Thatchthorpe : Book 3 in the Bloodtree Chronicles by Elizabeth Pulford @ Fairytales, fantasy, mystery and a good yarn

Posted: May 29, 2016 in Intermediate, Primary School
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Book three in The Bloodtree Chronicles

By Elizabeth Pulford

ISBN 9781775432876

Scholastic NZ


While Thatchthorpe is the third book in this trilogy, it can be read as a stand alone novel. No doubt reading the first two books will add to the depth of the story, but it does work well as a good fantasy adventure by itself.

As a twelve year old Abigail lives a normal life, even being bullied at school but when given a green cloak, she is suddenly whisked off in to the magical Silvering kingdom. It is here she becomes Spindale and it is her task to save the Kingdom.  There is the Bloodtree which has been poisoned and is losing all its leaves. The tree’s death will mean the end of all stories.

Spindale has stepped into fairy tale stories and as with all good fairy tales, there is always another twist or another hurdle to overcome. In this third book Spindale is tricked, kidnapped and then held prisoner. Not only does she have to escape, find Thatchtorpe and solve the mystery of her locket but she must also try and overthrow the evil Rackenard. Then there is also Zezmena who has her own agenda and reasons for creating havoc for Spindale. Lots of twists and turns, lots of character and adventure.  It is good to see Spindale growing in character and strength but will it be enough. Will she be able to save the stories before they are all gone for good. And just who is controlling the stories?

“No. That’s not possible.”  She was silent for a bit.

“But then again, perhaps it is. After all, we are in the world of stories, where at the stroke of a pen, anything and everything can be changed…”

This is great for 10 to 14 year old readers who love a bit of mystery, a bit of fantasy and just a good story.

I love the covers, gorgeously illustrated by Donovan Bixley.

Check out the first two books.







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