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Dark Spell

Gill Arbuthnott


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Range: Kelpies Paperback 224 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9780863159565 Publication date: 25 April 2013
Genre: Ghosts and Spells Ideal for ages: 11, 12, 13 and 14

Uncontrollable power. Unbelievable darkness.

Callie Hall is a real-life witch with incredible powers she can't control. Witchcraft might seem hard, but lighting candles with her fingers and casting protective spells can't prepare her for what's coming.

In the tunnels beneath St Andrews, something is lurking: a dark and dangerous presence that threatens everything. Callie needs help, but can she trust best friend Josh with her secret? And, together, can they defeat the darkness?


'This is a modern-day Harry Potter set near a Scottish school in St Andrews. The characters of Callie, who has just discovered she's a witch and Josh were brilliant... I cannot recommend this book highly enough.'
-- Daily Record Book Club

'Usually I don't get excited about setting, but this book was set in Scotland near St. Andrews, an unusual place for a YA novel. It was refreshing to read about a locale I've never really heard of besides the golf. All told, a solid 4 stars.'
-- 2 the Point Book Reviews blog

'Dark Spell is a story about a young girl coming to terms with her new abilities, abilities that make her unique and different from those around her... Making Dark Spell a coming of age story with a paranormal/witchy twist.'
-- Tome Tender Blog

'The characterisation is excellent, and I particularly like the way Callie is shown struggling to get to terms with her powers which read almost as hormonal energy. It is as though teenage frustration or anger flares up inside her and the energy breaks out through her fingertips. This is elegant writing as it reads as an extension of bodily stress that we have all felt at one time or another and it functions as a connection between the supernatural and a reality we can recognise. This is a pacey, thoughtful, scary, exhilarating read and highly recommended.'
-- The School Librarian (SLA)

Dark Spell


Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn’t stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. When she’s not writing, she works as a biology…

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