Fallon O’Reilly is the youngest daughter in a family of witches. Her birth was prophesized as the one who “must sacrifice that another may succeed.” Now twelve-years-old, Fallon is excited to be attending her very first year at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. The family is on a shopping expedition to purchase books, robes, potions and other supplies for the new term. Fallon and her cousin Ardis are soon on their way to school and new adventures. During an unpleasant encounter on the journey they meet another first-year student, a boy named Eddie. The three soon become inseparable friends.
Set in remote Alaska, this charming story is suitable for both adults and youth. The story flows steadily and smoothly towards a satisfying conclusion that begs for a sequel. The descriptions of the wild and beautiful Alaskan landscape are often simply breathtaking. In this setting resides the huge, hulking Borealis Academy, a virtual fortress of secret passage ways, odd rooms, and hidden towers. Fallon and her friends are cheery, likeable protagonists who refuse to be bullied by jealous rivals or outsmarted by circumstance. As the mystery deepens, strange and frightening creatures appear, loyalties are tested, new alliances are formed, and old villains return in search of a lost treasure. This is a fun and imaginative novel that is certain to appeal most especially to fans of the Harry Potter series and is sure to please those of us who crave magical reads with an American flavor spiced with an Alaskan essence.
Magic lives in the Americas, too…
Land of the Midnight Sun. The Aurora Borealis. Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Dog sleds. Mount Denali. 60 degrees below zero. Moose. Grizzly bears. Salmon. Gold nuggets. Blueberries. Bunny boots and duct tape.
To most people, the word “Alaska” evokes visions of a wild, mysterious land, but for Fallon O’Reilly, it means home. Growing up in a village hidden deep in the wilderness, she eagerly anticipates her first sojourn at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. Nothing dampens her enthusiasm; not the creepy bookseller, her sisters’ nagging or the world’s nastiest classmate.
However, when village inhabitants disappear, someone murders a student’s pet and she suffers a near-fatal attack by a horrible, hairy creature, Fallon’s curiosity draws her into a dark mystery. Can a twelve-year-old witch, together with her wheelchair-bound cousin and new found friend from Wyoming, uncover the identity of the evil behind the chilling events?
From the wind-swept tundra to the frozen peaks of Mount Denali, Fallon’s struggle to protect the school and her fellow students encompasses a journey of far more breadth than she expected.