Deborah Winter-Blood is a witch, yes really, a practicing witch…. So as authors are advised “write about what you know” so of course for Debi, her first book had to be about a witch. However what has been produced is not just any book about magic, but a book that though YA genera, is being read and enjoyed by people of all ages.
“The Glendale Witch” indeed is one of those wonderful books that has something for everybody, romance, humor, fantasy, magic even conservation.
Debi was one of those children who was creating little stories as soon as she could hold a crayon, her first published work came when she was a teenager, when a short story of hers appeared in Highlights for Children. From that time she has written many short stories as well writing “stringers” for the travel industry. Both of those facts have helped her develop this great debut novel.
The page turning read is full of wonderfully developed and enjoyable characters, and the various location description are pained like a travel brochure making you feel you are part of the location.
About “The Glendale Witch”:
“The Glendale Witch” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Celeste Needfyre, a typical American girl whose life is turned upside down when she discovers that she is the last in an ancient line of powerful witches known as Guardians. The Guardians disappeared almost twenty years before, having been taken prisoner by a demonic creature.
Celeste must travel through the fantastical elemental worlds of fire, water, air and earth to save her ancient kin, but when she arrives at her destination she finds herself in sympathy with the dark creature she is there to destroy. It’s a fantasy tale full of strange beings, some mythological creatures, three love stories and a talking iguana, embellished with humor and touching upon poignant global environmental issues.
As I said at the start of the blog, though this book was written for a young adult audience, the response to “The Glendale Witch” from readers aged nine years to middle-age has been overwhelmingly positive.
As one reviewer put it…
Since I am usually not a fan of YA fiction, I might have hesitated to pick up this book had I not been familiar with, and impressed by, Ms. Blood's shorter fiction. I must say that I am so glad that this was the case because I would have missed a wonderfully executed book for absolutely no reason other than my own preconceived notions about the limitations of the genre.
Ms. Blood carefully reeled me in and held me captive from page one. Her attention to detail made the entire adventure a joy and her imagination knows no bounds. Celeste and her friends are likable and believable and the creatures they meet on their journey are astounding. It takes great skill to create magical realism and Ms. Blood has proven that she is an expert at it . . . she truly is the YA author to keep your eye on.
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