This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you’d face your worst nightmare. Don’t ever go through there.’
Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can’t be used, whispers and cries in the night… and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out…
An unforgettable ghost story from the creator of the Wardstone Chronicles (Spook’s Apprentice) series.
Illustrated throughout by the incredible Scott M Fischer, this beautifully produced book will make the perfect Halloween gift.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a rather spooky, very fun and suspenseful novella for children. I would say the best age group for this book would be between 8-12, but that may also depend on the maturity and reading ability of your child. If I am very honest about it–I had a lot of fun with this book, too.
The illustrations are great and the longer you look at them, the more things you notice about how detailed the pictures actually are. I enjoyed the fact that the pictures really do help tell the story. When something is described in the book, you can see it reflected in the illustrations. Obviously the illustrator paid careful attention to the content of the book, which was a nice change.
The story itself revolves around one night and a young man who has become a prison guard for a castle-like prison, complete with ghosts. His adventures will make you want to keep turning pages. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that it was over so soon. It was just too much fun.
There is a surprise ending that is different from other children’s books and made me smile. I would definitely recommend this book to all the junior horror fans out there.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.