Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 6th 2014
Hand in hand, the witch's children walked down the empty road.
When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic . . . except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.
The black-leaved trees swayed toward Kara and then away, as though beckoning her.
The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story.
The Thickety: A Path Begins is the start of a thrilling and spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic.
I absolutely LOVED reading this book. It brought nostalgic feelings of being a little girl reading fairy-tales in the basement of my school library or under the covers in the comfort of my bed. At almost 500 pages long it could be considered a big book, but with its enchanting eeriness and creepy ode to the classic fairy tale you will want to finish it in one sitting while completely enveloping yourself in the story.
I received this book at BEA (Book Expo America)/BookCon, where I was fortunate enough to meet the author and get it signed. Mr. White was very nice, a fellow Whovian (Doctor Who fan) and lover of fairy tales. This book had been on our enormous spreadsheet for our BEA trip this past May, and it was a MUST have for me. The minute you place the word “fairy tale” in any summary discussing a new book/story, you usually have my immediate attention, also the cover art is GORGEOUS and that alone would have strung at the strings to my artist heart. Okay! Enough about that…let’s get back to the book! Continue reading “Book Review: The Thickety (A Path Begins- Book 1) by J.A. White”