Begone the Raggedy Witches (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book One)

By Celine Kiernan

From multi-award-winning Irish author Celine Kiernan comes a fantasy adventure about witches and forbidden magic.

Ireland's answer to JK Rowling.” Sunday Independent A middle-grade fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Katherine Rundell. When witches kidnap Mup’s dad, she must journey to their home to save him, and so begins a fantastical adventure of rhyming crows, talking cats and outlawed magic. For Witches Borough is a dangerous place, ruled by a tyrannical queen and her band of raggedy witches.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406366020
  • Published: 01 Feb 2018
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 288

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Customer reviews


'[…] expect rhyming crows, talking cats and outlawed magic in Kiernan’s first middle-grade fantasy adventure. Beautiful cover' The Bookseller

'“a spellbinding novel […] full of enchantment, adventure, humour, friendship, and bravery. It celebrates difference and originality, and is populated with brilliantly unique and vivid characters […] a classic hero in the making.”' Parent Talk

'“Well-written, this is a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying story. Firmly in the tradition of classic tales of magic such as Narnia, and with hints of Tolkien and Susan Cooper too, readers would also enjoy Peter F. Hamilton’s The Queen of Dreams series.”' Andrea Reece LoveReading4Kids, February 2018 Book of the Month

'The reader will be hooked from the very first sentence. Being the first book in the trilogy, there is a lot of information about the characters and the witches' world to introduce to the reader but the story moves on quickly with some terrifying battle sequences and revelations.' School Zone

'“This is seriously creepy stuff from the Irish Queen of Young Adult fantasy. However, the promise of a happy ending should persuade a younger demographic to conquer any fear, and if they do they will be rewarded with a journey into a magical realm that is not so distant from reality, where a young girl has the power to take on a tyrannical queen.”' Irish Times

'This is a magical, wild and adventurous tale. Celine Kiernan has a gift for powerful atmosphere and pitch-perfectdialogue. A cracking adventure story.' Children's Books Ireland

'Author Article' Children's Books Ireland

'“I really enjoyed Begone the Raggedy Witches, in particular the rhymes that the animals had to speak in.” ' Toppsta

'“Read by Toby age 10. Toby made a YouTube video for his review He loved the book. We had actual tears when we couldn’t find books 2 and 3 today in WHSmith!” ' Toppsta

'“It’s not often I read a fantasy book but I really enjoyed this one and will be reading the next two in the trilogy. It’s a bit dark and scary in places but I think it adds to the story and makes you want to read on.”' Toppsta

'“It was gorgeously magical, beautifully written and unique, with deep, resonant questions about power and family and responsibility, and three generations of fierce, fascinating women all off on a fantasy adventure together.”' Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

'“The prose holds a potent spookiness that will enchant readers beyond the last page.”' Irish Examiner

'“Kiernan's writing swells with colour, magic and passion.”' The Irish Independent

'“I cannot possibly praise Raggedy Witches enough. Combining magic, adventure and a real family story, it is a rare and wondrous book; one that I will read again and again. Please just read it.”' Fallen Star Stories

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