“As they crested the next hill, a set of towering gates rose in the distance. TwoSpells.”
Sarah and Jon are taken by their mother to visit their grandparents in Wales for summer vacation instead of somewhere fun, or so they think. Near their grandparents’ house looms a castle called TwoSpells that seems to call to the twins. Mysterious things start to happen as they wait to be taken to TwoSpells – gnomes that wink, questions that the grandparents refuse to answer and her mother and boyfriend taking off very quickly without saying where they are going. They guess the land they are in is strange, but their visit to TwoSpells confirms it.
I was asked to review TwoSpells by its author through my blog. The story seemed interesting as it dealt with a castle, magic, books and children. I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair review. I’m always looking for good young adult fiction for my children to read.
TwoSpells starts out interesting with the children establishing a relationship with their grandparents and trying to uncover secrets. When they start exploring TwoSpells, a place where you can travel into books, the story starts to get confusing. There are many fights, many different and new creatures and magic that isn’t very well explained. By the end, I lost track of who was on what side, but the twins do finally figure out who their father is and why they are so enchanted by the magic at TwoSpells.
I think children who enjoy complex literature would enjoy this story and would follow it better than I could. It didn’t grab me as they threw up after traveling through different books, but younger children might find that more interesting. I think the book would be for middle school readers or older.