This month we are pleased to bring you a review of local author Richard Houghton’s debut Young Adult fiction novel which is set in recognisable locations that his readers can visit themselves.
He was inspired to write this story because of his love of places with a special feel to them: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, the headquarters of The Magic Circle in London and the mysterious Wandlebury Ring, just south of Cambridge.
The Wandmaker is a classic hero’s quest of magic, love and destiny for children aged between 10 and 16 but it can be enjoyed by adults too.
Thirteen year old Iona Berry has read the book for us and this is what she thinks:
“The Wandmaker is a novel about a boy called Eustace who has his sister stolen by witches. He and his friend Autumn have to learn about witches and wand making in order to get her back. The story is fantastic and I love the way the characters interact and develop through the novel. I felt so many different emotions when reading it and it was very difficult to put it down and go to sleep! It’s a great novel and I can’t wait for the sequel!”