The old queen and her raggedy witches have fled Witches Borough after the events of Begone the Raggedy Witches, and Mup's family has moved into the cold, newly empty castle. But the queen's legacy lingers in the fear and mistrust of her former subjects and in the memories that live in the castle's very walls. While Mup's mam tries to restore balance to a formerly oppressed world, Mup herself tries to settle into her strange new home with her dad, Tipper, and Crow.
When an enchanted snow blankets the castle, Mup's family is cut off from the rest of the kingdom, and the painful memories of the old queen's victims begin to take form, thanks to a ghost whose power may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle. Celine Kiernan weaves a timely and essential truth into the second book of The Wild Magic Trilogy: that dismantling oppression means honoring the pains of the past, and perhaps the most potent magic of all is encouraging joy and hope wherever possible. Mup's story concludes in The Promise Witch.
"Change after years of tyranny proves not so simple, and when a little grey ghost girl begins unleashing a storm of fury and pain on the castle, cracks become chasms brimming with pain and reckoning. In this sequel to Begone the Raggedy Witches (2018), Kiernan digs into the trope of the fairy-tale ending to expose its messy tangle of roots. There is admirable trust placed in readers to grapple alongside Mup with both her desire to end a kingdom’s suffering and the complex processes of bearing witness and healing.... A breath-stealing second installment to read and reread in anticipation of the third." — Kirkus Reviews
|9 - 12
|Sep 3, 2019
|The Wild Magic Trilogy