Review – The Night of the Solstice by LJ Smith

Today we hear from Bookbabbler Sarah. She’s been reading Vampire Diaries’ author LJ Smith’s re-released book, out in September.

The Night of the Solstice – LJ Smith

When Claudia Hodges-Bradley meets a fox, she knows it will be an extraordinary day. Not just any fox, this vixen is the magical familiar of the sorceress Morgana Shee. For years, Morgana has guarded the solitary gate between Earth and the Wildworld, a shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. She alone holds the secret of the mirrors that serve as the last surviving passage to enchantment. But Morgana has been betrayed and imprisoned in the Wildworld, and the fox is determined to recruit Claudia and her siblings for the rescue mission. Armed only with courage and determination, Alys, Charles, Jane and Claudia must save Morgana before the winter solstice, when evil sorcerer Cadel Forge plans to escape the Wildworld and conquer Earth. And with December 21st only 2 weeks away, there is no time to lose…

The story begins with Claudia, the youngest of four siblings being drawn by a vixen to a strange house. It is here that Claudia learns she must recruit her brothers and sisters to help Morgana Shee, an imprisoned sorceress, who is guardian to the mirrors which are gateways between the stillworld (Human earth) and the Wildworld (magical universe).

The story focuses on four children Alys, Charles, Janie and Claudia. Despite being brothers and sisters they very rarely spend time with one another. However, the plot brings them closer together and the reader can feel them forming a strong bond. The children must find their way through a secret passage to the Wildworld in order to save Morgana and the whole stillworld from Cadal Forge.

I found the names in this book to be brilliant and so inventive, as was the description of the various locations. The Night of the Solstice is a real page turner at points, I found that I couldn’t really put it down as I was desperate to find out what happened next.

It is a super book and, I think, suitable for children and adults alike – 10/10!

Thanks, Sarah. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children’s Books for sending us a copy.