Emma and the Banderwigh

Emma and the Banderwigh

by Matthew S Cox


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ISBN-13: 9781949174519
Publisher: Division Zero Press
Publication date: 10/13/2018
Series: Tales of Widowswood , #1
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 997,254
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.43(d)

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Emma and the Banderwigh 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
fcheavenly More than 1 year ago
Overall rating: 5 My very first thought after I finished reading this was, “ I wonder if there is a hard copy that I can send to my granddaughter?” All I found was a paperback which will have to do. A perfect read for the pre teen reader, one thing I feel that stood out the most was that this author truly captured the personna and emotions of Emma and her siblings. Sincere yet ever so innocent, Emma grabs a readers attention and holds fast as she faces, many times reluctantly, each new trial and lesson that life sets forth. NaN, of course, went about influencing Emma’s beliefs in the most perfect way. I totally finished this book wondering if there is more to come with these characters. All my reviews are voluntarily written.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Emma and the Banderwigh: Tales of Widowswood Book 1 by Matthew S. Cox is a fantastical children's story that revolves around ten-year-old Emma who lives with her parents, her brother Tam, and her Nan in a small two-bedroom house. Her mother helps in the village and her father is captain of the guard. Her mother and Nan are druids and Emma learns that she too has magical powers. Things change when one morning an older girl, perhaps sixteen, comes out of the woods. The entire town whispers about a child-stealing monster that lurks in the forest. It is at that time Nan tells Emma about Banderwigh who lives in the darkest parts of the forest and feeds on sadness. With its imaginative characters, magical elements, fantasy, druids, family love, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, and horror, the book is a compelling read. All the characters are well portrayed and Emma’s character is real, relatable, and memorable. By sketching a dark world, the author makes the story eerie and adventurous, one that will keep young readers glued till the very end. The twists and turns in the plot give the story many layers, and the story also has a child abuse angle which adds to the darkness, along with the dark forest and the Banderwigh. The narration is detailed and descriptive and will take readers right into the scenes and the story. The author keeps the tempo of the story till the very end, thereby giving it a good pace and movement. There are no dull moments in the plot and I am sure that, like me, young readers will be waiting for the sequel.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Emma and the Banderwigh (Tales of Widowswood #1) by Matthew S. Cox is another wonderful tale by one of the best fantasy writers out there. Not once, while reading this, did I think this was book was for children. This is a book that will cross all age levels. I was so wrapped up in the adventure, the family, the village, the monsters, that I felt I was part of the story! Cox can do that to a person! I felt I was an invisible part of this family and I loved it. Great fantasy, imaginative creatures, magic, and something in the writing that is not describable, it has to be felt by the reader. This is an excellent book for kids of all ages 10 to 100. Loved it, 10 stars!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Emma doesn’t believe in monsters or faeries but when a young girl stumbles out before her, Emma views of the forest quickly begin to change. For it was said that the Banderwigh had taken Hannah a decade ago and now standing before Emma, weak and alone, Hannah has suddenly reappeared. Why was Hannah returned and where has she been? Only one person has ever seen the Banderwigh, but their grisly stories have kept individuals from traveling into the dark forest that lines the community. They belong in the gloomy woods, these faerie monsters, as their existence depends on these grave conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of these monsters of the forest and the tales of their existence, their uniqueness was entertaining and they provided great opportunities for the characters to show their abilities. Emma’s innocence provides an excellent starting point for this novel. Emma wasn’t going to fall for the childish stories of faeries and monster, until Hannah walked into her life. Nan’s bedtime stories of potions and princesses were childish stories for Emma’s brother but she quickly was taken by them and loved them. As Emma cares for her brother in the privy late one night, their lantern goes out. An immense shadow came over them and Emma screams. When they awaken, they are not at home. They are not alone. It is true, the stories Emma has heard about the monsters of the forest but now what does she do? As Emma begins to see the world differently, she struggles to accept the changes that are occurring. She has to reach inside herself to find her own strength and to decipher reality from illusion. Her Nan has instructed her and now, Emma must utilize her talents. Her adventures were fantastic; such wonderful writing took me on a wonderful journey to places only my imagination would take me. 4.5 stars Thank you Curiosity Quills Press and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest opinion.