Eva Ibbotson is one of my favourite authors of all time so I thought to myself, “Self, it’s not fair that we keep this author’s beautiful books between us. Should we write a post on one of them?” And myself said, “Yes, Princess Blabbermouth. I think we should. You’re the best!”
The cover features some fantastic artwork by Annabel Large and shows us a portrait of Madame Olympia, an enchantress, on both sides. The cover makes a point of using dark colours to show the themes of the book but I am impressed that they made the choice to employ some colour. As far as black book covers go, I have nothing against them but they seem a little generic to me.
The characters are all so interesting! I can’t pick a favourite because I like both the Shouter twins, Nancy and Nora. On their own they are shells, but together they are full of personality and life! They hate each other and make a point of showing it but they definitely can’t live without one another and that’s a fact.
I can safely tell you about the book without spoiling the best bits. Arriman the Awful is a dark and powerful wizard. He sets up a competition among the witches of Todcaster to find the one thing he is missing: a wife. But this comes with a lot of complications. Delve into the yellowed (if it’s old like my copy) pages of this book to experience a deliciously dark tale of weddings, witches and wickedly weird wellies! (Courtesy of Ethel Feedbag and her pig familiar).
Recommending This Book
I seriously recommend this book. Jam-packed full of magic and mess this is a read you will not forget!