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EMMA AND THE BANDERWIGH, by Matthew CoxEmma and The Banderwigh
Genre: middle-grade fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: October 12, 2015

Cover Artist: Chris Malidore

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This book was provided to me by the publisher Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.

Description:

Ten-year-old Emma doesn’t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night—until she meets one.

She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan’s fanciful bedtime stories silly.

One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children’s tears.

Darkness comes calling on Emma’s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it.

Emma bigMatthew Cox

About The Author:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.
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My Review

Emma never believes the stories her Nan tells, dismissing them as just tales to scare little children, until one day an encounter with a creature out of Nan’s stories causes here to reassess her beliefs.

Emma and The Banderwigh is an slightly dark atmospheric  tale perfect for Autumn. There is just enough suspense to add to that eerie mysterious feel and this is balanced by the elements of family love and redemption. With its mix of magic, and mythical elements it is sure to entertain.

The story moves along at a quick pace and it was never boring . The characters we are introduced to are interesting and well-developed. I found Emily to be very mature in her thinking and quite independent and level handed for a pre-teen, which she demonstrated by the use of her wits to get herself out of sticky situations instead of whining about it.

There is also a nice twist which just adds that element of surprise to the story and I think it was wonderful the way Emily used it.

Rating

4 stars

I think this will be a fun read for kids who love scary stories and so I would recommend this for middle grade readers and for the young at heart.

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