by Alyssa Roat
Series: The Wraithwood Trilogy #1
Published by Mountain Brook Fire
Publication Date July 15, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Middle School, Paranormal, Young Adult
Setting: New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 11-14
Written for: Middle-School, High School/Young Adult
An estranged uncle, a mysterious mansion, and Arthurian legend—together they lead to a world of magic and bloodthirsty wizards who want teenage Brinnie dead.
Brynna “Brinnie” Lane has always lived a quiet life under the watchful eye of her hovering mother—until she’s sent off for the summer to live with an uncle she didn’t know she had. While her parents get to travel across the globe, she'll be spending three months in the middle of nowhere: upstate New York. It looks like she might spend the entire summer friendless with her nose in a book.
However, she soon finds that Wraithwood Estate, her uncle’s creepy old mansion, holds as many secrets as the man himself. When Brinnie is warned not to explore any of it, her curiosity only grows. As unnatural events take place and Brinnie hears whispers of a hidden war, she must unravel the truth about her family’s mysterious past if she wants to survive.
Something terrible happened at Wraithwood thirty years ago, and Brinnie is determined to find out what—even if it means confronting the possibility that magic is real.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I’m hooked! Now I’m waiting anxiously for the two remaining books in the Wraithwood Trilogy!
I have to confess to some trepidation about reading Wraithwood. I don’t read spooky stories – can’t stand witches, ghosts, goblins, and such. And don’t do gory. So when I received my advance reader copy and saw the synopsis, I hesitated and even contacted the author to make sure I knew what I was in for. Being reassured this was not going to be any of those things, I started to read.
What a great story! I immediately liked Brinnie and was as confused as she was by the strange things she witnessed at her uncle’s estate. Little by little, as secrets were revealed, I was anxiously awaiting the rest of the mystery to be explained. While some of the names should have been clues (and it would have helped if I re-read the synopsis) to the Arthurian legend aspects, I was as surprised to discover the identities of some of the characters as Brinnie was.
Completely age-appropriate for its intended middle-grade and high-school audience, Wraithwood is also an excellent read for an adult audience. The ending only had a hint of possible things to come and wrapped up the adventures quite nicely. So read this now, and wait with me for the rest of the Wraithwood Trilogy to release. Because I’m guessing that you will also want to be sure to read the entire series.