Book Review: The Doomspell by Cliff McNish

The Doomspell is the first book in The Doomspell Trilogy by Cliff McNish.

Rachel and her brother, Eric, have been having very strange dreams.  Then one morning, things take a bizarre turn when a monster breaks into their cellar and takes them away to a very different world. A world of magic named Ithrea.

Ithrea is ruled by an evil witch called Dragwena. Her sole purpose seems to be to hurt and kill things and she spends her time taking children from Earth. But she is looking for something in particular, something she needs, something only a child from Earth possesses: a certain type of magic.

It quickly becomes apparent that Rachel has what Dragwena is looking for, but will she help the witch?  Will she hurt innocent people and children, including her own brother?  And more importantly, in a magical world where the witch controls the magic, can Dragwena be defeated?

The Doomspell is a vivid tale full of rich description that brings the places and people, not to mention, the creatures of Ithrea to life.  There is no question that it is a great fantasy story for children – they will love the strange, dark world that the author has created.  It is interesting and entertaining, and I would be interested to see where the story goes next.  The second book in the trilogy is The Scent of Magic.

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