Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
'Find me a witch!' cried Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North.
Arriman has decided to marry. His wife must be a witch of the darkest powers - but which witch will she be? To find the most fiendish, he holds a spell-casting competition.
Glamorous Madame Olympia performs the terrifying Symphony of Death and conjures up a thousand plague-bearing rats. The magic of gentle Belladonna, the white witch, goes hopelessly wrong. She produces perfumed flowers instead of snakes. And bats roost in her golden hair instead of becoming blood-sucking vampires. Poor Belladonna longs to be an evil enchantress - but how?
'This kind of fun will never fail to delight' - Philip Pullman
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ChazziFrazz - LibraryThing
Arriman the Awful decides he needs a wife. Being a handsome Wizard, she needs to be a witch. Which witch is the problem. Coming up with a competition among the nearest witches, the one with the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing
To the reviewers who complain about the wishy-washyness about why the pretty white witch is good, whether dark magic is evil, whether the blackest of all the witches should win the dark magic contest ... Read full review