The Puppet Spell
Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master...
'OMG, my hat goes off to Miss Adams. "The Puppet Spell", is a mind-bogglingly crafted novel...I love the intricate web that is interwoven throughout the story. It leaves you wondering what's real and what has been created from the mind of Adams. It's Harry Potter meets The Matrix. It's a fast-paced story that left me gripping the end of my seat waiting for the next scene to start. Adams's debut novel is a must have! Its original take on magic and other worlds will have you placed under a spell of its own.' - YA author Elle A. Rose (Amazon review)
'Adams has crafted an entertaining fantasy tale with some nicely creepy moments. This novel is aimed at a young audience and should be extremely well received...a brilliantly written adventure story.' - Fantasy author Sharon Stevenson (Amazon review)
"it is easy to see that you are a very gifted writer. I am so impressed by your talent and the story. It has appeal not only for kids but adults as well. I think you will go far with this. Six stars!" - Authonomy review
"You have a wonderful narrative voice for children’s literature." - Authonomy review
"To me it felt like a mixture between Narnia and Dr Who, whilst at the same time being very original and not easy to predict." - Authonomy review
"You have a great idea and have written it wonderfully! The writing is clean and consice, with no words wasted. Your settings and circumstances are described vividly and placed me in the story. All of the characters have distinct personalities and their quirkiness is fresh. You are obviously very talented! This story is put together incredibly well. Highly marketable, very highly starred, and most enjoyable." - Authonomy review
"High stars from me – this is one of the most satisfying reads in this genre I’ve come across in a while." - Authonomy review
A voice spoke. It sounded like a lion would speak, if it could talk.
I WARNED YOU!
In a way that would probably have been comic to watch, Lucinda and I turned, slowly, to see Spider the cat sitting between us and the door.
‘The cat just spoke,’ said Lucinda blankly.
‘I know,’ I said.
‘Cats don’t talk.’
‘I know that, too.’
I’m not a cat. And I told you to stay away from here. The voice undoubtedly came from the cat, but at the same time his mouth wasn’t moving at all. I had the sneaking suspicion that I could hear the voice inside my head.
‘You tried to claw my face off,’ said Lucinda, in a voice devoid of its usual confidence. It appeared that she, like me, was experiencing a temporary withdrawal from reality. It was strangely like playing a first-person video-game, seeing it through someone else’s eyes while not actually being a part of what was happening. For the life of me, I couldn’t move or say a word.
A mere warning. Now I’m going to erase your memories. When you wake up, you won’t remember any of this.
‘Seriously?’ Lucinda raised an eyebrow. How she could manage that was a mystery. I couldn’t move a muscle, let alone express sarcasm.
No, not really. I’m not allowed to use that kind of magic on humans.
Lucinda laughed. It sounded too high-pitched, not like her voice at all.
Devon ordered me to protect you in his absence. I am bound to serve him, but I seem unable to prevent you from getting into trouble.
‘We aren’t getting into trouble,’ said Lucinda. ‘We’re just looking.’
Defiant as ever. Now, what about you? Spider fixed his penetrating gaze on me. Cat got your tongue? He laughed. A growling chuckle.
Somehow, I managed to remember how to speak again. ‘Are you some kind of hallucination?’
Unfortunately for you, I am not. Now leave.
And somehow he was behind us, and pushing us towards the door - I had the distinct impression of a larger animal behind me, lion-sized or even bigger, but I found I couldn’t turn my head to look - and then we were out of the door facing an ordinary-sized Spider sitting on the stairs.
It didn’t occur to me to argue. Suddenly I was bone-tired - all I wanted to do was lie down and go to sleep. Is this some kind of spell? I wondered drowsily. I walked mechanically, like a lifeless doll propped up only by strings. In silence I lay down on my bed, and I closed my eyes.
The last thought that passed fleetingly through my mind was the image of Lucinda slipping a small bottle into her pocket. Then I fell into a dreamless sleep.
About The Author:
Emma is a 21-year-old author from Birmingham, UK. When she isn't reading voraciously, studying, or taking every opportunity to travel, she can be found in front of her writing desk.
Having aspired to be a writer since the age of ten, Emma aims to give life to her (admittedly bizarre) daydreams, through creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel THE PUPPET SPELL, published in January 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of traditional fantasy, mythology, and video games.
When not living the crazy life of an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Lancaster University, Emma reluctantly resides in the attic in her parents' house in Birmingham. Local rumour is that she is working on a dark fantasy series for mature young adults featuring demons and other assorted night terrors.
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