Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

The Castle of Tangled Magic is a book full of the anticipation of something truly special. The wisdom of the elderly, ancient magic and Russian folklore flows off the page in language full of wonder and enchantment. Sophie Anderson is a master storyteller with a richness unparalleled and an ability to draw readers into gloriously magical worlds, making them feel as if they are the ones on a great adventure.

Castle Mila is full of secrets: hidden doorways, secret passageways and long-forgotten chambers. Olio’s once-royal ancestors built this unique family home long ago. Now, as they approach its five hundredth anniversary, a fierce storm is brewing and the magic of the castle seems unsettled – somehow tangled. With the help of her grandmother, Olio believes magic is everywhere and is determined to find it. Sensing the winds of change, Olio must set off on a dangerous quest to free the magic and try to save her family, her heritage and her home.

Along the way, Olio must rely on her friends, both old and new. She questions whether or not she can trust them and, through this, learns that above all else, she must trust her own instincts and believe in herself. Her bravery, intelligence, sense of justice and kindness serve her well as she battles against mystical spirits in an unknown land. When tempted to give up or go another way, the love of her family spurs her onwards.

This is a story of selflessness and sacrifice. The winds of change are hard to cope with but sometimes so necessary to move on to the next stage of life. Olio is a wonderful example of someone who reflects on the past, makes amends, and strives to move forward in loyalty, friendship and love.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

A.A. Milne

Thank you to Usborne Publishing and NetGalley for this beautiful book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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