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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Daniel Scratch: A Story of Witchkind is a work of fiction in the fantasy, magic, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Don Jones. Suitable for readers from the mature end of Middle-Grade fiction through to adult fans of coming of age fantasy, this dark and delightful story feature thirteen-year-old protagonist Daniel Scratch. After facing a terrifying test, Daniel is thrust out into the world alone when he discovers his intended purpose in the wider magical society at the Tower of Endings. Here begins an education into his own culture, and that of the human world which parallels and outnumbers his own.
Author Don Jones has crafted a wonderfully compelling tale of magic, witches, and learning your own identity, and one which will be sure to capture the hearts and minds of fantasy readers everywhere. As a first novel, the work gets off to a slow start with plenty of highly immersive worldbuilding, and a magical concept that is well thought out and interesting to learn about. Once Daniel really gets into his stride and starts to discover the dangers of the wider world, the plot ramps up its pacing and delivers some action-packed moments with cinematic attention to detail in the scenery and sorcery. More than this, though, there’s a deep emotional quality to the character which is a rare find in the genre, and one which makes the reader really feel for Daniel throughout. Overall, I would certainly recommend Daniel Scratch to fans of fantasy fiction who want both atmosphere and feeling.