The Threads of Magic

Alison Croggon

The Threads of Magic
Walker Books Ltd
United Kingdom
1 March 2020

The Threads of Magic

Alison Croggon

An atmospheric and riveting fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke. 

Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object - a heart in a silver casket. What’s more, the heart seems to be trying to communicate with Pip, and the royal officials who lost it will stop at nothing to get it back.   

Pip has unwittingly broken an ancient spell, and his theft will have far-reaching consequences for the whole city. As the ancient war between the Spectres and witches of Clarel reignites, the heart prepares to seek revenge for all it has suffered…   

Alison Croggon conjures a rich, immersive world with brilliant and memorable characters in this captivating story of loyalty, courage and friendship.


Long ago in Clarel city, witches were held in high esteem. But now witchcraft is outlawed, and it is rumoured that soul-stealing ‘Spectres’ are gaining power. Pip lives with his sister, El, in the Choke Alleys of Clarel. Their existence is miserable. When Pip pickpockets the wrong person he winds up deep in trouble. He has stolen a strange, powerful object – a shrivelled-up heart, magically bound in a silver casket.

Pip’s theft has unwittingly reignited an ancient war. Old and new allies emerge in a desperate bid to keep the heart from falling into the wrong hands and both the witches and Spectres will stop at nothing to get the heart back. Dark magic trapped the heart for the sole purpose of destroying Spectres. But with its powers now unlocked the long-suffering heart is primed for revenge.

This is a rich, dark adventure full of twists and turns for fans of Karen Foxlee and Cornelia Funke aged 9+.

Bianca Looney works as a bookseller at Readings Kids.

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