Saturday, June 5, 2021

Candlewicke 13: Curse of the McRavens by Milan Sergent - Guest Blogger Book Review


Valor McRaven tries to hide his odd symptoms from the “normal” witches. His shadow moves on its own, and he sometimes makes objects move without the required wand. Valor refuses to believe the rumors about his family, even after Mystic Ministry locks the McRavens in the sanatorium and schedules him to be the hunted fox in a ghastly tournament with blindfolded ogres, boiling cauldrons, and cats with moon madness.

If Valor wins, or survives, he can begin his dream of becoming an apprentice of magic at Mystic Steeples, where he hopes to unravel the death of his twin and the attempts someone keeps making to kill him.

His only friends say it’s too late for that. They insist he’s the leader of their misfit coven, foretold to unravel the greatest cover-up in history (The Great Deception) and stop the Grim Warlock’s terrible Thirteenth Hour. But they’re not risking a life sentence in a dreary prison having their inner essence removed.

The only person Valor trusts is his morosely precocious adopted sister, Doomsy Gloomsy, who knows much more than any eight-year-old should.

Curse of the McRavens, the first book in the CANDLEWICKE 13 series, contains hidden clues throughout the novel. It also contains chapter illustrations as well as a variety of maps.

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Jennifer's Review
Candlewicke 13: Curse of the McRavens a good book.
The McRavens family gets into trouble after being found out that lithium poisoned the twin boys, and the family is put into the sanatorium 
During their time there, the son and daughter are forced to clean boots of statues, and it's there that the son learns he and another girl have been chosen to be a schlemeaser in a tournament. He decides to save the girl by choosing to be the only one to participate. 
As the days lead up to the tournament, the pawnikin tells him all of the bad things that happened in the past and what to expect. 
During the tournament, he gets hurt and injured so bad he has to go to the witch doctor who showed him what happened to him and his brother. 
Afterwards, he, his sister, and a friend are finally released from the sanatorium. 
I liked this book. I give it 3 stars.

Author Bio
Milan Sergent studied creative writing in college and began writing the Candlewicke 13 novel series in 2007, a year after featuring some of the series' characters in his solo art exhibition, Outsiders and Apparitions, near Rockefeller Center in New York City. Sergent's Candlewicke 13 and the Tombstone Forest won the Readers' Favorite Finalist Award in the Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi category as well as the Book Excellence Award Finalist - Fantasy.

An artist and poet since adolescence, a few of Sergent's early poetic works were published in Scarlet Literary Magazine and recently in his illustrated poetry book, Outsiders and Apparitions: Possessed Poems and Art for Family Picnics. He lives with his wife of 30 years, Beatrice H. Crew, who is also an award-winning author.

To learn more about the author or view the illustrated companion guide to the Candlewicke 13 series visit While there, join the mailing list for important news updates and notifications about future novel releases.

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