Scent of Magic by Cliff McNish
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Scent of Magic
By Cliff McNish

The Scent of Magic

Book 2

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Scent of Magic by Cliff McNish

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Rachel and her brother are extraordinary. She is a spell-maker. He is a destroyer of spells. The High Witch, Heebra, wants Rachel and Eric crushed, and her enemies, the Wizard's, destroyed. A party of witches is dispatched to find the thousands of children with powers like Rachel's, and turn them into a ferocious army. Can Rachel and Eric stop the witches and win the battle between good and evil? The second instalment of the classic Doomspell Trilogy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842550540
ISBN-10: 1842550543
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 159mm x 18mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » Book Two of the Doomspell trilogy sees Rachel, who fought and killed the wicked witch Dragwena on the planet Ithrea in the first book, pursued by Dragwena's vengeful mother, Heebra. The story opens with Rachel back on planet Earth with her brother Eric and Morpeth, Dragwena's former servant rescued from Ithrea. Morpeth - although now hundreds of years old - has been given his childhood back by the great wizard Larpskendya, and is living ostensibly as a boy with Rachel's family. As Morpeth comes to terms with having lost his magical powers, Rachel must deal with the magic awakened in her. She is having trouble controlling her spells, which seep out through her eyes and take over in her dreams when she will not use them purposefully. However she is soon to need them, as Heebra plots malevolent purposes for the magic now percolating through the children of Earth. Rachel's ability to fly and to shift location at will and Eric's talent for destroying spells are crucial to the coming conflict. The scary Heiki, a pale child who readily accepts Heebra's purposes, is trained to do battle with Rachel, aided by a gang of children who abduct Eric and Morpeth as part of the trap being laid for Rachel - and for Larpskendya. McNish imbues his story with sinister descriptions and plausible details. The writing is atmospheric and the plot gripping, as the children battle against awesome forces, often within themselves; armies of witches and wizards are pitted against each other, children fight children and turn against grown-ups. The climax, an appalling contest at the North Pole, tests all the children's courage and resolve. Its resolution, via a butterfly-loving toddler, may stretch the credulity of adults but ties in perfectly with McNish's underlying message. Ages 9-12 (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Cliff McNish

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His first book was THE DOOMSPELL, inspired by a story he told his young daughter. Since then he has published THE SILVER SEQUENCE and the highly acclaimed stand-alone supernatural thrillers, BREATHE (winner of the SALFORD and CALDERDALE BOOK AWARDs), ANGEL, SAVANNAH GREY, THE HUNTING GROUND and 2014's GOING HOME. His books have been translated into 23 languages, and are published to acclaim in the US. Find out more at, and follow him on Twitter @cliffmcnish and Facebook at

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