Thirteen year-old Ennara Gaern expected studies at the Druidic Academy to be a breeze, and maybe studying magic with the world's druid leaders just a little exciting. But when she and her friends are expelled from the school for beheading a prize dragon turtle and creating zombie flowers, her world is turned upside down.
When a theft of magical artifacts is connected to her suspicious accidents at school, she and her friends must find the objects before the Druidic Council finds them, and starts a war. And on top of everything else, Ennara must learn a new form of magic to stop her necromancy from destroying her world.
Ennara and the Book of Shadows is the second book in the middle-grade fantasy series Ennara. It won a silver medal at the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for best pre-teen ebook.
About the Author
Angela studied biology and professional writing at the University of Victoria in Canada and San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, technical manuals for software, and freelance journalism before writing fiction.
Table of Contents1- Zombie Pansies; 2-The Origins of Dragons; 3-A Visitor Arrives; 4-Dragon Turtle; 5-Compelling Reasons; 6-The Telling Room; 7-The Council Towers; 8-Expelled; 9-The Artifact Vault; 10-Finding Cinne; 11-Star Stones; 12-The Holy Well; 13-Gargoyles and Bunkers; 14-Formul&tgrave;s Spell; 15-The Mindkeepe&rgrave;s Watch; 16-The Dark Crystal; 17-The Fallen Druid Returns; 18-Flight from Galdlan; 19-Equus ferus pegasi; 20-Air Battle; 21-Shooting Stars; 22-Dancing Bear; 23-The Cathedral; 24-The Spirits of Saints; 25-Wisdom and Love; 26-The Book of Shadows; 27-Dordonne Awakens; 28-Inunsolu&sgrave;s Favorite; Epilogue; A Note from Angela; About the Author; Acknowledgements; From Book 3: Ennara and the Silver Throne
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ennara is now at the Academy and studying magic but all is not well. During a simple lesson, she accidentally turns some flowers into zombies. Her magic is causing trouble and Ennara doesn't know why. Then she and her friends get locked into a room with a vicious Turtle and they have no choice but to kill it. Unfortunately, this seems to be the last straw and both Ennara and Kithe are expelled from the Academy. But the headmaster makes it known that it's for their own good because it seems that someone is out to do Ennara harm! Not only that but magical artifacts have been stolen and are being used to take over and control the staff of the Academy. Ennara and her friends are the only ones who can retrieve these and stop the curse from spreading. Can they manage it in time before the whole island is taken over? I really enjoyed book one of this but I have to say that Ennara and the Book of Shadows blew away Ennara and the Fallen Druid!! It was so much more than the last book and I loved it. Even though this starts a year after the ending of book 1, it feels like we haven't missed anything. this also starts with the action straight away with Ennara creating Zombie Flowers!! From there it's pretty much non stop the whole way through. I flew through this book so quickly and didn't want it to end. It reminded me of reading Harry Potter and being so eager to see what happens next. Ennara had grown a lot since book 1. She still isn't too confidant in her abilities but that made her feel more real. She battles with her emotions since her magic won't work properly but she plows through anyway. She makes her decision on which path she takes and does it whole heartily. She is such a strong and plucky character! I also loved the fact that a new character is added to the team. Cinne is a welcome addition and a possible love interest for Kithe?? It's nice that it's now a foursome because so often in books it's 3 heroes. Cinne is smart and brave and I can't wait to find out more about her. Anyway, overall Ennara and the Book of Shadows was awesome. It's a magical, adventurous and fantastical read. There's more action than the first and it's packed with a whole plethora of magical creatures. As my 10 year old said when he finished reading it "Even if the main character is a girl, I still really enjoyed it" That's high praise indeed ;)
If you haven't read the first book in the series (this is the 2nd), then I highly recommend you start there. Although this book can function as a stand-alone, the background information from the first story makes it much easier to dive into this book. Ennara finds herself in school but is having troubles being accepted. This sets the book off to a great start as Ennara is tormented by her classmates and ends up accidentally creating a zombie pansy plant. I couldn't help but laugh as she tried to get things under control. And this isn't the only amazing creature. As in book 1, Ennara's world is full of creative, fantasy beings - from scary to humorous. Of course, there's adventure. Mysterious artifacts have been stolen from the school. She must find them before it's too late and a horrible prophecy comes true. The search includes all sorts of adventurous places and scenes, sure to grab the interest of anyone interested in books similar to Harry Potter and Co. Ennara isn't alone. She has her true band of friends - wonderful characters - who help her overcome every obstacle. There's even some love interests going on, but these don't run out of control or risk throwing the story into the YA category. It was fun to follow the dynamics between these early teenagers. Although the story had a little less action than book 1, the plot still remained fast-paced, and I had no trouble reading the entire thing through. I would have liked to have seen a little more character development in regards to Ennara and hope this catches up in the next book. All in all, I think upper middle grade readers will enjoy it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in this series, and while you could read it as a stand alone, I would recommend you cover the previous book first. There is much allusion and detail that would be lost if you did not. The second installment picks up very soon after the end of the first book. We find our heroes learning how to hone their crafts. We are introduced to some new characters who prove very powerful and helpful for this round of adventure. More magical creatures: dragon, Pegasi, and Griffins as well as some newly invented ones. This book is a little less dark than the first and moves at a very brisk pace. There is little down time for our group of adventurers here. Again, I would recommend this one for more of a middle grade audience than the beginning chapter book reader just because of some thematic elements. While this is a wonderfully written fantasy story, there isn't much character development going on. The story advances very linearly and doesn't provide any surprise arcs to be explored in subsequent stories. A very enjoyable read nonetheless but without the substance a second book should have to pull the saga along.