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Bad Spelling Witches of Galdorheim #1A klutzy witch a shaman's curse Witches of Epub #218 a uest to save her family Can Kat find her magic in timeIf you’re a witch living on a remote arctic island Bad Spelling Epuband the entire island runs on magic lacking magical skills is not just an inconvenience it can be a matter of life an. The reason I fell in love with this book had to do with the cover and the back blurb both of which reminded me of one of my favorite animated films Kiki's Delivery Service directed by the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki Like Kiki the heroine of this book struggles to find herself sometimes with comic results Most young adult fiction these days tend to be bad pastiches of the orginal bad pastiche Twilight so when I discover those rare books in which there's no heroine fail no mysterious but HAWT boy or the standard and useless love triangle then you have my interest I've been wondering for a while what the hell has happened to intrepid heroines like Tamora Pierce's Alannah Phillip Pullman's Lyra and other go get 'em girls who weren't content to let things just happen to them and who often embarked on grand adventures Sadder still is the fact that the dumbing down of YA heroines isn't being done by men but by women authors whom one would think knew better Bad Spelling brings back the intrepid heroine in all her non perfect yet still active in her own destiny glory It is also the first fantasy I've read in which the cultures of the farthest reaches of Northern Europe Norway Finland Siberia figures prominently while not whitewashing the Asian features of many people who live in these polar regions I especially loved how author Marva Dasef incorporated Norwegian legends into the narrativeThere is also a larger narrative in the book which is intolerance The prologue for Bad Spelling is set in 1490 at the height of the witch hysteria that swept throughout Europe and cost the lives of hundreds of thousands and perhaps an even higher number of innocent women men and children Tears welled in Edyth’s eyes “What they are doing to us ‘tis hateful Why cannot they just leave us be”He took Edyth’s shoulders pulling her to his chest “‘Tis not just us The inuisitors condemn many not of the craft They find black magic where it does not exist”His eyes darkened “‘Tis the fault of that wretched Heinrich Institoris and his cursed Malleus Maleficarum Even the Church has banned it yet the so called citizen courts use it to condemn any who disagree with them”Edyth shook her head her face grim “You speak the truth ‘Tis shameful they accuse whoever dissents be they witch or not”The few remaining witches and warlocks decide to leave Europe and travel to a remote island called Galdorheim where they can live free and out of sight from those they call mundanes humans without magical ability The island is protected by a magical shield which renders it undetectable and which makes the normally cold land hospitable to humanwitch life Fast forward to present day Galdorheim Kat is a young witch with a BIG problem Her spells even the simplest tend to backfire and usually there's green goo involved Okay so this is a plot device that's been used before but that's not the point It's how such a device is used and not glossed over or turned into something cute for whatever hunky mysterious HAWT BOY happens to eventually come along and save her from Kat really is a misfit being the child of a witch and a human And she's not the only one her brother Rune is a warlockvampire and has a rather difficult time controling his hunger around the sight of bloodKat feels like an outcast and little wonder when her mother and her aunt are some of the most powerful witches on Galdorheim However she discovers that perhaps her bad spellcasting may not be her fault and so begins a uest to find her father's family but to save her beloved home from eventual extinction With Rune as her traveling companion Kat discovers that her magical abilities work better the farther from Galdorheim she is On her uest she meets a trio of trolls one of whom is not all he seems the Mountain King a troll advisor who's still upset that a human girl guessed his real name LOL a giant helpful orcas and some pretty deadly lemmings She rescues and needs rescuingThankfully there's to come but Bad Spelling doesn't end on a cliffhanger I can't wait to visit Kat and the fantastically modern world of Galdorheim soon

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CHARACTERS ¾ Bad Spelling Witches of Galdorheim #1 Å [BOOKS] ✯ Bad Spelling Witches of Galdorheim #1 By Marva Dasef – A klutzy witch a shaman's curse a uest to save her family Can Kat find her magic in timeIf you’re a witch living on a remote arctic island and the entire island runs on magic lackinUt before she can she stumbles onto why her magic is out of whack a curse from a Siberian shamanThe young witch accompanied by her half vampire brother must travel to the Hall of the Mountain King and the farthest reaches of Siberia to regain her magic dodging attacks by the shaman along the way. Bad Spelling is Book One in the Witches of Galdorheim series The bad speller is Kat Katrina older half sister of Rune the young vampire warlock introduced in the series’s preuel Spellslinger Kat should be a powerful witch but something stops her spells from working properly Eventually she learns this is because of a spell a Siberian shaman placed over the area in which her mundane non magical father is encased in ice To overcome it she and Rune set off to find her father’s family and seek help at the Hall of the Mountain King But the shaman would rather they didn’t interfere and sets a few obstacles in their path I enjoyed both the humour and pacing of this book as well as the use of the Scandinavian mythology so often overlooked nowadays It was uite refreshing to find trolls portrayed as something other than dimwits mischief makers or monsters Kat and Rune are likeable characters as are the adults they interact with except for that nasty shaman of course I would definitely recommend this as a good read for tweens and teens interested in magic realms within our modern world

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D death–or at least a darn good Spelling Witches of Epub #224 reason to run away from home Katrina’s spells don’t just fizzle they backfire with spectacular results oftentimes involving green goo A failure as a witch Kat decides to run away and find her dead father’s non magical family B. Bad Spelling is a book that continues to cling to my mindThis book held me spellbound if you'll forgive the pun Marva is a wondrously witty author who had me smiling and laughing throughout the whole book But that doesn't really tell you what it's about does it Let me give you a uick sketchKat is a witch only she has trouble using her powers When she discovers that this is due to a spell on her father's frozen corpse she and her half brother Rune set out from their small arctic island to Siberia in order to find the shaman causing the spell and take it off That in a nutshell is what the book is about but those few sentences don't do it justice I immediately connected with Kat and loved her sometimes snarky brother Rune The story kept me reading when I should have gone to bed The excitement and adventure had me glued to the laptop reading on The world Marva created here was exuisite Even something as simple as a never ending ice box or a clock that verbally told the time when you asked Each of the characters was engaging even though I wished bad things upon those who made fun of Kat I can't wait to see the next book and discover whether or not the spell really will put an end to Kat's bad spellingCan I think of a bad thing to say about this book Not really It stands out in my mind as one of the best books I ever devoured I can't wait for the seuel which can't come soon enough for meDon't believe me Try out the book for yourself