Book Review: The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe

Reviewed this for Booksellers NZ – Reposting my review from their site…

Available in bookshops nationwide.

cv_the_locksmithWho is the Locksmith, and what role does he play in this fantasy tale? You will keep this question in mind as you read through the adventures of Lucinda Guillierre, a young girl living with her stepsister Claire and her stepmother, in the magical world of Frankland, ruled by The Office.

The Office was created in historic times by the Great Coven, which established the four offices of Air, Fire, Earth, and Water, and their leaders. Each Office has a Guild, for the study and training of Witches and Wizards of each element.

Unsettled by her lack of magical progress, she resigns herself to a future as a normal person, but agrees to take her sister Claire to challenge the path to meet the Fire Warlock, to have a wish granted. She takes with her, her only true possessions her father left her —two large books…

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The Human Cure – Tracy Auerbach

If you’re a fan of vampire stories – from Bram Stoker to Stephanie Myers and beyond– Tracy Auerbach’s take on the mythical horror characters will give you a different viewpoint from any you’ve held till now. Fictional (well, of course), for young adults as well as the more mature reader, the story places a real … Continue reading The Human Cure – Tracy Auerbach

A Taste of Gold, by Deryn Pittar

In this cross-over of genre for the author, she has introduced two characters –  twins Levi and Jason, whose skills give them a mental telepathic communication link, and a sensing of precious minerals—gems or metals. As college age scholars of geology, they are in New Zealand to explore the Coromandel area for its old gold … Continue reading A Taste of Gold, by Deryn Pittar


Puzzle—how can your mother walk off on an errand and never be seen or heard of again?  How can you, as a young teenager in your final secondary school year, focus on the expectations to get back into the usual cycle of school and friends? How do you cope with the turmoil in the neighbourhood, … Continue reading MISPLACED – by Lee MURRAY