Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh [Review]

The Crowfield Curse (Crowfield Abbey, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh
Series: Crowfield Abbey #1
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release: September 1, 2010
Hardcover: 336 Pages
Publisher: The Chicken House
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
An angel is buried behind the abbey! It's 1347, and Will, an orphan boy, lives and works as an apprentice of the Crowfield monks. Sent into the forest to gather firewood, he stumbles across a trapped, wounded creature no bigger than a cat.The little goblin shares a terrible secret: Buried deep in the snow behind the monastery is an angel. But, Will wonders, how can an angel die? And what does this angel have to do with the history of Crowfield? When two cloaked strangers show up and start asking questions, Will is drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic. . (Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
The Crowfield Curse is a great Middle Grade reader book.  I really waffled between giving it a 4 and a 4.5.  Will is a great character.  He is kind and generous, which leads him to help a hobgoblin.  It turns out Will has The Sight which allows him to see past supernatural being's glamours.  This ends up getting him into trouble when the strangers start to suspect Will knows more than he lets on.  I loved the supporting characters and I thought it was a very fun book.  Walsh did a great job of bringing the 14th century to life.  I enjoyed the ending especially and it made me look forward to the next book.  I think this would be a great book for reluctant readers too, especially boys.  There's none of that yucky mushy stuff, haha!

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. The Crowfield Curse
2. The Crowfield Demon


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