The Thickety: The Whispering Trees
Katherine Tegen Books
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“. . . a taut, dark and gripping tale . . .”
When Kara Westfall’s magical talents are uncovered by her fellow villagers, she and her younger brother Taff are forced to flee their home. Those who use grimoires, the textbooks of magic, are hated and feared by common folk, for evil always claims the user in the end. With their mother dead and their father locked in a spell beyond reach, the children are forced to plunge into the dark tangled depths of the Thickety, a place the villagers will never venture into.
The Thickety is a hostile place, haunt of the powerful forest demon Sordyr and full of strange and deadly creatures and plants. One of the strangest and deadliest is the witch Mary Kettle, who has an evil reputation, yet Kara must trust her to help them negotiate the Thickety’s winding ways. Mary teaches Kara to become a wexari, a witch who uses magic without needing a grimoire. As Kara’s powers grow she finds an affinity with animals – and a confrontation with Sordyr. Poised on the balance of an age-old battle between good and evil Kara is faced with a moral dilemma. Whatever she does, however she decides, it could bring about the death and destruction of all she holds dear. Can she find the wisdom to avert disaster for herself, her loved ones – and the world?
In The Thickety: The Whispering Trees, J. A. White gives us a taut, dark and gripping tale of love, courage and redemption set in a world where magic is “red in tooth and claw”. Young Adult and New Adults readers alike will enjoy this book.
Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews