Wednesday 21 September 2022

Into Gobyln Wood by Anna Kemp Book Review

 Do you believe in fairies?

Whether you're a believer or not, get yourself read to enter the Goblyn Wood where you might just change your mind.


Fairies are real, but their power is waning . . . Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and discover the magic of Goblyn Wood, with the first book in a major new fantasy series for fans of Nevermoor and Podkin One-Ear!

Are you ready to enter Goblyn Wood . . . ?

Hazel has always known she was different, but she doesn’t know where she came from. When her best friend Pete is kidnapped by strange creatures, she must gather her courage and enter Goblyn Wood, a forest inhabited by fairies. But their magic is being drained away, and Hazel soon realises that her own power is the key to saving both Pete and her new friends. Embarking on an epic journey of discovery, can Hazel restore the balance of the fairy realm?

This is the debut fiction novel from Anna Kemp and let me tell you, you are in for a treat.

Kemp has created a fantastic new fantasy world.

Filled with magic and wonder we are introduced to an array of shall we say interesting characters. Who knew that there was a hierarchy of the fairies to contend with.

The story begins with Hazel and her only friend, Pete, who both have dreams of escaping Ditchmoor the quite frankly horrific orphanage where they currently reside. However when it looks like those dreams might just come true, Pete is kidnapped and Hazel finds herself in some questionable company.

Just who is friend and who might be an enemy? That is the ultimate question.

What an adventure.

Prepare to be transported to this new land that is both mystical and remarkable.

Hazel is a talented protagonist (even if that talent isn't fully recognised yet) and what she is about to achieve at such a young age is astonishing.

Along with a brave and creative supporting cast, this is a girl on a mission and whilst she is challenged both mentally and physically, we get to see a real strength of character. Something to to truly inspire younger readers.

With plenty of twists and turns, this is an explosive start to what I think will be an utterly charming new series.

A special mention to illustrator David Wyatt, the images within the novel really helped bring the story to life!

This is a tale that shows courageous and kindness, both admirable traits. 

And I think I can safely say that once you enter the Goblyn Woods, you won't want to leave.

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