It should have been a fresh start for the Widdershins sisters, Betty, Fliss, and Charlie. Finally free from the misty gloom of Crowstone, and beginning a new life in the picturesque village Pendlewick. But all is not as it seems in their postcard-pretty village.
Their neighbours are acting strangely, and why do they flinch at the mere mention of magic? It isn’t long before their life in Pendlewick begins to take a dark turn and their new home reveals its secrets. But the sisters have a secret of their own: a set of enchanted nesting dolls with the power to render their user invisible.
With an enchanted painting locked in a hidden room, and one of their own slipping away from them, the sisters find themselves in a race against time to break the dark magic that has cast a spell over the village. The Widdershins sisters must use their wits and their magic if they’re to defeat this dark hold over Pendlewick… but have they met their match this time?
Michelle Harrison is a bestselling author and winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her first novel, and the Calderdale Book of the Year Award for The Other Alice. These achievements are clearly deserving – Harrison excels at writing atmospherically. The setting of this book is spooky, endearing and captivating. The creative setting of Tick Tock forest is a testament to this, allowing its addition to make the series feel fresh and alive.
Harrison dedicates A Tangle of Spells “to sisters everywhere” and that dedication is laced through the Widdershin sisters’ strong bond. Their familial dynamic shows how they’re warm, supportive, and care for one another, but each have their own distinct personalities. When Fliss falls under a witches’ spell, it is up to Betty and Charlie to save her – a situation that tests them and strengthens their bond.
A Tangle of Spells is the third book in The Pinch of Magic Adventures series by Harrison. The trademarks and creative imagination of Harrison infused in the first two books are retained in this book, upholding the series’ enchanting charm for readers aged 8+. There are unexpected twists and turns that readers won’t see coming, but will leave them spellbound as they’re immersed in the magic of Harrison’s compelling storytelling.