Starting a new school after the strange death of her parents, Angel doesn't want to be bothered with friends, yet finds herself drawn to Bavar, another loner, who seems determined to merge into the background. Angel can sense something strange and different about him and a friendship develops between them.
As she comes to know him better, Angel learns that Bavar is responsible for trying to protect the world from raksasas, monsters trying to enter the world through a magical rift. Determined to break the cycle, Bavar is trying to find his own way on life. However, his story and Angel's are more closely linked than either could imagine.
Told from alternating viewpoints, 'A Far Away Magic' is a compelling, unusual story, full of magic and mystery. Amy Wilson successfully combines the fantastical world Bavar inhabits with the everyday world of school and 'normality'. Bavar's house is an amazing creation, contrasting perfectly with the 'little vanilla house' Angel is living in.
Both children struggle with deep emotions- Angel with the grief of losing her parents and the guilt of her survival and Bavar with feelings of rejection and the desire to escape his role. Their emotions are portrayed with great sensitivity and skill.
Darker than 'A Girl Called Owl', but just as compelling, 'A Far Away Magic' is a fabulous, enjoyable read.
A Far Away Magic Amy Wilson
Macmillan Children's ISBN:978-1509837755