There are witches everywhere, from the waitress in the local café to the ancient sorceress reaching out of the past to reawaken her powers through a young girl in the North East of England. If you are familiar with the area in and around Newcastle you will be able to follow Elle and Izzy's journey from the Lit and Phil where the book in the glass case fluttered its pages at them to the graveyard at St Andrews where they finally release the spirits of the long dead witches, releasing them from the power of the evil shapeshifter. If you do not know the area you will be entranced by how it is brought to life in the pages of this magical book.
In every sense this book is a journey: a journey into the past to find out the truth about a part of local history that has reached into the future to threaten the lives of two young girls: a journey through the streets of Newcastle and its surrounding area taking in many of the sights and sounds of this rich, diverse city: a journey from disbelief to belief, from mundanity to wonder as magic opens up all around and things once thought to be familiar and safe become strange and terrifying.
Journey with Isobel and Eleanor in a helter skelter race against time to free the souls of the witches before the evil shapeshifting witchfinder can capture the crystal pendulum and make them his slaves forever, using their power to bring evil into the world. Along the way learn a little about magic, a lot about friendship and more than enough about the dangers that faced a wise woman in an ignorant age.
The drawings that accompany the story are quirky, relevant and sometimes downright spooky, adding just the right touches to the chapter headings and helping to build the atmosphere of suspense and otherworldliness.