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The Crowfield Curse

Walsh, Pat

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Crowfield Curse
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In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.
Publisher: New York : Chicken House, 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780545229227
0545229227
Branch Call Number: j WALSH 2010
Characteristics: 326 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm

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In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitte... Read More »


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Jan 01, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Crowfield Curse is defined by its folktale setting. Hobs, magic, and discovering the mysteries of this world fill up most of its pages. While it is fairly generic in its fantasy quality there is still something charming about the life of this boy, William, who is just finding out there is more to his world than he previously thought.

William himself is kind, brave, and smart, essentially he can do no wrong. This unfortunately makes him a rather bland character, even with the authors attempt to give him a sad, and sympathetic backstory. These beginnings feel they bare no influence on his motives. This disconnection is one of a few, for several characters motives are either lacking or unexplained.

The "enemy" flips between one person to the next as William learns more, and it is only by the end that the true enemy makes its appearance. For the most part the threat is kept to the shadows, using the atmosphere, the sense of watching eyes, and Williams cautious nature to exemplify this.

While the book has some dark deeds, none are explained in great detail, and its evil never feels horrifying, making this an acceptable novel for children, and with few like it out there, many will find it refreshing to the regular heroic tales.

Oct 19, 2011
  • tracythelibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although the main setting for this book is a Medieval monastery, there is lots of action and an original plot with lots of interesting twists. A great choice for thoughtful kids or a read a loud for a Grades 4-6 class, however there is a couple of sad scenes in which animals are killed by an evil fay king.

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Feb 07, 2014
  • rem85 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

rem85 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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