In Book One of the Enchanter’s Child duology, New York Times best-selling author of the Septimus Heap series Angie Sage crafts a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal, Oracles knit octopuses, wizards run around in soggy underpants, and one girl is on a mission to save Enchantment and Enchanters, which might just save the kingdom.
Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults—dark dungeons deep below the city.
When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra, she knows she is in great danger. With the help of her little foster brother, Louie, she makes a daring escape.
But Alex discovers she is not safe outside Luma either. Here lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and their children. The Hauntings take many forms and Alex is hunted by a giant bird of prey, the Hawke, a murderous Night Wraith called the Grey Walker, and the eerie Xin.
But why do the Hauntings haunt Alex?
Alex doesn’t believe she’s an Enchanter’s Child, but she has no idea who her parents are. Her precious Enchanted cards are her only clue to her true identity, and she becomes determined to find out who she is. And, while she is at it, to get rid of the deadly Twilight Hauntings forever.
If you have been around for even a short time you probably know that one of my favourite book series of all time is the Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage. I love the magic system, the strong independent characters, the bossy women and a multi book redemption plot. So when I heard that Angie Sage had a new magical Middle-Grade novel I was so very excited. I haven’t really read much of Sage’s work outside of the Heap Universe(something I plan on rectifying), so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Twilight Haunting at first seems very similar to the Septimus Heap series, both dealing with Orphans who aren’t treated well as children and are secretly magical. An while at it’s bones this story is similar in that fashion, overall it is very unique and different world, on that is fascinating and interesting. I loved the more female focus of this book and Alex is absolutely amazing. Zerra is a awful girl who you can’t help like a bit and hope for redemption.
This book had all of Angie’s hallmark writing aspects that made me love Septimus heap, dark plots wrapped in absurd moments, humor twisted with sadness, and a great underlining story of how you can never banish magic. If you have read previous works by Sage I’m positive you’ll love this, if not this is a great book to start!
I give Twilight Hauntings:
A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage was released 31 March 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, Harper Collins, or wherever you like to purchase books.