In a world of magic, can science save the day?
Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer’s apprentice. She’d rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to embrace her magical heritage and rescue him from the dreaded Tower of Shadows.
Lucky for Wednesday, she’s not alone. Her best friend Alfie is a prime-number fan of robotics experts who’s all-in on Wednesday’s epic plan involving parallel universes, swords of power and a wise-cracking talking skull.
But it’s going to take more than science, magic, and the world’s cutest robot to take down this bad guy. Because goblin king is playing for the ultimate prize – and Wednesday and Alfie just walked into his trap…
Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is an action-packed adventure about magic, science, and a mysterious dark tower. Wednesday displays courage and determination to find a solution to her powers – whether it be with science or developing magical powers.
This is the kind of novel I would have loved to read as a kid and share with my friends. The scientific elements are extremely amusing, encouraging young readers to show interest in science. I can definitely see a middle-grade Science class testing the chemical experiments featured in the book.
The book is co-written by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne. With a background in science and technology, Burne strives to incorporate these elements into her writing. You can see examples of this in her books To the Lighthouse and Beneath the Trees. Growing up reading J.R.R. Tolkein and Douglas Adams, Knight draws on these inspiring works to help craft Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows – especially the fantastical parts of the book. Together, Knight and Burne create an extraordinary story that shows off each author’s strength, taking it to the next level.
Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is a smart and funny new series for readers aged 8+. If you loved Nevermoor, Artemis Fowl and The Witching Hours, then this book will be right up your alley! I can see this book as the next big thing, so get reading because the second book in the series is set to be released in September 2021. I can’t wait!