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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Check It Out: Emma and the Banderwigh

 




Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew S. Cox
Tales of Widowswood #1
Middle Grade/Young Adult Folk Tales

Ten-year-old Emma doesn't believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night--until she meets one.

She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan's fanciful bedtime stories silly.

One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children's tears.

Darkness comes calling on Emma's happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it.




5 out of 5 fairies

Emma and the Banderwigh will make you believe in fae again. I remember that age when I wanted to start being more logical and put aside the things I believed as a kid. I never fully lost my belief that maybe there were more things out there, but a lot of my beliefs did fall by the wayside. This book gives you chills without being terrifying (think Goosebumps levels). This book took me back to those nights awake eagerly reading books dealing with things that in the light of day seemed beyond belief. A great way to hook younger readers or indulge your inner kid!




Where to buy: Amazon
 
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About the Author: Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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