The daughter aka Natalya is reviewing a Frances Hardinge book for us today. Enjoy!
Well Witched by Frances Hardinge
Harper Collins, 2008
Hardcover, 390 pages.
Well Witched is the name that you will probably find it as, but in England, it was published under the name Verdigris Deep; a specific name for a type of rust that forms on coins, especially on the coins that lay at the bottoms of wells.
When first reading this book you are sure that it is going to be one of those thrilling and compelling adventures where this kind, caring group of kids magically receives awesome powers and goes around helping other people to repay a debt. But as you venture into this book, you will find that this is not the story at all. This is a book about the depth and the outsides of wishing. This book is about a goddess who lives in a well and knows nothing about what we really wish for. This is about breaking away when you know that what you’re doing is hurting people, not helping them. Our characters are not charming at all: Chelle, quiet, sort of smart but never stands up for anything; Josh, the leader of a group, extremely persuasive, a jerk; and Ryan, a character you end up liking, but with his own faults. This is a book about “the green prickly bit outside…[and]…another bit inside which is kind of the real wish”(262); Life, Death, Love, Revenge. This is a book that takes unexpected turns and draws you in deeper than you wish for. Follow the “well’s angels” as they discover what a wish truly is and attempt to fix things back to the way they were.
This book has outstanding plots, characters, settings, and descriptions, just like Francis Hardinge’s usual work. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I think this would be a good book for anybody who loves adventure, fantasy, and/or slight moral messages.
————-This read is part of Stainless Steel Droppings’ Once Upon a Time Challenge.