Books, YA

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill Book Review

“Not every story is true. And sometimes the things that were wicked become the things that save us, and the things that were good doom us to misery and pain.”

Excerpt from:
The Witch’s Boy
by Kelly Barnhill
Synopsis From Goodreads

When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Across the forest that borders Ned’s village, Áine, the daughter of the Bandit King, is haunted by her mother’s last words: “The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his.” When the Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, Áine and Ned meet. Can they trust each other long enough to cross a dangerous enchanted forest and stop the war about to boil over between their two kingdoms?

This was an absolutely fantastic book to read. It’s about a kid who has been separated from his twin. Kelly weaves the story of the child, his mother, and his father’s love, tragedy, and complicity. The story also involves a young woman who had a wonderful mother and father till the mother passed away and her father changed. By inference, the magic links the child and the young lady. The whole plot revolves on the enchantment, its origins, and the impact it has had on their lives. Overall, the story flowed nicely; the characters were engaging and distinct, and the perspectives of the two main characters seemed fitting for their ages. I also realized that while the book was meant for a young demographic, it was also a pleasant experience for an older reader like me. There was magic and danger, as well as love and misery. Because of their experiences, the characters and the notion of their links altered. There were few unexpected happenings here, which may have been the creator’s intention, but it still astounded me.

This is also a lovely fantasy tale with enthralling characters, in my opinion. I felt like I was transported back to my childhood while reading stories like these. I also had the impression that there were aspects of this universe, its geology and history, that I didn’t always understand because they were relevant to the plot. Their secrets, on the other hand, added to the overall expressiveness of the piece. This might lean younger or older, since I can picture Ned and Aine as children as well as adults. Regardless, the novel does not simplify its main ideas about power, debasement, love, and disaster for young readers of all ages. I was really pleased with the characters as a whole, and I enjoyed witnessing their passionate development as the tale progressed.

With regard to the author, she is well knowledgeable in her works. The story is well written. The piece itself is worth reading. She  uses words to convey a setting, an emotion, develop characters, and so on. It was breathtaking. There are countless instances throughout this story. What’s really going on here is about love and sacrifice. Choosing between good and evil is a difficult task.

This book for me is highly recommended… ☺️

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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