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Magical Masquerade by Claire Savage

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By Emily Hearne

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One girl.
Two magical quests.
Three riddles will set her free.’

Magical Masquerade is the recently published debut novel from Northern Ireland writer Claire Savage. When I read the blurb on this one, I knew my daughter Emily (age 10) would love it. A huge fan of magic and mystery, of fairies and other worlds, here was a book I just knew I would lose her to. Magical Masquerade is quite a big book at 400+ pages but as she has read all Harry Potter and is a lover of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy, I knew this would not be an issue with her….the homework didn’t get a look in though!!

Here is her review:

‘When she went to the beach one sparkling spring day, She picked up a pebble … and it whisked her away.’

‘When I first received this book in the post, I was extremely excited to discover what sort of mystical adventures would unfold.

After reading the first few pages, I knew it would be one of my favourites. I love how each page reveals something new and exciting.

This book, based in Northern Ireland, is about a young girl named Felicity Stone, who is whisked away to the fairy realm. With help from Bob the brownie, Hatchet the hobgoblin and many others, she must put an end to the ‘mysterious smugglers causing mayhem’ and releasing dark forces into the realm.

Much to her dismay, the only way to return to the human realm is by solving three riddles set for her by the Rhyming Riddler. These riddles lead her to dangerous encounters, including goblins, witches, the banshee and more.

I loved all the characters but if I had to choose one, I would pick Felicity as she is brave, clever and would never let you down. Without her, I very much doubt the fairy realm would have lasted much longer.

I really recommend reading this book as it is exciting and full of adventure.

I give this book a 5* rating.’

(c) Emily Hearne

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