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Le Maléfice, tome 1

(Doomspell #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,208 ratings  ·  83 reviews
In a blaze of light, rush of wind and scrabble of claws, Rachel and Eric are ripped through the wall and hurtled on to another world. Like thousands of other children before them, they have been snatched away by the Witch.
But this time the Witch has met her match. Rachel discovers that she has extraordinary gifts: she can transform herself into a feather, or fly on an owl
Mass Market Paperback, 247 pages
Published February 24th 2002 by Gallimard jeunesse (first published May 4th 2000)
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Alyssia Cooke
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
I was bought this book by my foster mother a fairly long time ago (I was about 14 I think) and I really liked it, in fact I loved it. I re-read it so many times that my poor old paperback is nearly falling apart. Recently I picked it up again, I did however read it with something like a sense of dread because I know how much your taste can change over many years, and I really didn't want to read it to find that I hated it! Luckily, this was not an issue.

This book really does remind me of 'The L
Ade Couper
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was- lovely!

Rachel & Eric are snatched by the evil witch Dragwena from their home. Rachel has very strong magical powers, while Eric has a power never encountered before.....will they e able to overcome Dragwena's thirst for revenge....?

The back-cover blurb describes this as "Narnia for the 21st Century", & that is a pretty good description: this is a retelling of a battle against ancient evil, although Cliff McNish's child protagonists are considerably more likeable than Lewis'.....

The plo
Geoff Lynas
I found the action chaotic (muddled). The magic system overpowered. The protagonist, the 'hope_child', is ineffectual. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a child and I absolutely loved it. Read it again and again and again and again, but unfortunately, at that time I did not know it was a part of a trilogy. I hope I'll get the chance to read the rest of the series.
The book was a perfect mix of fantasy, magic and adventure, and could also scare me from time to time. I haven't read it again since all those years ago, because I recently found it from the loft. Brought back many memories.

I might update this review if I ever read it ag
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this when I was a bit younger and LOVED it. There were a few things that I didn't understand back then but after I re-read it I understood it all being that bit older. The world Cliff Mcnish creates is magical and different in its own right. The characters you can relate to and do feel for them. Definitly worth a read
Paige Green
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4/5

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Pages: 240


I was provided a free copy of this book by the author. Thank you so much! All opinons are my own.

After having the same strange dream, siblings Rachel and Eric find themselves being transported to another world where Rachel's special powers come into play to help free the children that have been captured by the evil Dragwena. -

So to start this review off I do want to say that I do love books that have that Harry Potter/Narnia type f
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot this book existed until I found a copy at work a few years back. I forgot that I had loved it SO much as a pre-teen! It holds up fairly well -- still a solid adventure-fantasy. Such a throwback.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to rate this, because what this book does well it does very, very well (its villain, the descriptions of magic, etc.) and two stars probably makes it seem like I hated it. But that's not case. Instead, I was disappointed because it was enjoyable enough but could have been much better. This is the sort of book you love when you read it as a child, but that doesn't stand up to further scrutiny when read as an adult.

My favorite metaphor when talking to people about genre fiction
Finn Longman
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how old I was when I first read this. Fairly young -- probably around nine or ten. Definitely still in primary school, and I think my sister borrowed it for me. Since then I've read it several times, because it's such a creative book. I love the development of the sibling relationship and how, despite their strengths being in different areas of life, they still manage to use them to work together.

I also enjoyed how, although Rachel and Eric are children and have to somehow save the
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin Gossman
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first there was something I didn’t like about this book. As I went on, drawn into the story, I read it in about 24 hours, I realized it’s simply that I am not used to reading or hearing for that matter children from England. That was it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, it was just weird for me, and I love that about this book. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I see the comparisons to C.S. Lewis and I think they are well deserved. I look forward to digging into the next book!

Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good first novel. The action keeps moving along nicely, and the evil witch is fabulous. My one regret is that I didn't really care for his characters; the emotions never clicked for me.
Lazaros Kalogirou
I really enjoyed it! It was a bit like reading Narnia again!
Victoria Melita
This review covers the entire trilogy:

I like to read children’s books, especially ones that are fantasy based. As a friend of mine put it once, “I have a thing for Portal fantasy”. And this is exactly that!

With a dash of other-world-fantasy too.

The Doomspell Trilogy has very clear influences coming from Tolkien and C S Lewis, with elements such as witches who love winter, animals that can talk, and children’s innocence being very prominent in the stories. The trilogy follows Rachel and Eric, sib
Cami Golub Bookmilla
Biannual Bibliothon, Winter 2019.
Prop: book that got you into reading.
This is the first book I ever remember really reading, and absolutely falling in love with. I was around 6 or 7. My parents had just divorced and I wasn't doing ok. Suddenly, my father wasn't living with me anymore. And suddenly there was a second house I was supposed to call mine, but still it wasn't. It was my dad's. A few months went by and he started dating someone. I was a child. It wasn't something I could comprehend, an
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I was, I think, 12. I got it from the school library before going on vacation. I remember not being able to put down the book reading it wherever I could. From the hotel room to the beach and even on the way. I actually tried to find it again and with the help of google found it once again rereading it. It isn’t as good as I remembered it but it brought back so many nice memories that I enjoyed it enough to write about it in my book essay for high school. One of the most s ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I was drawn into this book so fast... If I had had the time, I literally would have read this entire book in one sitting. It is that good! I really loved this book, and now I need to go find the next two! The story had a very Narnian feel, and that may be one reason I enjoyed it so much. To anyone out there who loves the Chronicles of Narnia stories, I highly recommend this tale!
Lucy Hudson
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a truly outstanding trilogy and the book that started my love of reading!! Perfect for both younger readers and those looking for an easy/quick read. The story is incredible - imaginative, magical, exciting - and the characters and descriptions are so full of life. I could reread this book over and over again!
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love witches, magic spells and spell casting duelling, then this is the book for you. Good versus evil is story core however the adventures of Rachel and Eric keep you turning the pages. Exciting vocabulary throughout, a great book choice for guided reading in school.
Raphaela Strohmayer
Reminded me a lot of the books of Road Dahl. the story prgressed really fast and there was hardly time to get to know the charakters, before they had to stand theri ground. overall it was a nice story.
Chloe (thelastcolour)
the book was okay, maybe it's just my frame of mind right now but i didn't enjoy it as much as i had hoped. the magic is good but it feels too much like the chronicles of narnia to me. will continue with the rest of the trilogy though...
Reba Maxwell
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This comes from the darkest depths of my childhood memory. I still remember borrowing this from my primary school library and thinking it was the coolest book EVER. I was so scared of Dragwena but remember this story 13 years later and can’t wait to read it again
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an independent book this is very good and enjoyable. As a trilogy it becomes even better, as we get to learn more about the characters, and more about this universe. I would recommend reading the whole series. Now, on with the critical analysis review.

The book’s plot is engaging from start to finish, and is very unique, and people of all ages can enjoy it. However, I am doing a critical review so that’s enough praise for now, let’s begin with the problematic areas or faulty areas of the book
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book as a kid gonna have to reread as an adult
Charlotte Aitken
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly enjoyable, magical take for those who love magical worlds like Narnia.
Jastinder Toor
fun read
Kaida Ashia
The Doomspell series was a collection of books I was hoping to dive into to and really enjoy as it sounded like such a promising change to the current books on the market at the moment.

Its opening chapter was incredibly gripping, and at first made for a promising story about an evil witch dominating a world and kidnapping children in hope of finding extra strength.

However, I found myself thinking it was just a remake of the snow queen, which I don't overly like anyway. As the story progresses it
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a copy of this book for my 9th birthday and I loved It. I had read it a couple of times then, when we moved, it got packed in a box that was never unpacked and stuffed in an attic. Now finally, I was digging through the attic looking for a CD, when I found it again. I sat down, in the attic, and began to read it again. I sat there in the attic, until I had finished a few hours later. Still, years later, I loved it. You need to read it. If you don't you are missing out. So go to your local ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a really great book that i personally loved. i read it for the first time a few years ago and since then, i have read it 8 times!! it is full of adventure and new creative ideas when rachel and her brother eric are not just stolen away from their family, but from earth by the witch dragwena who has been stealing children for thousands of years, hoping to find a child like rachel. a child full of enough magic to help the witch. when rachel and eric arrive on the witch's planet of Ithrea, ...more
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I was born in Sunderland, a city in the north-east of England.
I don’t recall too much about my first 8 years of life other than I loved being outdoors especially in the woods near our house. I came home every night covered in scratches.
My first real book memory is being given C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew by my English teacher, Mrs Baldwin. I loved that, and all the other Narnia books.

So how

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