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A stunning fantasy debut, enter the unique world of the Spell Breathers.
Spell Breathing does not come naturally to Rayne - she loathes the hours of practice, the stacks of scrolls, and the snapping mud devils that cover her mothers precious spell book.
But it is spell breathing that keeps her village safe from the dreaded monster curse that plagues their world. It is anci
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Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2019 by OUP Oxford
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Sinéad O'Hart
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to the author and to Oxford Children's Books for allowing me to read a proof of The Last Spell Breather - and what a read it was. A charming, gripping, expertly paced and fantastically well written debut, this book was a joy from start to finish (yes, even including the Grotesquery, the scary 'monsters', and the fantastically evil baddie, Mali!) The book follows Rayne, a 12 year old girl whose mother is a 'Spell Breather' (a person with the power to command magical written spells, a ...more
Rachel Bridgeman
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: july-2019
I received my copy as a gift via the Waterstones Bloggers Collective , grateful thanks to publishers OUP.
My intention was to read it with my 9 year old, after reading it first, the blurb looked great, the cover design is lovely, but I just couldn't connect with it unfortunately.
The story starting with the book of spells and Rayne and her mother's roles as spell breathers just kept flashing me back to Harry Potter and the book of beasts.
The conflict between duty, honour and rules is explored nice
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Jenny Caddick
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant,compelling and fantastical story which holds a very new,powerful type of magic within.

12 year old Rayne is an apprentice Spell Breather,due to learn the unique skill from her mother who helps,heals and protects the villagers of Penderin. Rayne is less than confident,not the most attentive student and resents her destiny. When the protective barrier her mother had placed around the village is breached ,her mother suddenly leaves on a mysterious quest. Left alone,Rayne takes charge of th
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Amy (Golden Books Girl)
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Julie Pike`s debut novel, and I utterly adored it. It follows an apprentice spell breather named Rayne- who lives in a world where words are quite literally magical- as she accidentally damages her mother`s spell book and must embark on a quest in order to save her village as a result. I thought this was a superb concept, and the execution most certainly fulfilled its potential- the book feels every inch like a classic yet entirely new and fresh too. The characters were a huge strength o ...more
Vincent Ripley
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book review here|: https://www.mrripleysenchantedbooks.c... check it out, you wonderful people.
Christina Reid
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this so soooo long! Finally, I got my hands on a copy and devoured it eagerly!
This book starts with one of the best opening lines of any I have read recently.
"The spell wouldn't stay on the shelf".
This introduces us to a unique magic system which I found myself intrigued in knowing more about. The spells are copied from a magic book that is protects by little biting grotesques (I imagined them like moving, mini gargoyles!) and then 'breathed' into life by a spell-brea
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NizRite
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Some truly beautiful writing and some unexpected twists and turns. Rayne, Tom and Frank are a great trio and The Last Spell Breather kept me spellbound till the final page.
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