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Mistress of the Storm by M. L. Welsh

Mistress of the Storm

by M. L. Welsh

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I really enjoyed this book. The story draws you in and pulls you along until the breathtaking conclusion. I found myself thinking about this book when I wasn't reading it, and anticipating what would happen to Verity next.

I loved the incorporation of magic into Verity's world. The author made it seem entirely natural and not at all shoe-horned in for the sake of plot conveniences.

At the heart of this story is a girl who is looking for a place where she belongs, which makes this fantastical story easy to relate to.

Lastly, I would love to travel to the town of Wellow. I also recommend that people who are hesitant about this book to give it a try. Happy reading! ( )
  hawaiianmermaid701 | Jan 16, 2016 |
Verity feels as though she doesn't fit in - she has no friends and when her her mysterious grandmother arrives - she seems to hate her. A mysterious book about the Mistress of the Storm and a curious wooden ball lead Verity and her new-found friends, assisted by the librarian, on a quest to find the truth of her family's past. ( )
  RefPenny | Mar 31, 2011 |
Verity is the inept eldest child who doesn’t feel that she fits within her family or her village of Wellow. One day she discovers a strange man reading an ancient red book in the local library. She gives chase when he runs away with it, finally catching up with him as he is hopping into a rowboat; she demands the book’s return. He hands it over along with an unusual round object. These two items are to have a major impact upon her life as she struggles to uncover the truth behind her family history of smugglers, ship-wreckers and inventors. Only with an understanding of this history can she piece together events that are unfolding now. The sudden appearance of her grandmother, a powerful witch whose evil disposition only Verity perceives, does not help the situation along with the appearance of the old smuggling ship ‘The Storm.’

Unfortunately this book tends to jump from one scene to another in a jumbled mash which could have been corrected to establish a flow to the action. The time period seems peculiar but as it is set in a magical and mysterious world perhaps this is to keep the reader guessing. Superfluous characters could also have been edited out as they added little to the story but the Librarian, Miss Cameron, proves strong and supportive character. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Jan 5, 2011 |
Verity Gallant is a lonely schoolgirl descended from pirates and wreckers. When her grandmother comes to visit it becomes clear that parts of her family are very nasty indeed and that she will need the help of new friends and an unusual librarian to right old and new wrongs. At first this felt like another historical fantasy for girls but it soon unfolded as a magical tale with a very English sensibility that will appeal to all ages irrespective of gender. The true genius of this novel is an inherent mechanism that celebrates the reuse of tropes while establishing the basis for a beguiling series. ( )
  TheoClarke | Sep 8, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038575244X, Hardcover)

Verity Gallant is a lonely little girl who doesn't quite fit in. But when a mysterious stranger hands her an ancient book, everything changes. Suddenly it's up to her to solve the riddle of an ancient pledge and protect her family from the evil Mistress of the Storm. What hope does she have against a witch so powerful she can control the wind and create storms at will? Luckily, Verity does not have to face her enemy alone. As events begin to spiral out of control, she finds two loyal and steadfast friends to stand by her side.

The Storm is coming. And it will change Verity's life forever.

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After a stranger gives an ancient book to unpopular, twelve-year-old Verity Gallant, she and her new-found friends, Henry and Martha, uncover secrets stirring in the harbor town of Wellow and use them to face a powerful, vengeful witch.

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