The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
What I drank prior: I had 5 beers at happy hour. With no food. It’s a thing.
(Editor’s note: Well i feel like crap this morning…)
So yeah, there’s this girl, she goes for her witch’s exam and she gets a weird reading. So because of this she ends up as an apprentice at this town called Lull. This town in the past has had little no no issues but as soon as our MC Arianwyn shows up so do a bnch of other things. There’s a scary dark wood. We see a lot of signs that show it’s a lot more than she expected and things go from there.
I loved this book. Its very reminiscent of HP1 in that there’s a villain, we don’t know what it is but we know it’s coming, typw of story. And the MC has a lot to overcome.
Characters: The MC Arianwyn is amazing. SHe’s very well developed. Her supporting characters… not so much. But her best friend, Salle, is cute. Her frenemy Gimma is super annoying, intentionally. Also, I love the ‘adults’ in this book. While we don’t know how old Wyn is, its pretty clear who the ‘adults’ are. The district supervisor is sterotypically quirky but also fiercely loyal and i loved that. The other supporting characters are great too.
Plot: As far as plot goes, its pretty typical, there’s a Big Bad they have to defeat. But what makes this story differnt is that we don’t know what the Big Bad is until 2/3 the way through the book and it’s not what you’d expect. I’m down for it. Also, I never felt bored. THe story was well paced and i gobbled it up.
Writing Style: Pretty great. It’s done well enough that i can see what’s goin on without spoiling the story. I always love when that happens.
Rating: 3.5/5 Shots. I loved it. Its a middle-grade story that will last throughout the ages,
What to pair it with: Red wine. I love red wine.
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: What stories have you gobbled up recently?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,