Saturday, March 3, 2012

Book review: Spell Sisters: Sophia the Flame Sister by Amber Castle

Spell Sisters: Sophia the Flame Sister (Published by Simon & Schuster UK, March 1, 2012)

This is the first book in a series set in a fantasy version of Medieval England that imagines what the adventures of young Guinevere might have been like. In this series, Guinevere is living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Flora, where she is to learn how to be a young lady. Flora is Gwen's age and more ladylike and less adventerous than Gwen is, but the two girls are still best friends.

While exploring in the woods, the two girls meet Nineve, the Lady of the Lake. She tells them it is Gwen's destiny to save Avalon. The evil sorceress Morgana Le Fay has imprisoned the eight sisters whose magic helps keep Avalon alive. If they are not freed soon, they will be trapped forever, and only a mortal girl can rescue them. Gwen and Flora decide they must work together to find all eight sisters and free them. In their first adventure, they search for Sophia, the sister who controls the magic of fire.

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be cute. Seriously, everything about it is cute. The illustrations are adorable! Even the bad guys (Morgana and her nasty evil bird minions) are cute in the pictures. While this book probably won't appeal to fans of serious Arthurian legend stuff (unless they also happen to like cute things, which I do, I will admit it), it's probably the perfect book for young girls who like the magical sparkly fairy type books. And if you are like me and are an adult who once in a while wants to read something extremely adorable, you might enjoy it, too.

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