Doomspell by Cliff McNish

Rachel and Eric. Two ordinary names. Two extraordinary kids. Snatched away from Earth to the planet of Ithrea, ruled by the witch Dragwena, Rachel is a spell maker and can imagine things so that they become real, and Eric destroys spells, forever. Dragwena wants Rachel to help increase her power, but Dragwena’s trapped slaves need Rachel to free them. She is the child-hope. Rachel and Eric must fight Dragwena – with spells.

Though the names in this book look awkwardly pronounced, they are not, as no spelling rules are involved. For example, the name Dragwena. It is simply pronounced as ‘Drag’ and ‘wena’. I find this very clever, as it produces the sense of difference to names on earth, thus creating the atmosphere of another, completely strange world, whilst not hindering the reader’s ease whilst reading. However, I found that though both Rachel and Eric have powers, it was suggested that Rachel’s was superior as it was introduced first, made her the revered child-hope and her power was used more. Though Eric’s was introduced and admired, I found it unnecessary that he should have a power as it did not play a major part in the book, though at one stage it protected Rachel.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

If you liked this book, try the more challenging read of ‘Eragon’.

Doomspell by Cliff McNish

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