Our Castle By The Sea

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters.

But now the country is at war and the clifftops are a terrifying battleground. Pet will need to muster all her bravery to uncover why her family is being torn apart.

My Thoughts

"This sort of old magic is not loyal to anyone or anything. It has its own laws. It is as cold and unknowable as an ancient god."

It's not a spoiler to tell you there is magic in this story, it says so in the blurb and it's in the prologue. There is magic in Lucy Strange's writing too. Her characters are deep and multi-layered, her settings are cinematic and her stories are truly enchanting. 

With My Castle By The Sea, I was waiting on the edge of my seat for the magic to come. The tension builds, Pet, that protagonist is struggling and the reader is almost screaming for something, somebody to help her...

You will have to buy the book to find out whether and how help comes - I daren't say anymore for fear of ruining the story. Enough to say I was captivated from start to finish. It is a beautiful story with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last page. Another triumph from Lucy Strange!

Our Castle By The Sea book will be available to beg, borrow or buy from all good bookshops, public libraries and school libraries from January 3rd. A real treat to welcome in the new year.

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