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Mistress of the Storm: A Verity Gallant Taleby M L Welsh
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Originally published in the U.K. and first in a planned quartet, Welsh's debut sweeps readers into the harbor town of Wellow, a place of magic, riddles, and mysteries. Verity Gallant is an unpopular and awkward 12-year-old girl who prefers to hide away in the library. That's where she encounters a stranger who gives her an ancient red book about the Keeper of the Wind, a witch rumored to be able to control the weather. This simple act changes Verity's life, leading to new friends and the discovery that she has amazing instincts for sailing. It also leads her deep into the history of her town — a tale of smuggling and dark secrets tied to Verity's family — even as old evils rise again. Welsh's prose is lovely, her characters are well-drawn, and the atmosphere of the town is palpable. In creating a place in the world where a story read aloud can become true, Welsh offers a benediction of sorts to readers, that 'every child who is alone or out of place will find the friends they need, and the love they deserve.' Ages 8 — 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
MELANIE WELSH spent her formative years in the sailing town of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight in England. The tightly-bound community, maritime history, and captivating landscapes were all sources of inspiration for the fictional town of Wellow in which The Mistress of the Storm is set.
Melanie now lives in Suffolk, near the seaside town of Southwold, with her husband Lucien and their two sons, Joe and Ben. To learn more about the author and her work, please visit VerityGallant.co.uk.
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