The Scent of Magic

The Scent of Magic

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All over the world children are discovering they have magical powers - as Rachel did when she was abducted by the Witch Dragwena in The Doomspell. But the reason is that the evil Witches of the planet Ool are determined to avenge Dragwena's death by manipulating an army of children and fighting the good Wizards. Rachel's own powers, and the ability of her younger brother Eric to unmake magic, are tested to the full in a thrilling story in which she has to confront another child as strong as she is herself. Every bit as exciting and inventive as The Doomspell, Cliff McNish's new book has the same page-turning quality that has made it so popular with young more

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  • Audio cassette
  • 106 x 140 x 17mm | 127g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752852981
  • 9780752852980

About Cliff McNish

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His daughter Rachel loved to hear stories from an early age. He wrote the first Doomspell book as a response to her request for a story. "But before I knew what was happening," says Cliff, "the whole magical world of Ithrea just wanted to come to life in a bigger way. It wanted to live!" This is the second part of the trilogy. He is an IT specialist Sian Phillips was born in Wales, and determined to be an actress at an early age. By the age of 11 she was working with the greats - Richard Burton, Dylan Thomas - on BBC Radio. Her ambitions really came true after she won a scholarship to RADA, where she was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal. Her London stage appearances include The Duchess of Malfi, Ondine and A Little Night Music. Her television work includes How Green Was My Valley, I, Claudius (both of which won BAFTA awards), Vanity fair and Heartbreak more

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'Another excellent sequel is Cliff McNish's THE SCENT OF MAGIC (Orion, c. 4hrs, 9.99), read by Sian Phillips and again with spine-chilling music. This time the witches advance on earth to take their revenge on the children who killed their queen in DOOMSPELL.' -- Christina Hardyment 'An operatic performance by Sian Phillips brings out the many crescendos on a global battle of good and evil. More epic in scale, and more malevolent in mood, than Harry Potter. Shorter sentences, too, which suits impatient over-eights.' -- Carole Mansur DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Rachel and her brother Eric's powers to unmake magic are tested to the full in this thrilling sequel to DOOMSPELL. Sian Phillips' reading is good, if lacking in characterisation, and the whole thing is an exciting listed for children over eight. Great for in-car entertainment.' THE AUDIOBOOKSELLER 'spine- chilling music' INDEPENDENT MAGAZINEshow more

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