Coming from a magical family who can do extraordinary things, Willow Moss's talent of finding things does not seem very special. Her sisters, with their 'proper magic', take after her mother; Willow, with her long stick-straight brown hair and brown eyes, takes after her father. So whilst her mother and her sisters visit the Travelling Fortune Fair, Willow is left behind to find things for those in need of her services. However, she finds her queue of customers vanished and the most feared witch in Starfell, Moreg Vaine in their place. Last Tuesday has gone missing and Moreg needs a 'finder' like Willow to help her. And so an unwilling Willow finds herself embarking on a quest to locate the missing day, finding friendship, adventure and a lot of self belief on the way!
This is a wonderful story in so many ways. Full of fabulous characters, the story romps along at an enchanting pace to a very satisfying conclusion. Willow embodies those feelings of not being quite good enough that we all experience from time to time and her realisation that real skill and talent doesn't have to be showy or exciting to be valuable is a pleasure to see. Her courage, determination and vulnerability make her a very likeable character- one the reader is willing to succeed. Her 'sidekicks' in her quest are no less appealing! Oswin, the monster from under the bed who bears a striking resemblance to a cat, Nolin Sometimes, Essential Jones, Featherling, Calamity... each is well developed and engaging.
The world of Starfell is full of detail and colour. Wisperia, the largest, most magical forest, 'an unpredictable place with magic fizzing about', the Midnight Market full of 'dangerous and deadly looking goods for sale', Troll Country where few apart from trolls venture- each location is beautifully imagined and described.
The perfect read for those who enjoy adventure with a touch a magic, 'Starfell and its heroine, Willow, are sure to be a hit and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day Dominique Valente, illustrated by Sarah Warburton
Harper Collins ISBN: 978-0008308391
Published on the 2nd May 2019