Tween Unicorn Book Feature – Spellfall (Earthaven Book 1) by Katherine Roberts
Natalie thinks she is an ordinary girl until she sees a spell in the supermarket car park. She soon discovers her mother came from Earthaven, a place of breathtaking wonder where unicorns roam and giant trees talk. Her father is a Thrall who sells spells across the boundary between worlds. And Natalie has inherited powers the exiled spellmage Lord Hawk needs if he is to take his revenge on the Spell Lords who banished him.
Snatched from her family and forced to choose sides in a magical battle between two worlds, Natalie’s only hope is to join forces with her captor’s son, the young spell-caster Merlin. Can they discover Hawk’s evil plans in time to save Earthaven and its magic?
“Roberts knows exactly how to rack up the tension and create parallel universes.” The Guardian.
“A thrilling and fast-paced fantasy adventure with shades of Tolkien and Pullman.” The Bookseller.
The story continues in the long-awaited sequel: Spellspring – out now!
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A Couple Of Reviews To Help You Choose
Fallen Dreamer5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2012 My one complaint about this book is that there’s no sequel.
Natalie Marlins thinks she’s a normal girl, until she’s kidnapped by the yellow-eyed Lord Hawk and pulled into a world that she never knew she was a part of. With the help of Marlin, who is Hawk’s son, and a magehound named K’tanaqui, Natalie must save Earthaven from the same people that killed her mother years ago. Earthaven is a land on the other side of the Boundary, and home to all the creatures that are threatened by modern technology, including unicorns, Spellmages and their familiars, and the powerful, intelligent soultrees, who are protected by Soultree Councils and whose roots give Earthaven its magic.
While Natalie is trying to rescue Earthaven from the inside, her friend Jo and stepbrother, Tim, are trying to save Nat herself, whom they believe is still a prisoner of Hawk’s spellclave.
Roberts’ writing is beautiful. The characters are realistic and three-dimensional without being overdone. I have to admit that the first chapter was rather slow, to the point where this book sat untouched on my bookshelf for over a year. (This was the same mistake I made with Princess Academy.) I read it at camp, and have since read it so many times that I had to reinforce the cover to keep it from falling apart. The fact that more people don’t read this book is a crime.
Kat rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It starts as a traditional story about a girl who’s lost her mother and a young boy with an abusive and controlling father. The reader in instantly drawn to these two poor lost souls, just trying to get through the day. But soon the unsuspecting reader is drawn into the twists and turns of a fast-paced fantasy story, full of outlaw mages trying to defeat the uppercrust magicians living in a huge sentient tree. As the unikely heroes unite against the growing threat to a society that has virtually no prior assoication with most of them, they learn things about themselves that they would have never otherwise. This is an enchanting story about growing up that incorporates a little bit of hardcore fantasy. A wonderful read.
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