Cinders & Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

Genre: Middle Grade

Pub Date: Oct 13, 2020

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was a really fun middle grade read with witches, magic, a dark castle, curses and ghosts!

It was a very well-written story, with a great cast of characters. Zita reminded me of a young Cinderella but with the powers of a witch, and Mrs. Cantanker was like Lady Tremaine with the ability to summon unearthly things.

It was a slow journey with the bulk of the action happening within the last 5 chapters, but something was always happening along the way to keep the reader entertained.

Would definitely recommend it for a witchin good time!

Twelve-year-old Zita, an orphan and a housemaid, has resigned herself to a life of drudgery when a strange letter arrives, naming her the only living heir to the Brydgeborn fortune. Now the mistress of the castle, Zita soon realizes foul play led to the death of her family. And as she is guided through lessons in the art of witchcraft by the somewhat mysterious Mrs. Cantanker, Zita begins to wonder who is friend and who is foe.

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