of all, against herself.
This was a novel I absolutely could NOT put down! Although this is considered a middle-grade book, A Tale of Witchcraft is actually a pretty morbid fantasy novel, as it dabbles in dark rituals, includes a cruel, evil woman who is the daughter of Death himself, and nearly brings the main character to a horrible, terrifying death. This novel is full of twists, eerie characters, and, believe it or not, wholesome humor!
What do I like about this book?
I love the fact that most of the story follows Lucy. She is my favorite character, and although she is the morally-gray supporting character in the story, she proves to be the most courageous of all!
I really admire the darkness of A Tale of Witchcraft. I would say it was border-line horror to be honest.
The journeys of both Brystal and Lucy are spine-chilling and suspenseful, it’s almost impossible to stop turning the pages!
What do I not like about this book?
Honestly, the only negative feedback I have to offer is that I wish Lucy’s time at the school of witchcraft was longer, and that I could have read more about Lucy’s experience as a witch. Besides that, I really can’t complain!
I rate A Tale of Witchcraft with five stars, and I must say that Chris Colfer has once again outdone himself! I do not care if this is meant to be a kids’ book, it was an AWESOME read!