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The Crow Folk: The Witches of Woodville 1 (utgåvan 2021)

av Mark Stay (Författare)

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"As Spitfires roar overhead and a dark figure stalks the village of Woodville, a young woman will discover her destiny ... Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she's found out why. She's just stumbled across her late mother's diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations ... a witch's notebook. And Faye has inherited her mother's abilities. Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum's words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected."--Provided by publisher.… (mer)
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Titel:The Crow Folk: The Witches of Woodville 1
Författare:Mark Stay (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster UK (2021)
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In the summer of 1940 while Spitfires fly overhead in the Battle of Britain, magic and witchcraft happened in a Kentish village. Seventeen-year-old Faye discovered a book where her mother, who died when Faye was a baby, recorded runes, magical symbols, and an unusual ringing method for church bell-ringers. By opening the book, Faye inadvertently sparked some witchery. Local scarecrows with their bossy leader, Pumpkinhead, mysteriously come to life to terrorize the village.

I loved this book, the story, the characters, the setting, and the era and I look forward to following the series. As Terrence, Faye’s pub-owner Dad, says “It’s triffic, really triffic”. ( )
  VivienneR | Jun 10, 2024 |
Faye is a young girl living in Woodville, a village in Kent during the Battle of Britain. Her father owns the local pub and her mother died when Faye was little.
One day, strange things start to happen in Woodville, and they seem to have to do with the old book of her mother that Faye has found. The eerie Crow Folk are threatening the village and Faye feels like she might be the only one who realizes what is happening, and maybe even the one responsible for it.

I loved everything about this story: The characters, the setting, the magical elements. It is not overly creepy, more cosy with eerie elements, and the blending of fantasy and history are well done. There are elements of the British home front and the Battle of Britain, and the magic is there all the time, but Faye's situation, her feelings and the people around her are just as important.

Candida Gubbins is a wonderful narrator and I absolutely forgot that this was one person speaking - she is just so good and her narration is lively, yet authentic.

"The Crow Folk" just felt like a warm blanket sprinkled with a few goosebumps and a bit of excitement. It is not my usual type of story, which is why I am so happy that I found it through LT and this group. I will certainly continue with this series. ( )
  MissBrangwen | Mar 15, 2024 |
This is really very good. I approach books with magic with some degree of hesitation - too often it is used as a get out of jail free card when the author has written themselves into a plot corner and can't write their way out - cheating, in other words. I needn't have worried, in this world, the magic is the cause of the problem, but not necessarily all of the solution. This was recommended to me as it includes bellringing as an essential plot point - and it does. It also contains some rather good descriptions of elements of the art. Writing about a subject on which a lot of people know nothing and a few people know a lot - and getting it right - is a skill and the author has pulled it off here. There are some questions that the expert could pose, but in the main the emotion and the hair on the back of the neck element of ringing is fully captured. The timing, just as the ban on bell ringing was introduced is also interesting, in that it is the start of a series of measures, along with rationing, which has only been introduced for certain items at this point, that are part of a tipping point in 1940 between the phoney war and the blitz.
This feels like a book aimed at the YA market, the protagonist is 17 year of Faye and she seems a typical teenager - leaps into everything without looking and barely engaging brain first. but she's not insufferable, she does have her thoughtful side and moments of self doubt. The 3 witches of the village are an unlikely bunch and they all have their foibles. The setting, at the start of WW2 is also interesting, there are elements of foreshadowing, but not enough to be irritating. It is certainly humorous, and the characteristics of the villagers are well drawn, if slightly caricatured.
While I enjoyed this as a one off, I'm not sure I'm committed enough for the rest of the series. I'm glad I read it though. ( )
1 rösta Helenliz | May 19, 2022 |
Licht en luchtig heksenverhaal. Precies wat ik fijn vind om te lezen. Faye is een heks, alleen weet ze dat zelf niet totdat ze een boek vindt dat haar moeder haar heeft nagelaten met spreuken en recepten en een heel nieuw patroon om de klokken van de kerk te laten spelen. Haar moeder noemt het de Kefapepo-methode. Als Faye per ongeluk wat kleine dingen uitprobeert ontdekken de twee andere heksen in het dorp, die een beetje in het verborgene hebben geleefd, dat er nog een andere heks moet zijn. Al gauw ontdekken zij dat het Faye is.
De komst van een groep vogelverschrikkers onder leiding van Pumpkinhead, die op weg zijn naar de akkers zorgt voor heel wat consternatie in het rustige dorpje Woodville in Kent. De mensen zijn bovendien nog onder de indruk van het begin van WO II en nu hebben de overgebleven inwoners te maken met een heel nieuwe invasie.
Faye denkt dat zij weet wat ze moet doen, maar wordt wel tegengehouden door de andere 2 heksen. Gelukkig houdt ze voet bij stuk en loopt alles goed af. Alhoewel aan het einde van het boek de donkere wolken zich al weer samenpakken aan de horizon. Gelukkig komt er gauw een deel 2. ( )
  connie53 | Aug 23, 2021 |
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"As Spitfires roar overhead and a dark figure stalks the village of Woodville, a young woman will discover her destiny ... Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she's found out why. She's just stumbled across her late mother's diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations ... a witch's notebook. And Faye has inherited her mother's abilities. Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum's words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected."--Provided by publisher.

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