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Book Three in The Witches of Galdorheim Series
A Novel by Marva Dasef
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release: April 6, 2012
Editor: Nancy Bell
Line Editor: Penny Ehrenkranz
Cover Designer: Kaytalin Platt
JUV037000 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
JUV022030 JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / NorseJUV012030 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Kat expects to have a great time on her graduation trip to Stonehenge. However, from the moment she leaves the witches’ arctic island, Galdorheim, she gets in nothing but trouble. Her younger half-brother tries to horn in on her trip, she gets lost in the magical Otherworld realm, is led astray by a supposed friend, then she has to confront a Scottish goddess who’s fallen on hard times.
While dodging the goddess’ minions and trying to find her way out of the Otherworld, Kat soon learns she shouldn’t underestimate the old has-been for one second; the crone still has a few tricks that can drain a witch’s magic in a flash. To make matters worse, Kat's brother secretly followed her into the Otherworld. Now he’s in danger, too. Kat has to go one on one with the goddess to save herself and her brother.
When Galdorheim was no more than a speck on the horizon, Kat left topside and went below. The supply boat often carried passengers, so Sean had made a small, but comfortable, lounge on the lower deck. Kat reached the bottom of the steps and stopped in her tracks.
“Why, hello, Katty. How nice to see you.”
Kat wrinkled her nose. She’d forgotten Merry would be traveling at the same time. She walked to the opposite side of the lounge from Merry and slung her pack to the floor. Flopping on the couch, Kat glared at her nemesis. “Yeah, right.”
Merry jumped up and stood in front of Kat. She stuck her hand out. “Bygones?”
Surprised, Kat sighed and conceded a truce. It might make the boat ride more bearable. “Sure, bygones.” It wouldn’t help to stay mad at Merry. After all, she couldn’t help being a spiteful b...witch. Pasting on a smile, Kat extended her hand to Merry. Before they touched a flash of violet spit from Merry’s fingertips. Kat jerked her hand back as the electric bolt zapped the nail of her index finger sizzling it down to the quick. Merry threw back her head and laughed.
“You’re such a tool, Katty. I’ll miss having you around for entertainment.”
“You’d better watch your back,” Kat snarled.
Merry deliberately turned her back on Kat and traipsed across the lounge. “What? You’ve got nothing? I didn’t think so.” The witch smirked and dropped into her chair with her arms folded across her chest.
“I learned manners from my mother. Looks like yours just didn’t give a rip how you turned out.” Kat looked at her burned fingernail and spoke a soothing spell under her breath. “Look,” she said, glaring at Merry. “Just a word to the, well, not wise, but a word of advice. If you do stuff like that out in the real world, you might end up in jail...or worse.”
Merry pulled an emery board from her hand-stitched, silk purse and flipped her hair back over her shoulder. “Whatever.”
Kat walked toward the stairs leading up to the deck. “I think I’ll ride up top.”
Merry waggled her fingers. Kat recoiled, fearing another attack. Merry snickered. “Buh bye, Katty.”
Kat took a deep breath, trying to tamp down visions of the other witch’s hair in flames. Lovely as that might be, she was determined not to sink to Merry’s tawdry level. She climbed up to the deck and headed toward the bow and the cabin where Sean steered the boat. She heard Sean’s booming bass raised in song, a sea shanty about what to do with a drunken sailor. When he reached the chorus, he harmonized with himself and sounded like a whole barbershop quartet. She smiled and listened for a couple of minutes. She’d heard him many times use his special magic at the Witches’ Cauldron singing Irish ballads. With his pea jacket and braided captain’s cap, he looked every inch the master and commander of a fine ship, even if it was a dumpy, wallowing supply boat.
She slid the door aside, and Sean stopped. “Go on, Cap’n. I love your singing.” He glanced at Kat’s burnt fingernail. “Let’s fix that up first.”
Sean held out his hand, and Kat laid hers in it. The warlock’s spell grew her nail and erased the burn. “Sorry about that. I had a suspicion she came aboard early just to give you grief.”
“It’s okay, Sean. She’s just like that. Someday, she’ll get hers.”
“I’d like to be there when it happens.” He looked through the windshield. “Looks like clear sailing. Would you like to take the helm for a while?”
Kat grinned. “I’d love to.” She moved into position in front of the old-fashioned big wheel studded with spokes for handholds.
Sean pointed to the compass. “Just keep on this heading.”
“Aye, aye, Cap’n. Oh, I forgot to check. Did the ultralight get loaded okay? I should have thought to see if it would fit in my foldbox.”
“Fred’s magic box? I think your little plane would have overloaded it. Anyway, it’s snug as a bug in the hold. I could have sworn I heard it say your name.”
Kat smiled, remembering the brave little plane that almost gave its life to save hers just last spring. “I’m going to have to give him a name. Or maybe he already has one.”
Sean shrugged. “You should have asked Einar. He built the thing, after all. Me, I’ll take a good solid ship anytime. The thought of flying sittin’ on a broomstick gives me the heebie-jeebies.”
“What? You don’t fly by broom?”
“Truth be told, I always thought brooms were better for witches than warlocks.”
Sean slid the door open. “I’ll be back to relieve you in about a half hour. I just want to check that everything is battened down properly.”
“Sure. Take your time. This is kind of fun.”
Ms Dasef has the ability to write a series and make each book seem fresh and different from the previous one. At the end of each novel I believed I knew the characters well but Scotch Broom reveals yet another layer to the characters and world. Sue's Book Reviews...READ THE FULL REVIEW
About the Author:
Marva Dasef lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a fat white cat. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation. Marva has published more than thirty-five stories in a number of on-line and print magazines, with her stories included in several Best of anthologies, and several books in print and e-book formats.
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