It’s 1577. Alyce’s mother has just been burnt at the stake for practicing witchcraft. With only a thin set of instructions and a witchs mommet for guidance, Alyce must face the world that shes been sealed off from – a world of fear and superstition. With a witch hunter fast on her trail, shell need the help of an innkeeper and a boy looking to discover the truth behind his own mother’s past.
But as her journey continues, another war rages: a hidden war of the supernatural, of the living and the dead. Good and evil are blurred, and nobodys motives can be trusted. And Alyce finds herself thrown unwillingly into the conflict. Struggling to understand her own powers, she is quickly drawn into a web of secret, lies, and dark magic that could change the fate of the world she is just coming to know.
This book is suitable for readers between 11 and 15 years of age.
This dark, twisty, and thrillingly original debut will leave readers entranced in its suspenseful plot and rich prose.
Nick Bowling is an author, stand-up comic, musician and Latin teacher from London. He graduated from Oxford University in 2007 with a BA in Classics and English, and again in 2010 with a Masters in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, before moving to his first teaching job at Trinity School, Croydon. While writing Witchborn, he has also performed a solo show at the Edinburgh festival, and has co-written, recorded and released an album and two EPs with soul-folk singer Mary Erskine, Me For Queen. Witchborn is his debut novel.