About the Book:
Her birth fulfills an ancient prophecy. She is destined to inherit the wand of the High Priestess and save her people by reuniting the separated halves of The Book of Shadow and Light.
But in a land filled with magick, Flynn is forced to live her life as a Watcher—born into magick, but unable to wield it.
As the threat from the Shadow Coven of Southeil grows, Flynn must pretend—with the help of her best friend, Hazel—that she actually has magick. Hazel would do anything for Flynn, but the game they are playing may cost them their lives…
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An Average Curse, An Above-Average Tale
Flynn can’t do magic, which has to suck when you live on a magically-hidden island where virtually everyone does magic of some sort. It especially sucks if you’re the subject of a big ol’ prophecy that says you’ll save the day with your magic, and your mom happens to be the head magical honcho in the village.
Luckily for Flynn, her best friend, Hazel, is pretty awesome at magic and likes to help her best bud out. Together with the help of an old witch out in the woods, they manage to get Flynn into training to use the magic she doesn’t actually have. Or does she? Weird things are happening to and around Flynn, and she might be far more powerful than she thinks.
An Average Curse is a short but fun tale of two young women having an adventure, being best friends, and maybe saving their entire society from a coven of evil witches bent on destroying them. It’s a quick, well-paced read, a lovely coming-of-age story, and a nice set-up for future stories set in this world. It’d be great for Middle Grade or Young Adult readers, though older readers might find the story and characterization a little too slight.
The biggest issues with the story are some confusing descriptions. At times, it’s unclear who is performing an action or what, exactly, is happening. Greater clarification would’ve done a lot to make the read smoother and more satisfying. However, it’s a nit-picky complaint, as the story is charming and the characters avoid most of the clichés of teenage characters in this type of fiction.
As the “Volume 1” appended to the end of the title suggests, this is but the first in a series of stories, and the first tale has piqued my interest enough that I’d like to see what happens next.