I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Thickety: A Path Begins by J. A. White
Series: The Thickety #1
Genres: Adventure, Middle Grade, Paranormal
Published by Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 496
Hand in hand, the witch's children walked down the empty road.
When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic . . . except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.
The black-leaved trees swayed toward Kara and then away, as though beckoning her.
The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story.
The Thickety: A Path Begins is the start of a thrilling and spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic.
Kara lay in bed thinking of names. Mother and Father had yet to settle on one, even though there was only six weeks left until she became a big sister.
Hand in hand, the witch’s children walked down the empty road.
What I thought of this book
The Thickety is kind of a dark, dreary novel for Middle Grade readers, but it did have me curious enough to finish though I can’t say it wowed me or anything. It’s about a commune type of place where they have separated themselves from the world and are following the path. Stay on the path and leave magic behind as magic is evil. If your caught doing magic you burn.
Kara is the daughter of a witch, and they made her watch her mother burn. They even wanted to burn her but a creature that can tell whether your a witch or not said she wasn’t a witch. That doesn’t keep everyone from calling her a witch or outcasting her and her little brother because her their mother.
Then one day a strange blackbird with an eye in it’s chest seeks her out and wants her to follow into the the Thickety. The Thickety is a forbidden place where you are not suppose to go but she follows anyway. She finds a grimiore and thinks it’s her mothers and that is why she was being led here.
The Grimiore is pretty evil and it really takes a toll on Kara and she learns that it’s not a good thing. It calls to her and it wants to her to do magic. Kara learns that she is a witch and there are consequences and when someone else with an evil heart gets a hold if it, trouble ensues.
The Thickety doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger but it does leave you curious about what will happen next. Kara is a very grown up twelve year old as she pretty much runs the house and goes to school. Her father sort of checked out after his wife was killed and leaves Kara to take care of Taff. She is also naive when it comes to magic and the grimiore but that is mostly because she was never taught. I really like Kara and her brother Taff and feel sorry for them.
Overall The Thickety was okay but I think it was a bit long winded as it is 488 pages and I really felt that it could have been cut down and still told the same story. I will read book two but with those kind of page counts it will be a while before I dive back into The Thickety and see what happens to Kara and Taff.