The Castle of Tangled Magic

Illustrated by Saara Katariina Söderlund.

Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller. A Waterstones Best Book of 2020. A Sunday Times and The Times Children’s Book of the Year. Publisher’s Weekly starred review. The Times Children’s Book of the Week. A Primary School Book Club Pick.

Magic awaits, all you have to do is believe…

When thirteen-year-old Olia steps through a magical doorway, she discovers another land. A land tangled by magic, where hope is lost, and a scheming wizard holds all the power.

Soon Olia learns that she is destined to save this land, but with time running out and her new friends and family in danger, she must search for the magic within herself – to save everything and everyone she loves.

An enchanting fairy-tale adventure about the power of love and courage, and believing in magic against all odds, from the bestselling author of The House with Chicken Legs and The Girl who Speaks Bear.

Available from all good bookshops, including FoylesBlackwellsAmazon, and Hive.

Waterstones special edition has an exclusive extra chapter and inside cover art.

“Anderson combines classic storytelling with resonant themes of courage, belief and forgiveness in this delicious Russian-inspired fairytale. It may just be her best book to date.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller Editor’s Choice  

“An intimately cadenced adventure, rendering the magically charged setting a character of its own while emphasizing themes of perspective, family legacy, and following one’s gut.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Bursting with positivity, it revels in sibling and parental love, friendship and the idea of what home really means.” Nicolette Jones, The Times & The Sunday Times Children’s Books of the Year.

“Pure, glorious escapism.” Alex O’Connell, The Times Children’s Book of the Week.

“A tantalising tale amid stories of spirits … Funny, warm and engaging there is also a real sense of adventure.” Cumbria Life Book of the Month, review by Will Smith of Sam Read Books

“The Castle of Tangled Magic is a triumph. Filled with rich and descriptive detail, nail-biting suspense, important life lessons, a pulsing sense of danger, and all set against a lush and breathtaking backdrop full of mysticism and magic, this is just the sort of book that makes youngsters want to read.” Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post

“Utterly, spellbindingly beautiful – an enchanting read which begs reflection on the society we live in and how we remember our past.” Miss Cleveland, HLTA & School Librarian.

“A brilliant, captivating story.” Tales on Moon Lane.

“A true triumph of middle grade magic and imagination.” Gavin Hetherington; Bookseller, Booktuber and Host of Believathon  

“Wonderful!” Katherine Rundell, author of The Explorer

“A breathless, windswept adventure, full of magic and emotion. I loved it.” James Mayhew, author and illustrator.

“Beautiful and uplifting.” Peter Bunzl, author of Cogheart

“An enchanting and beautifully-told fairytale.” Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of How To Be Extraordinary


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