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Spellchasers: The Beginner’s Guide to Curses

Posted on 19/08/2016 in Lari Don

Spellchasers: Beginner's Guide to Curses jacket coverYou may have heard us talking about Lari Don’s amazing Spellchasers trilogy recently, and now the first book – The Beginner’s Guide to Curses – is finally available to buy in a bookshop near you! We’re offering you the chance to win your very own copy signed by Lari Don! To be in with a chance, simply use the form below to sign up to our mailing list, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win the book.

Some of the winners of our Spellchasers competition have written reviews of The Beginner’s Guide to Curses. Here’s what they thought:

Lucy, aged 8

Very funny, really exciting adventurous book

This is a good book for boys and girls from seven to twelve years. This book is an exciting fantasy quest with a lot of twists. The characters are great and there is a super evil one. The main characters are Molly, a normal girl, Beth, a tree spirit, Innes, a kelpie and a toad. They are working together to solve the curses on themselves and their families. It is such a good book I just couldn’t put it down and I wish it was longer. I walked round the house with my nose in the book and I felt like some of the characters when I was really engrossed. Reading all of Lari Don’s books has made me love books more than ever. The end is super exciting and I can’t wait for the next one because there’s some things I want to find out.

Isobel, aged 10

Molly and others have been cursed. She needs to break the curse, but there is a decision to make: should she work with her new found friends to break all the curses put on them, or fight to break only her own curse and risk losing her only chance of freedom from this dreadful trap.

This is a great book for those who enjoy a heart-racing and mythical story. It is full of cliff hangers and exciting endings. It keeps you on edge, as well as cramming in heart-warming and terrifying parts and paragraphs!


Isabel, aged 9

Absolutely brilliant book. I found it very interesting and thrilling due to the vivid pictures the author paints in your mind. Definitely aimed towards years 5-6 (or seniors!). An exciting novel, extremely magical. The book starts when the main character, Molly Drummond, is being chased by a dog. She thinks the dog is chasing her human form! She does not know that she turns into a hare when a dog barks – she has been cursed! Following a visit to a witch she goes on a course for cursed being with a sphinx, a toad, a dryad and a kelpie. Later in the book they set off on an adventure, and eventually work together and break their curses. Or do they? I definitely recommend this book. The author has a very good imagination!

5 stars

And it’s not just young readers who are enjoying The Beginner’s Guide to Curses, booksellers are loving it too! Here’s what Sally, from the Far from the Madding Crowd bookshop in Linlithgow, thought:

I’ve always enjoyed Lari Don’s work, she has a real gift for writing for children of all ages and her events are second to none, whether for a small group or a whole school.
I recently raced through The Beginner’s Guide to Curses and was reminded again that Lari’s great gift is being able to bring traditional folklore tales to the contemporary reader completely naturally. She seamlessly introduces ancient figures and myths to a modern adventure story: the combination of a sphinx, a kelpie, a wood sprite, a mysterious toad and a shape-shifting human overcoming their differences to work as a team is just brilliant. The Scottish landscape is a great setting as well – I could just picture the hare racing through the heather hillside as the fox chased her!
Spellchasers is another excellent series from one of our favourite authors, I’m already looking forward to the next one!

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