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Spellfall (Earthaven #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,154 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
A powerful fantasy from the talented author of the Echorium Trilogy (Song Quest and The Crystal Mask).

Someone knows Natalie is special. And now he wants her power. But when the evil villain kidnaps Natalie, she manages to escape. Guided to the Thrallstone by a mysterious hound, she slips through the gateway between worlds, to Earthaven! It is a place of breathtaking wonder
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2000)
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Apr 16, 2008 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Not a bad read, and definatly one I was interested in. The author has a very creative mind and has firmly set her own world up. While I think it was written for a younger audience, (maturity of the writing a little low) she was able to keep my interest despite the fact that I was above the reading level on this book.

And the magehounds are beautiful. If anything, read it for the magical wolves ^^
The book Spell fall by Katherine Roberts is about a girl name Natalie who discovers about her secret powers and learns about the magical world. Natalie was kidnapped by this mysterious person who wants her to join them. The mysterious person wants to destroy the soul tree.
I think this book is pretty good because it gives you another view of wizards and witches.The author really describes the setting and characters really well. I learn that not all witches and wizards cast spells, some of them
Sep 23, 2014 Aelvana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel cheated by the back cover.

Nowhere did the description indicate the first half of this book reads more like a slasher horror film. Natalie has an encounter with a strange man who takes far too much interest in her, who later comes back with a group of people, physically overpowers her, drugs her, kidnaps her, and locks her up in his home in the wilderness where no one can find them. And then proceeds to subject her to not only casual brutality but things that are supposed to be torturous t
Amber Hart
Spellfall is a really great book. Very good for an introduction for youngsters into the fantasy genre. I first read it when I was much younger and found it in the library. Now almost 21, the only things I could remember about it was the cover (the unicorn one), and that it was about a girl called Natalie, a sad boy called Merlin, and that spells looked like paper/sweet wrappers. That was it. A quick google search later and I found out what it was called. A few days later I had it in my hands, an ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. I actually wish the author had made it a series because it left me wanting to know what happened to Merlin and his familiar. This book is about Natalie, who is a young girl of about 15 living in a small town on earth next to the woods that hold the thrallstone. Our first encounter with Natalie is when she is walking through a parking lot and sees a shiny paper on the ground that seems to be talking to her. It seems to be saying "pick me up" and "innocent enough to craw ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say, this book really gripped me. The characters and their personalities are all clear and likable, except maybe Merlin, who didn't have that much of a personality in all, and was poorly thought out.
I have one complaint for this book, though.

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Jul 14, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It starts as a traditional story about a girl who's lost her mother and a young boy with an abusive and controlling father. The reader in instantly drawn to these two poor lost souls, just trying to get through the day. But soon the unsuspecting reader is drawn into the twists and turns of a fast-paced fantasy story, full of outlaw mages trying to defeat the uppercrust magicians living in a huge sentient tree. As the unikely heroes unite against the ...more
Sabrina Rutter
Nov 06, 2009 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, arcs
My children and I read this one together each night right before bed time. My daughter said that she loved it and that's why she gave it five stars. I personally am glad to be finished with this story! For me it was painful and I just couldn't stand it, but as it was written more for my daughters age group and not mine that might explain it. My son always fell asleep while I was reading but he says that he likes it, but I'm thinking he just liked having me sit next to him each night while he fel ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Arya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. This book has a very interesting and thoughtful plot.

Natalie- She is so COOL!!! I really like her and her brother. This fantasy is really great a book that everyone should read and enjoy. I fell in love with Spellfall and the world represents! It is different from any other book I've ever read. Fantastical and depthful this is a book whose characters will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
Mai Taniyama
I'm reading this through for the second time, after finding it in my attic. I read this and loved it in third grade, and am totally loving it again! It may be a bit of a strange concept sometimes, but waaay less so than a lot of fantasy books can be! Very cool, very fun, and very timeless!
Dec 08, 2007 Readhead rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: "golden compass" lovers, I think. I haven't read it, but they appear similar.
Shelves: fantasy, little-kid
If you look above, you will see that I haven't read this book in a long time. I remember it to be a satisfactory fantasy book, and I liked the ending. If you need something to read, go for it.
Dec 02, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY!
Recommended to Amanda by: none
This is the worst book I have ever read, so if you pick it up, PLEASE PUT IT BACK DOWN before it's to late!
Karsyn Taylor
I love the details and magic of this book, or maybe it was just the exotic names I loved so much?
Oct 08, 2008 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a good book read it
Oct 07, 2008 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: perfect-story
I loved this book i read it a long time ago and i intend to read it again when i can find it but it is really good
Aug 20, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a great book about a fantasy world hiding in the forest behind a ordinary town.
Feb 01, 2017 Farina rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, magic, my-library
While it was rather a bit inventive, it wasn't magical to me or fantasy enough but rather more like a mystery book - with one annoying character, Merlin.

Yes, you might think "Merlin? That legendary wizard that is featured in the Arthurian legend?"
"Uh, no"
This Merlin here is quite the opposite, he doesn't seem to get anything right and on top of it, he is always complaining. So whiny.
Zoe Wadsworth
May 08, 2016 Zoe Wadsworth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Katherine Roberts, Spellfall is a truly amazing book about a girl named Natalie and her magic abilities. The book follows Natalie on her journey to find out who, or what, she really is and where she’s from. As a young woman living with her drunken father, a mean step-mother, and a rotten step-brother, Natalie didn’t expect much out of her life. Then a stranger reached out to her. Unlike typical stories about people discovering that they’re magic, Roberts approaches the situation diffe ...more
Katrin von Martin
When I was informed that this was the book our book club had chosen for this month, I was less than thrilled. After finding out that the reading level was almost ten years below my age, I was even more wary of beginning this novel. However, being as determined a reader as I am, I diligently read through the entire book, and honestly, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

The overall premise is simple, if not a bit cliché. Natalie, a twelve year old girl, finds a spell (which looks l
Pamela Rodriguez
Apr 12, 2016 Pamela Rodriguez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The book I pick is a mixture of fantasy and fiction, the reason why I pick this book because it had caught my attention by the interesting title and thought that it would be fun to read since I love to read thing that have magic in it so that is why I pick to read the book, in this book there is a little girl named Natalie the protagonist, a little boy Merlin he is a , and another girl name Jo there is a teenage boy name Tim he is the stepbrother of Nat and he is a supporting character there is
Nov 15, 2015 Nanako rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author-Katherine Roberts
Written in 2000

Natalie thought she was an ordinary 12 years old girl. She lived with her father, step mother, and stepbrother. Her mother died when she was 3 years old. One day, she found a glimmering wrapper in the supermarket parking lot which lead her to get kidnapped and go to an magical world called Earthaven. Then she got informed by a wizard boy named Merlin that she is also a wizard and her mother is came from Earthaven. Then, a wizard named Hawk us
Lori Schiele
A young girl named Natalie, born and raised in the human world, discovers there is far more to things than most people believe, or can see. By accident, she finds herself in Earthaven--a world separate, but parallel, to ours where magick and unicorns and soul-filled trees exist, hidden safely away from the technology of our outer world. She soon discovers that her now-deceased mother was from Earthaven and Natalie is of the royal bloodline. But things are not so easy as a group of Casters--those ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I didn't. I trudged through it but I didn't enjoy it. It gets two stars only because I was actually able to make it through it. I agree with a previous reviewer who said the content was much more horror than fantasy. And I get the 'bad guy' being an asshole but the good guys were just as bad, with the kind lady calling Merlin an idiot, everyone calling him useless, wanting to kill a child just because he's a caster (which could have touched on racial issues but ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This is another book from my childhood, so my review is pretty much completely useless. The nostalgia factor involved with this book clouds any negative judgement I could have made about it.

I loved the premise, the characters, the settings, everything. I thought K'tanaqui was great and certainly thought I was going to grow up to name my dog in a similar fashion. I was very disappointed to see that K'ikki or K'icole don't look nearly as impressive. The boy Merlin was my favourite character I thin
You know those movies you find in the $5 bin at Walmart? The kind that when you sit down and watch it you see that the acting is there and the plot line overall is good but the visual effects aren't totally cracked up to be and the ending doesn't leave you satisfied as what you hoped to get.

That's this book in a nutshell. While the writing and overall plot line was worth reading it I did find myself getting confused during some parts. Others seemed to drag on a bit but that was just my personal
Honestly, I was expecting much better fare based on the cover.
So, the heroine is kidnapped, manages to escape, and learns the usual. A. Her mother was not normal. B. She (the girl) is not normal either. C. There is a magical land/parallel universe where you can only see through your familiar's eyes. And of course the bad guy wants to use her to Rule both worlds.

I loved parts of it. But there was not the poetic justice at the end that I had expected. I did fall in love with her wolf-dog familiar
Kara Marston
Sep 15, 2015 Kara Marston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on the every bottom of a shelf in the corner of my 6th grade classroom. It was beat up pretty badly but the cover was ever so enchanting, so that night I borrowed it from the teacher and started reading when I got home.... and kept reading and reading and reading. Before I knew it, I was finished... and wow. To this day this remains one of my ALL time favorite books. The main character is a lot of fun, with a bit spunk in her and I absolutely loved the dog companion, the best f ...more
Nov 18, 2009 MissSusie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was a good book.Natakie is a normal girl ,so she thinks.Her father has been drunk since the death of her mother,she has a stepmother who treats her well but a stepbrother who does not.She finds a spell laying on the ground and things get very bad for her from there.She is kidnapped by an evil Caster,Hawk who is trying to excact his revenge for being banished from Earthhaven.She soon finds out her mother was a Spell Lady and its up to her to stop Hawk.She gets help from unlikely people,and a ...more
Liberty Gilmore
When Natalie meets a strange man talking about spells in the supermarket car park, she has no idea of the trouble she's about to be in...

I've tried to read this about a hundred times before and never succeeded. Even this time round, I found it quite hard to get into, and kept putting it off. I think it's just a bit slow to get started, and while I'm sure it's enjoyable for children in its intended age range, there wasn't anything magical enough about it to make me think of it as more than just a
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I grew up in the south west of England and studied Mathematics at the University of Bath, writing fantasy books in my spare time. After graduating with 1st class honours (in maths, not fantasy writing!), I worked with computers for about 5 years before redundancy convinced me that working with horses might be healthier.

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“By the ancient bond of the spellclave, I command you, Spider. Stop, or be turned to stone!” 8 likes
“Of courrrse it's trrrue. Pup listen to K'tanaqui now. Pup got a LOT to learrrn.” 6 likes
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