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Emma and the Banderwigh (Tales of Widowswood Book 1) by [Cox, Matthew S.]
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Length: 218 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 18
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8228 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (11 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016ITKWQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #484,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Weaving fast-paced fairytale action with more mundane challenges, Cox creates a story that is as accessible as a great bedtime story underpinned with the depth of a fantasy novel.

Emma has lived on the edge of the Widowswood her entire life. A sensible child, she devotes herself to her chores and treats the stories that her grandmother tells at bedtime as fancy. And when a girl staggers from the forest years after she disappeared, her empty expression matching the tales of a monster that feeds on the fear and sorrow of children, Emma shares her father’s belief the girl escaped from bandits who’d been holding her prisoner. But then someone, or something, comes for Emma and her brother.

Utilising the grasp of pacing and language that marks his more adult work, but selecting a less convoluted plot and vocabulary, Cox creates an entirely plausible voyage into fairytale that is accessible to younger readers without losing the depth that more mature readers might expect of a fantasy novel.

Rather than leap straight into the fantastical, Cox opens with mundane issues: arguments over clothing, handling a boisterous younger brother, the complexity of bullying, and other challenges that will be immediately recognisable to anyone who is at least ten. Threaded alongside this, Emma’s parents and neighbours provide glimpses of mundane adult concerns such as banditry and alcoholism. This grounding in the real makes the magical – when it does start to seep in – seem more frightening by comparison.
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This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read the next one!

Emma is too old to believe in faerie stories. She spends her days helping her mum and taking care of her younger brother Tam. She loves her Nan and would do anything for her... Except believe in her silly made up stories! She worries that her Nan is not long for this world and refuses to wear anything but the old ratty dress her Nan made for her. She just knows there is something special about it... It makes her feel safe and loved and protected. Finding a forlorn girl started and out of her mind on the edge of the woods by her house plants the seeds of doubt in Emma's mind. Might monsters be real? What really happened to the girl to drain her of all emotion and sense? Could it really be the Banderwigh? Then the unthinkable and unbelievable happens... Tam makes her take him out to the privy and they wake up in an impossible room suspended from the ceiling in cages. Is it a nightmare? Did they just become the Banderwigh's newest victims? How will she save them? Can she ever escape a cage with no door in a room with no exit? Or will the Banderwigh feed on their sadness until they are just like the girl he cast aside? Is there hope or will they meet a grisly end?

***This series is suitable for middlegrade through adult readers who enjoy faerietales with a dash or two of horror and plenty of action, adventure, mystery and suspense with engaging characters and plenty of humor :)
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I wasn’t expecting too much from this novel. It sounds simple enough - a ten year old girl lives in a mysterious village but firmly refuses to believe in monsters, or forest spirits as she’s decided too old for that now. However when she is kidnapped by a creature with supernatural powers, she’s forced to believe in everything that she she previously dismissed.

This book surprised me by being really, really good. If the swearing was removed (there’s a B word in here), I’d happily recommend it to all my friends with children as this is a great coming of age story. It took a lot of twists and turns that I didn’t expect and just got better and better throughout. It has a great Grimm feel to it.

Despite being ten, Emma is a really well developed, headstrong character who is also caring too. There’s a tendency in books to go the easy route and just make every young character spoilt but Emma is great with her brother Tam and is almost like a second parent to him. She tried to act older than she is, but can’t help herself sometimes - she only ten after all.

This is a complete story but if I was offered I would absolutely read a sequel. It would be interesting to see Emma in a few years, grown up and even visiting the distant city we hear about. I’d love to hear more about her friend Kimber and younger brother too.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 44 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful story by the master of fantasy! Monsters, family, magic, adventure, and excitement! 16 Jan. 2017
By Montzalee Wittmann - Published on Amazon.com
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Emma and the Banderwigh (Tales of Widowswood #1) by Matthew S. Cox is another wonderful tale by one of the best fantasy writers out there. Not once, while reading this, did I think this was book was for children. This is a book that will cross all age levels. I was so wrapped up in the adventure, the family, the village, the monsters, that I felt I was part of the story! Cox can do that to a person! I felt I was an invisible part of this family and I loved it. Great fantasy, imaginative creatures, magic, and something in the writing that is not describable, it has to be felt by the reader. This is an excellent book for kids of all ages 10 to 100. Loved it, 10 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Believe Or Not To Believe... In Magic 13 April 2016
By Nocturnus - Published on Amazon.com
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This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read the next one!

Emma is too old to believe in faerie stories. She spends her days helping her mum and taking care of her younger brother Tam. She loves her Nan and would do anything for her... Except believe in her silly made up stories! She worries that her Nan is not long for this world and refuses to wear anything but the old ratty dress her Nan made for her. She just knows there is something special about it... It makes her feel safe and loved and protected. Finding a forlorn girl started and out of her mind on the edge of the woods by her house plants the seeds of doubt in Emma's mind. Might monsters be real? What really happened to the girl to drain her of all emotion and sense? Could it really be the Banderwigh? Then the unthinkable and unbelievable happens... Tam makes her take him out to the privy and they wake up in an impossible room suspended from the ceiling in cages. Is it a nightmare? Did they just become the Banderwigh's newest victims? How will she save them? Can she ever escape a cage with no door in a room with no exit? Or will the Banderwigh feed on their sadness until they are just like the girl he cast aside? Is there hope or will they meet a grisly end?

***This series is suitable for middlegrade through adult readers who enjoy faerietales with a dash or two of horror and plenty of action, adventure, mystery and suspense with engaging characters and plenty of humor :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 19 Jan. 2017
By Chrystal Roe - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is a tale of magic and monsters. The heroine is a preteen girl named Emma. She doesn't believe in the fairy tales her grandmother tells stories about.... Until one night she meets a monster. This is a really well told story of myth, magic, and a young girls bravery. Can't wait to start the next one. I'm buying copies for my grandchildren too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully twisted adventure 22 Feb. 2016
By Brian P. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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This one of the many books by this author I have read. Each new book brings a whole new meaning to mind altering perceptions and adventure.

This is a story about a young girl named Emma who live with her Mom, Dad(a village guard captain), her little brother, and her Grandma. There life is nothing out of the ordinary except for one minor thing, Mom and Nan are known among the villagers as healers. They live near a woodland marsh with a few unsavory creatures and some crazy myths. Nan tells stories to Emma and her brother that almost seem to real about the woods and something called the Banderwigh: an evil of evilness.

The story starts a little slow but once the author adds his mind altering twists, it really rocks. A young girl is found who had been lost years ago in the woodlands. Stories flow through the village about monsters, child stealers, and weird animals/creatures. And our girl Emma gets in way over her head and not listening to her parents and Nan.

There is so much that happens and so many spoilers that I will stop but add that if you like/love paranormal, psychological thrillers, and adrenalin rushes, this is the book for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and a great read 11 Feb. 2016
By denise - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a true believe of how easy fork lore can become legend this is the book to read. This brings to life how easy a story of legend can have a ring of truth in it. I love how the author stressed how much Emma did not believe Nan's stories but could always see herself in Nan's story. I really enjoyed this book it was a delight to read and I hope to read more from Mr. Cox. I love tells of heroes especially ones named Emma sometimes you have to grow up but every story has a ring of truth.
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