Publisher: Bloomsbury

Tod has come to terms with her mother's untimely death but when her father disappears it is almost too much to bear. And when the loathsome Garmin kidnap her friends and destroy her village she has no good reason to stay.

Fulfilling her mother's final wish, Tod journeys to the Wizard Tower where she finds not only Magyk and friendship but violence and danger. 

Although the concept is a familiar one - orphan child mistreated by a mean relative discovers secret, magical powers that can be used to conquer the forces of evil - the treatment of Tod's story is engaging and absorbing. A whole world of fantastical possibilities is left open for future books in this new series.

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