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Thousands of years ago, the Evernight came to the Silver Kingdom and turned everything to darkness and chaos. It was only defeated thanks to the skill and bravery of the Witches. But now the Evernight is about to return, released by the evil Mrs Hester, and the only spell that might stop it is lost, deep below the great city of Kings Haven.

Then orphan Larabelle Fox
Paperback, 346 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Andersen Press
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Whispering Stories
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Evernight is the first book in an exciting new middle-grade series featuring dark magic and witches.

Orphan Larabelle Fox, Lara, is a Tosher in the Silver Kingdom, which means she treasure hunts in the sewers. Its a dangerous job but someone has to do it. One day whilst out hunting she comes across a wooden box. The box is linked to the Doomsday Spell and evil beings including Shadow Jack and Mrs. Hester are looking for it.

Lara soon finds herself the
Scott Evans (MrEPrimary)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A masterclass in magic; spellbinding from the first sentence. A thrilling adventure in a darkly enchanting, richly-textured, witchly-warring world fraught with unexpected danger, shadowless strangers & lost magic waiting to be found. Preorder!
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really strong middle-grade book with a wealth of world-building, unique characters and vibrancy throughout. Immediately readers are introduced to a large cast of characters, each developed well and with stand-out personalities. Despite this, I found it progressively more difficult to feel invested in the plot, or the characters in truth, frequently finding myself drifting from the story.

Lara spends her days searching the underground of the city for treasure; people like Lara are
Christina Reid
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did a little squeal when this appeared in my book post - thank you very much Andersen Press! I loved both The Nowhere Emporium and The Elsewhere Emporium so was extremely excited to read this.
From the very first few lines, it is clear that this is a much darker book than either of the author's previous two and I really loved it. Reading with my teacher hat on though, I would definitely recommend this for Year 5 and upwards (age 9+) when the author's previous books would be perfectly suitable
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a darkly magical adventure with a brave and inspiring heroine at its heart. From the very first lines the reader knows that this is going to be a story full of danger, mystery and thrilling moments. An utterly gripping book.

The first in a new fantasy trilogy by this award winning author tells the story of Lara, an orphan who finds a mysterious box in the sewers beneath Kings Haven while scavenging for treasure. She quickly finds herself in the middle of a dangerous conflict in which she
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH wow, Evernight is awesome.
If you could imagine an epic fantasy taken down to Middle Grade with the scale, scope and intensity of the world of A Game of Thrones you would be halfway to exploring just how magnificent this book is because then we throw spellcraft, Witches and souls, Djinnis, Wild West style revolver wands and an army of possessed warriors to reckon with the White Walkers. Its epic in both adjective and that grand tradition of the word.I'm signed sealed delivered a HUGE fan.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored everything about this: from Laras city, her friends, the dastardly evil beings and the sheer scope of the magic. I wouldnt survive in the Evernight but I would love to be by Laras side. This book encapsulates what it is to write a wonderful adventure with magic, friendship and a bunch of characters you really love. Theres good ones, bad ones and just plain evil ones. Bloody bravo Ross Mackenzie! ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an interesting tale with a well thought out plot, but for some reason I struggled to connect with the characters and as a result I just couldnt enjoy the story as much as I had wanted to. Lara is a tosher, someone who spends her days searching beneath the city, in the sewers for hidden treasures that wash up there. But recently strange things are starting to happen in the Silver Kingdom where she lives, a strange dark magic is about to be released. And someone very dangerous is lurking ...more
Jemily Hugh
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strangely, its actually quite rare to find a childrens book thats fully fantasy. Usually they feature kids from The Real World who find themselves in a fantasy setting and have to save the world. There are exceptions to this rule, but generally full fantasy is the work of teen books and above.

Evernight is a fantastic example of what can be done in this genre for children. The world building is spot on, the characters are fleshed out. The magic system is interesting, the wands they use are
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness this book is just so good!! I could not read it fast enough, but I didnt ever want to finish it. I loved the world that Lara and her friends live in. It sounds a bit like London in Victorian times. It does help if you know what towhees and coves are, luckily I do. I love fantasy stories and this one was so original. I really liked the idea of the wands and potions that were in the book. Instead of just a fancy stick that you swish and flick, the wands in Evernight have a barrel ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl called Lara, a 'tosher' who works underground in the sewers collecting precious things she finds and selling them to make a living. One day she finds a mysterious box in the sewers which throws her into a world full of magic and so the story opens up.
The book is full of white emotionless witches and Hag's (witches with souls) and lots of dark sinister baddies as you would expect.
It kept me on my toes to the end and was full of imagination and a storyline that I have not
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite a dark book in some places. I thought it progressed quite nicely until it reached the crucial point. Things seemed to be at a standstill. I was quite perplexed because there wasnt a sense of urgency in the characters to get the issue over with. The pages leading up to the final chapter were sadly anticlimactic too.

The array of POVs we get from the different characters was a winner! Their motivates, their personality, it gave them so much depth.

Shadow Jack. Oh boy. If this was a YA or
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Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Lara earns her way as a tosher in the sewers, keeping herself to herself. But big things are happening in her world, big spells are on the rise, and she's about to get caught up in all of it...
This new fantasy drew me in straight away. It's very original, and written in just the right way; the backstoy is given at just the right rate, not so mch that it feels like an info dump nor so little that we don't know what's going on. The characters are well written, and I'll look forward to reading more
Kathleen Dixon
I really liked the premise of this story - warring witches, an evil controlling the country, kids who trawl the sewers for coins and treasure, an ancient darkness being reawoken, a vampirish djinn - and I liked the key characters, Lara and Double Eight. Where it fell down for me was in the dialogue. Also, Lara and Double Eight are kids, thus one would expect this to be aimed at ages 8 to 12, but there are some horror scenes that I wouldn't recommend for kids that age.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, exciting and adventurous. This story is about a girl called Lara who is trying to find out where she belongs. When the sky darkens and Shadow Jack returns, Lara knows that something is wrong. The Evernight has been set free and its up to her or the darkness will envelop everything. I would rate this book five stars and recommend it to children aged 9-12. ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by this author and I was completely drawn into the magical fantasy world he has created. I loved the three children, Lara, Joe and Double Eight and was rooting for them from the start. I even liked Shadow Jack to be honest.
I'm hope that this won't be the last we hear of Lara and her friends.
A fast moving, exciting adventure for older children.
Karen Mortlock
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Rosss descriptions. The magical world ruled by Mrs Hester was interesting and horrifying. The characters of Lara, Joe and Double Eight were well developed and the union they form is surely the basis of the next story. The strong female characters throughout the book are engaging and control the plot well. Ultimately a story of good and evil - cant wait for the next instalment. ...more
Lucy Baker
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this. I read The Nowhere Emporium last year snd loved that so was delighted to stumble across this one while looking for books to keep me busy in lockdown!
This is a story full of magic and excitement and a great read. Happy to find out that is the first of a series!
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant story, engaging characters, wonderful use of language. I want to move in to the Tree!!
Becky Dewar
Dark, magical, interesting.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read - equalling the nowhere emporium in its brilliance! Cannot wait to find out what happens next to Lara and her friends.
Sifa Poulton
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

The writing didn't trust the reader at all, and there was so much Deus ex Machina - everyone saving each other without meaning to. The magic was cool though
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a page-turner! A story rich in language, mystery and magic and one to definitely recommend in my classroom 👏 ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was very moving but in a good way. I enjoyed the plot, characters, magic and adventure. It was dark in some parts but it turned out to bed a good book in the end.
Mary Judy
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark and consuming, Evernight is an imaginative tale that does not let go. From the very first page, it weaves its' way into the reader, exposing a vividly described, unique world of witches and magic, orphans, chancers and kings. The surrounding sea and the use of water in general throughout the plot adds a sense of rhythm and a strong element of mystery and danger. This story could not have taken place anywhere other than a port town. The characters are beautifully drawn, alive with varied ...more
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