About the book:
Ellie is a normal teenager, wondering what to do with her life as her time at school gets close to finishing. The normal decisions for a teenager on the brink of adulthood are difficult, but nothing compared to what Ellie is about to face. A reunion with family gives her an unexpected and life-changing choice to make in the space of a few hours. What she doesn’t expect is the challenge of accepting her heritage and gifts, and the dangers of her forbidden connection with her familiar, a dragon shifter—Jayce. As Ellie learns more about her gifts and Jayce comes to terms with his new role, they have to work together to fight for survival—their own and that of the mortal realm.
I rarely read fantasy books. I loved Harry Potter, and I was into witches when I was around thirteen, but that’s about it. When I saw the blurb for Morwitch, I was eager to read it, having read other books by Jennifer Redmile and loving them. Ellie and Jayce’s story drew me in right from the start and I rapidly connected with this unusual couple.
The story is set in Australia, which as an Aussie I found appealing. The spirituality of the land sits comfortably with the fantasy story—the Australian outback a wonderful backdrop for the mystery of Ellie and Jayce’s worlds. I asked Jennifer about this and her concept for the story.
Where did the concept for Morwitch come from?
I had just finished writing the first book in my middle grade series, the children of when, and decided I wanted to ‘play with’ some older characters. I love writing about magical beings, but wanted to try something where magic existed in the ‘real’ world. I was torn between writing a book about witches, or dragons would could shift and be living right under us mere mortals’ noses. While researching about witches having an animal, or familiar, bound to them for life, I got the idea to make the book about witches and dragon shifters. Why not? Ellie and Jayce were dying to have their story told, so who was I to argue?
Why did you choose the Australian settings for the story?
It probably had a lot to do with the fact that I live in Australia. I really enjoyed imagining Ellie and Jayce in places I was familiar with. Besides, I already had to create three other worlds I’d never seen, The Witch and Dragon Realms, and the transitory planet Brevis. Setting the rest in place I’d actually been helped to stop my head exploding, lol.
I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good adventure, mixed with a romance and plenty of suspense. Like the Harry Potter books, its appeal is not limited to young adults, but can be enjoyed by all.
And guess what? There’s more! If you like Morwitch: Breaking the Rules, there is a sequel, Morwitch: Changing the Rules!
Morwitch: Breaking the Rules is available on Amazon: here for Aussies, and here for the USA
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