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Magical Masquerade: Enter a world of secrets, spells and enchantments ... Paperback – 25 Apr 2017
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‘This novel features a remarkable heroine who, despite the vicissitudes that confront her, is always unflappable and always indefatigable and tells a rich, dream-like story full of pin-sharp pictures and phantasmagorical creatures. The narration is deft, the language is clean, clear and bright, and the style is classical. Here is a work of which one can say, accurately for once, that it exemplifies the virtues that one associates with the golden age of children’s fiction.’
CARLO GÉBLER – author, playwright, creative writing tutor, academic and former Bisto Merit Award-winner.
‘Claire Savage creates a sparkling fantasy world as rich in charm and vibrancy as the best traditional fairy tales ... yet her feisty heroine, Felicity Stone, is rooted firmly in the twenty-first century – no hapless maiden she! Young readers – or listeners – will take her to their heart as they follow her tortuous quest to solve the Rhyming Riddler's cryptic challenge. Savage’s charming debut is a pacey and engrossing tale told with flair, warmth and charisma – a compelling new voice in children’s fiction.’
FELICITY MCCALL – YA author, playwright, arts facilitator and former BBC journalist.
About the Author
Claire Savage grew up deep in the countryside around Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, where she spent lots of time reading stories of magic and adventure. Like Felicity, she wanted to enjoy her own exciting escapades, so often went exploring with her brothers and sister – and a fair few cats – in the surrounding fields and lanes. Holidays were spent on the North Coast, where she now walks every day with her cocker spaniel, Reuben, getting lots of inspiration for her stories. Claire works as a copywriter and journalist by day, but by night, she can more usually be found conjuring up strange and unusual tales … A number of her short stories have been published in literary journals, including The Lonely Crowd, The Incubator, The Launchpad and The Ghastling, as well as in SHIFT Lit - Derry writing magazine, with some poetry also in print. In July 2014 Claire was awarded a National Lottery grant from the Arts Council NI as part of their Support for Individual Artists Programme, helping her write a collection of short stories and poetry. She was also chosen as one of Lagan Online’s 12NOW (New Original Writers) for 2016/17. Magical Masquerade is Claire’s first novel. Claire blogs at: https://clairesavagewriting.wordpress.com/ Follow Claire on Twitter: @ClaireLSavage
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Claire Savage is a brilliant new author who seems to have drawn inspiration from the nostalgic fairytales of Enid Blyton and the adventures by C.S. Lewis in the Chronicles of Narnia. However, she has an intoxicating fresh approach to writing that is unique in its ability to flow seamlessly from chapter to chapter. Her use of prose and poetry throughout, captivates the reader and helps them delve into an undiscovered magical world where all is not as it seems. A young girl's quest for home and the truth, is both fascinating and perilous in equal measures.
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel and hope that there will be a sequel!!
Two magical quests.
Three riddles will set her free.’
'Magical Masquerade' is the recently published debut novel from Northern Ireland writer Claire Savage. When I read the blurb on this book, I knew my daughter would love it. A huge fan of magic and mystery, of fairies and other worlds, here was a book I just knew I would lose her to. Magical Masquerade is quite a big book at 400+ pages but as she has read all Harry Potter and is a lover of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy, I knew this would not be an issue with her….the homework didn’t get a look in though!!
Here is her review:
‘When she went to the beach one sparkling spring day, She picked up a pebble … and it whisked her away.’
‘When I first received this book I was extremely excited to discover what sort of mystical adventures would unfold.
After reading the first few pages, I knew it would be one of my favourites. I love how each page reveals something new and exciting.
This book, based in Northern Ireland, is about a young girl named Felicity Stone, who is whisked away to the fairy realm. With help from Bob the brownie, Hatchet the hobgoblin and many others, she must put an end to the ‘mysterious smugglers causing mayhem’ and releasing dark forces into the realm.
Much to her dismay, the only way to return to the human realm is by solving three riddles set for her by the Rhyming Riddler. These riddles lead her to dangerous encounters, including goblins, witches, the banshee and more.
I loved all the characters but if I had to choose one, I would pick Felicity as she is brave, clever and would never let you down. Without her, I very much doubt the fairy realm would have lasted much longer.
I really recommend reading this book as it is exciting and full of adventure.
I give this book a 5* rating.’