Dominique Valente: Starfell – Willow Moss and the Lost Day
Dominique Valente: Starfell – Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale
Dominique Valente: Starfell – Willow Moss and the Vanished Kingdom
I’ve said about several books already that they are my favorite, but I can only say the same about this one as well. The story is a perfect fairy tale: with dragons, wonders, wizards and witches. The author herself admits she suffers from a Benjamin Button type disease, meaning she grows younger the older she gets. She was working as a journalist until her early thirties, but now she spends more of her time dreaming of magic. Her middle grade book series is for those who felt that they just didn’t fit in.
The main protagonist of the story is Willow, who is the least powerful sorcerer of her family. Her ability is finding lost things: socks, keys, or even dentures… Useful ability, but we must admit, not particularly exciting. But one day, though, Starfell’s most powerful witch visited Willow to ask for her help in finding something, a lost day, Tuesday.
The book reminded me of Tolkien’s tales (Farmer Giles of Ham, The Smith of Wooton Major, or the Roverandom). The story of a journey in which our heroes make friends and overcome obstacles together. The map and beautiful illustrations were made by Sarah Warburton. The world of Starfell is magically precise and consistent. I was afraid the third book would be the last because there was so much more to be written about this world, but I think there is more to come. I can’t wait!