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Spellfall Paperback – 1 Jun 2001
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In this gripping story of kidnap and sorcery spanning two worlds, Natalie discovers her own extraordinary powers and how mush is at stake in both worlds. Much depends on the kidnapper's son Merlin deciding where his loyalties lie. Can they save Earthaven the enchanted realm beyond the Thrallstone gateway where giant soul trees weave a new kind of magic, and unicorns and magehounds do battle with an evil force determined to spread its poison across both worlds? Natalie and her friends need all their courage in SPELLFALL, one of the most exciting books you will ever read!
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SPELLFALL is an earlier book, for a younger age-group, but you can see all the skill of a terrific writer here, in the characters, the plot and the scene-setting. The unicorns are wonderful, and I loved the computer-network trees! (Interestingly, I read that Ms. Roberts used to be a computer programmer.)
I'd like to see more of Katherine Roberts books available on Kindle!
Unicorns: peaceful, horse type creatures, with a horn on their forehead. Usually white or a pale silver. I didn't put them as near-bloody thirsty creatures who (possibly) enjoy spearing the enemy in battle.
Thankfully the unicorns are on the same side as Natalie, the heroine of this tale. Following her mother's death, her father, despite remarrying, draws within himself. Natalie's step-brother does little to create a relationship. Thankfully Natalie has Jo, the daring friend who's ready for anything. It's on one of Jo's early morning escapades that sees Natalie forcibly kidnapped by the lunatic she'd met earlier at the recycling bins. He'd muttered about spellclaves, and about her familiar. Itsy is her pet spider, but it doesn't do anything. Yet the man thinks it can be used against her, especially when he brings his pet hawk into the equation.
Unfortunately for Natalie, the man, called the Hawk isn't a lunatic. He's an evil minded so-and-so who wants to destroy Earthaven, a magical place which Natalie's mother came from. His son, Merlin (unfortunately not possessing phenomenal magical power like his namesake), roped into helping catch Natalie, hates what his father does. With Natalie's help Merlin gains courage to escape from the house in the woods where they are imprisoned. However, they aren't safe in Earthaven, for his father has a plan: with the mysterious project Raven he'll destroy the soultree which is the source of magic in Earthaven.
This is a wonderful tale of good versus evil. No character in Spell Fall gets through to the end without changing (except perhaps the Hawk) for the better. What made this more enthralling for me were the unusual names of all within the magic world, the form (and hilarious character) of Natalie's true familiar, the way Natalie's broken family pull together to search for her. I was in fits of laughter when Merlin's familiar talks. A good HEA fantasy, with scope for a sequel (if there isn't already one).
I found this to be quite an enjoyable story. The characters are interesting, and the storyline flows along quite well. It is a good book for younger readers: lightweight, and yet quite enjoyable.
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