The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1)The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A drily witty gothic adventure story set in England in an alternative early Victorian era. Bonnie and Syliva are two orphan girls, whose governess and guardian – the evil and brilliantly named Miss Slighcarp – is determined to cheat out of inheriting the family pile – Willoughby Chase. They would runaway from home, but wolves dwell in the snow covered winter woods that surround the house ready to eat up small children and anyone else who dares to travel at night.

I really enjoyed this book. Its two rambunctious and brave girl heroines have a touch of Edward Gorey about them and the story has genuinely nail biting wolfy-moments as well as shades of The Woman in White and Lemony Snicket. All in all a great fun read for kids.

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