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“I never meant to become a witch. But when someone you love dies, logic and reason die with them.”
–Accidental Witch by Lydia Sherrer
Sebastian Blackwell: teen, rebel, outcast, witch. He doesn’t know he’s a witch at first, but when his parents die and he goes to live with his aunt, the truth can’t be hidden. Lydia Sherrer’s Accidental Witch unfolds the dark tale of adolescent angst mixed with abracadabra.
The mysterious Meg, a goth girl, seems to be Sebastian’s only friend and defender. But things aren’t what they seem to be. He’s torn between warnings from his aunt and the persuasions of the cute Meg.
AW took me back to those awkward, insecure years. Who hasn’t tried to bargain with higher powers at that age? Who hasn’t thought themselves impervious to harm? Who hasn’t wanted to impress that special someone? Who hasn’t felt like an outsider? Even though Sebastian faces these issues with supernatural abilities, he reminded me of what it was like at that age. AW kept me in suspense as it wove a tale that became darker and creepier.
I ran into Sherrer at Imaginarium 2019 and told her how much I liked Accidental Witch. I asked her if she found it difficult to write a teen male as a protagonist. “I consulted a lot with my husband,” she said with a laugh.
Sherrer told me she wrote Accidental Witch to give the back story of Sebastian to her readers of her Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus series. He is one of the main characters. “The series is not as ‘dark’ as Accidental Witch,” she said, “Especially the first couple.” She explained humor lightens the tone of much of her novels.
Fans of Harry Potter, urban fantasy and “snarky cats” (says Sherrer) will want to check out the Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus books, the fifth of which rolled out earlier this year. Book six is set to release in early 2020.
Check out Lydia Sherrer’s author website.