Best Contemporary Fantasy Reviewed By BookViral

A Review Of Daniel Scratch: A Story Of Witchkind By Don Jones

Best Contemporary Fantasy Novels for young readers

Recommend  for the coveted BookViral Crimson Quill. To make your recommendation simply click on the award badge below..…. 

Print Length: 238 pages

ASIN: B089T64J9R

Language: English

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy 


Thirteen year-old Daniel Scratch has been living alone for years since his parents passed, cared for by his home’s tiny, elf-like brownies and his somehow-still-living great-great grandmother. But when Grandmother sends him to the village to be Tested, his life turns upside down. 

The BookViral Review:

A fun and refreshingly original exploration of magic Daniel Scratch: A Story of Witchkind takes us into uncharted territory which fans of the fantasy genre will certainly applaud.

There are lots of okay books in the genre, but for the majority, they are stories lacking in coherent plots which you can read in pieces but they’re a puzzle that never gets solved. Jones gives us much more than this with plot threads that weave together to deliver a potent blend of magical intrigue and awakening.

Fantasy fiction should be a genre where ideas have no limits and the imagination is free. But it takes a read like Daniel Scratch to remind us just how rarely this happens with Jones delivering a beautifully penned and thoughtful narrative that delves into the philosophical and moral questions of being endowed with arcane powers. His command of prose is a wonderful thing in which to linger with much on which to reflect should the reader choose.

You won’t find an instance of padding or an eye-glazing moment of dull self-indulgence from Jones just a timeless story of magic rooted in the two unique characters Daniel and Kirmin. Neither will you find trite clichés or mistake sentimentalism for emotional depth.

With a genuine sense of wonderment that few novels attain Daniel Scratch: A Story of Witchkind is a read to be savoured and is recommended without reservation!

Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Author Blogs
Editorial Team

Why we like reading Memoirs

What makes a memoir so alluring? After all, they are not generally stuffed full with action, suspense, romance or mystery, which provide the highs and lows or other literature.

Read More »
Fiction and immortality
Author Blogs
Editorial Team

Life and Death – living forever.

We are constantly and enduringly fascinated with fictional accounts of parallel existence, alternative realities and genetic engineering. Films such as ‘The Fountain’ present immortality as attainable, whilst books such as ‘The Book Thief’ (Markus Zusak) explore the nature of death, in this case by death himself acting as narrator.

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.