No running, no dirt,
nothing exciting –
especially no magical beasts!
One of Dullshire’s many, many rules: stay away from the Woods after one of its Beasts attacked the village and killed Barclay’s parents.
Forced into the Woods, Barclay encounters Viola, a Lore Keeper whose trap summons a Beast that chases him… no, that runs with him! A wolfish Lufthund that chooses to bond with the 11-year-old orphan!
No place for him now in rules-restricted Dullshire, Barclay goes unhappily with Viola to the magical town of Sycomore, filled with all sizes of Beasts and all kinds of people.
Barclay hopes that a Master can remove his Mark, the golden tattoo where the Lufthund dwells when not out in the world, but it’s not so simple.
Only if he places first in the Exhibition testing new Lore Keepers will he have any chance of losing the Lufthund!
Most youth preparing to test are jealous that such a powerful Beast chose to bond with a boring outsider, but Viola and a few others decide to help him learn some Lore so he has a chance to pass.
Barclay must quickly discover how he and his Beast can work together, avoid the bullies who will sabotage his Exhibition matches, and decide how much he’ll risk to go home.
So many fantastical Beasts, so many Lore Keepers with different abilities, so many chances to fail – or to win!
First in the Wilderlore series, followed by The Weeping Tide .
Which of your personal skills would you want your Beast to amplify?
Book info: The Accidental Apprentice (Wilderlore, book 1) / Amanda Foody. Margaret McElderry Books, hardcover 2021, paperback 2022. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
Sounds like an interesting plot and an interesting start of a series!! Thanks for the review of it and good luck with the rest of the challenge!
All the best for the rest of the A2Z Challenge
This sounds like an interesting read! I love that you’re sharing boooks that aren’t all that popular for your AtoZ. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.
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The name “Dullshire” is pretty telling. 😉
Visiting from the A to Z Road Trip. If I could have a magical animal companion, I’d love to have one that could fly! But if it’s amplifying a skill I already have, maybe I’d like something with language…