The Wild West Witches
by Michael Molloy
This is the third tale in a series featuring up-and-coming "Light Witch"
Abby Clover and her best friend Spike.
This time, Abby's Dark Witch nemesis, Wolfbane, has hatched another evil
scheme to destroy all the Light Witches-starting with Abby and her
friends-and take over the world. To give you an idea, without giving
away too much, it involves a new and more powerful source of Black Dust
that is more powerfully evil than any weapon Wolfbane has wielded
before. In order to get this Black Dust, Wolfbane must get hold of a
powerful tool of pure goodness: the sword Excalibur. And to get
Excalibur, Wolfbane must hunt down Abby and her party, who have eluded
his grasp by going back in time to the Wild West.
Back, more precisely, to the troubled town of Silver Springs, Arizona,
in the year 1886. Back to a place where not all melodrama is played out
on the stage of the town's theatre. For Silver Springs has its own
villain, the appropriately named Bart Stoneheart. As if stealing land
and cattle, and enslaving a whole valley full of people to toil in his
silver mine isn't bad enough, Stoneheart also wants to meddle with the
ending of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
This is too much for Abby's friend and mentor, chief Light Witch and
thespian Sir Chadwick Street, who joins Abby and Spike in her adventure.
Also coming along are Sir Chadwick's wife and acting partner Hilda, the
ancient mariner called Captain Starlight, and a magician known as the
Great Mandini. But even the safety of numbers does not seem to be
enough, when Wolfbane and his evil parents are at large and incognito,
and the whole party has only a wandful of Ice Dust with which to fight
back against their evil scheme.
To those of you who haven't read The Witch Trade and The Time Witches,
none of what I have just said will make any sense. But take my word for
it, this is an enjoyable tale set in a unique world of magic. And coming
from a British point of view, it is particularly interesting for me to
see my own home state adorned with majesty and magic and wide-eyed
wonder (and yes, the climate really is as described in the book). Real
history, imaginative fantasy, humor, action, anagram spells, campy
villains, and arty types who unexpectedly prove to be dashing heroes,
add up to make this a book Harry Potter fans will enjoy.
Recommended Age: 12+
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