How about I tell you a story of a young girl, who wanted to be all grown up and decided to stop believing in fairies, magic and monsters and then one day something unusual happened to her. Something scary, that will make her reconsider her new beliefs.
Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew Cox
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I received this copy from the publisher via Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.
Ten-year-old Emma doesn’t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night—until she meets one.
She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan’s fanciful bedtime stories silly.
One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children’s tears.
Darkness comes calling on Emma’s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it.
Little Emma is trying so hard to be a responsible, clear-thinking girl. She wants to behave like an adult, doesn’t want to believe in monsters. But why would she? She’s still a child, why not let herself behave like one? Maybe she’s just scared, or maybe she wants to help her mom. Little does she know her mother more than believes in the strange creatures and magic, she knows it all exists.
For a story that’s rather short, this one starts slowly and picks up the pace as it goes along, showing us Emma’s adventures. Most of the time you don’t “see” the evil lurking around, you feel it there. You know something is watching, creeping about to catch you. Even if the author gives you few calm moments, when you think all the bad things are gone, there they are again! There will be no rest for Emma till the very end of the book, till the last piece of the puzzle falls into place, when everyone finds out what they needed to know. But what was it? What’s the big mystery here? What is the Banderwigh? To find that out, you will have to read the book and I strongly encourage you to do so.
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About the author
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.