The Crow Folk

The Witches of Woodville 1

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Pub Date 07 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 24 Feb 2021
Simon and Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster UK

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Description

For fans of Lev Grossman and Terry Pratchett comes this delightful novel of war, mystery and a little bit of magic...

As Spitfires roar overhead and a dark figure stalks the village of Woodville, a young woman will discover her destiny…

Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she’s found out why. She’s just stumbled across her late mother’s diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations… a witch's notebook.

And Faye has inherited her mother’s abilities. 

Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum's words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected.

Fall in love with the extraordinary world of Faye Bright - it's Maisie Dobbs meets The Magicians

Praise for THE CROW FOLK

‘Warm, witty, witchy wartime fun. With Mark Stay as writer you're always guaranteed a magical read’Julie Wassmer, author of the Whitstable Pearl Mysteries
 
‘You'll love it: Doctor Who meets Worzel GummidgeLorna Cook, author of The Forgotten Village
 
‘A jolly romp with witches, demons, and bellringing. Pratchett fans will enjoy this, and Faye is a feisty and fun hero. Dad's Army meets Witches of EastwickIan W Sainsbury

Praise for MARK STAY and BACK TO REALITY

'Heartwarming, inventive, and funny. Like if Nick Hornby wrote a time travel, body swap adventure!'—New York Times bestselling author Mimi Strong

?'A compelling story where the comedy compliments the drama and keeps you turning the page… A delight'Caimh McDonnell, bestselling author of The Dublin Trilogy

'I LOVE IT! It's Back to the Future meets Freaky Friday' —#1 Kindle bestselling author of Hot Mess, Lucy Vine

'If you love time travel and rock and roll, you'll love this book!' —Julie Cohen, author of Together

'Sliding Doors meets Back to the Future in a story to make you sing with joy' —Karen Ball, Speckled Pen

'A magnificent book! Loved every page. Beautifully written' —Callan McAuliffe, actor The Walking Dead

'Doctor Who meets Freaky Friday at Glastonbury. With added cow. Escapist SF fun for everyone who wants to scratch their Terry Pratchett itch'Ian W Sainsbury, Winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019

'A miraculous, laugh-out-loud journey to a past never lived. Original and captivating!'Keith A Pearson
For fans of Lev Grossman and Terry Pratchett comes this delightful novel of war, mystery and a little bit of magic...

As Spitfires roar overhead and a dark figure stalks the village of Woodville, a...

Advance Praise

Praise for MARK STAY and BACK TO REALITY

'Heartwarming, inventive, and funny. Like if Nick Hornby wrote a time travel, body swap adventure!'—New York Times bestselling author Mimi Strong

'A compelling story where the comedy compliments the drama and keeps you turning the page… A delight'—Caimh McDonnell, bestselling author of The Dublin Trilogy 

'I LOVE IT! It's Back to the Future meets Freaky Friday' —#1 Kindle bestselling author of Hot Mess, Lucy Vine

'If you love time travel and rock and roll, you'll love this book!' —Julie Cohen, author of Together

'Sliding Doors meets Back to the Future in a story to make you sing with joy' —Karen Ball, Speckled Pen

'A magnificent book! Loved every page. Beautifully written' —Callan McAuliffe, actor The Walking Dead

'Doctor Who meets Freaky Friday at Glastonbury. With added cow. Escapist SF fun for everyone who wants to scratch their Terry Pratchett itch'—Ian W Sainsbury, Winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019

'A miraculous, laugh-out-loud journey to a past never lived. Original and captivating!'—Keith A Pearson

Praise for MARK STAY and BACK TO REALITY

'Heartwarming, inventive, and funny. Like if Nick Hornby wrote a time travel, body swap adventure!'—New York Times bestselling author Mimi Strong

'A...


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Reading the description of this book, I was very excited to start reading it. I was rather wary of the comparison with the great Terry Pratchett, and I worried that I would be disappointed. This book is not discworld, it's set in 1940 in a rural corner of Kent. War forms a backdrop to the story, with spitfires flying overhead, creating an atmosphere of distrust and anxiety. Faye Bright is the seventeen year old protagonist, the daughter of the village pub landlord, and she is still angry about the death of her mother when she was four years old. Whilst sorting through junk in the cellar she comes across a book full of rituals and spells written by her mother. At the same time, strange things are happening with the scarecrows and it's a all getting out of hand. This is a story about witches demons and magic. It is also a story about loss, love and acceptance. Infused with a witty humour (that draws the comparison with Terry Pratchett), it is a quick and light read. The characters in their rural idyll are strongly drawn. This is the first book in a series featuring the witches, and I can wait to read the next book.

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