Thursday, 4 February 2021

#BlogTour The Crow Folk by Mark Stay

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour The Crow Folk by Mark Stay. This is the first in the The Witches of Woodville trilogy.

About the Author
Mark Stay co-wrote the screenplay for Robot Overlords which became a movie with Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, and premiered at the 58th London Film Festival. He is co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast and has worked in bookselling and publishing for over twenty-five years. 

He lives in Kent, England, with his family and a trio of retired chickens. He blogs and humble brags over at

About the book
Faye Bright always felt a little bit different. And today she’s found out why. She’s just stumbled across her late mother’s diary which includes not only a spiffing recipe for jam roly-poly, but spells, incantations, runes and recitations… a witch's notebook.

And Faye has inherited her mother’s abilities. Just in time, too. The Crow Folk are coming. Led by the charismatic Pumpkinhead, their strange magic threatens Faye and the villagers. Armed with little more than her mum's words, her trusty bicycle, the grudging help of two bickering old ladies, and some aggressive church bellringing, Faye will find herself on the front lines of a war nobody expected. Fall in love with the extraordinary world of Faye Bright - it's Maisie Dobbs meets The Magicians.


When Faye starts reading her mother's diary she has no idea the book is actually a powerful magical tool. One that speaks to other magical beings of it's existence and abilities. Faye is completely unaware of this and inadvertently sets things in motion that change the way she thinks about her mother and her own life in general.

Set in the 1940s and wartime Britain, the characters are dealing with the limitations and the trauma of war. The last thing they are expecting is to be drawn into a magical mystery with bloodthirsty straw-filled beings.

Scarecrows have been given a new lease on life since the reappearance of Worzel, and most definitely since their existence was melded together with magic. Now the solitary figures have gone from innocent bird-scarers to menacing threats determined to get justice and obtain the elusive book of magic Faye owns.

This is an entertaining first part of a trilogy following the paths of the Woodville Witches. A YA read that is also suitable for younger readers who like their magical mysteries and world-building. It will be interesting to see where the author takes this story and to see just how powerful this book is.

Buy The Crow Folk at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Simon and Schuster pub date 4 February 2021 | Paperback Original | £8.99. Buy at Hive. Bookshop org. Waterstones.

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