Witches of Orkney: A Non-Scary Series Full of Magic

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It’s that time of year that spooky things become fun. Witches, magic and little scares turn the ordinary into something a bit more. Between the decorations, anticipation for trick-or-treating and yummy treats October is one of the best parts of the year.

I love to gather my kids up on the couch with blankets and hot cocoa and dive into a good story; well, at least I did when they were younger. But, once kids age past picture books, but aren’t yet old enough for teen or adult fare, it seems there aren’t a whole lot of options unless you’re into Goosebumps…which my 7 year old is not.

That’s why I was super excited to stumble upon the Witches of Orkney series by Alane Adams. This is a prequel series for fans of Legends of Orkney. It’s about witches, obviously, can get you into the spirit of the season, and is perfect for middle-grade kids between 7-12. Younger kids will probably need to be read to, but older kids could tackle it on their own.

Ok, so what’s it about? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Witches of Ornkey series Book 1 The Blue Witch

The first book is The Blue Witch. It introduces us to Abigail, an orphaned witchling, (young witch) who is starting her first year at Tarkana Witch Academy.

She wants to be a great witch, but she faces bullies and struggles to find friends. An even bigger problem–she’s going to fail out of school if her magic powers don’t show up soon.

In her quest to fit in, things don’t always go as planned, and she isn’t immune to influences that do not have her best interests at heart.

You can listen to/watch the author read the entire book, chapter by chapter, on her YouTube channel. It’s a fun way for kids to listen and each video auto plays into the next.

Book 2, The Rubicus Prophecy picks up where the first book leaves off.

Witches of Orkney series Book two Rubicus Prophecy.

Abigail is starting her 2nd year at Tarkana academy, taking her classes, trying to resist an evil spell book that wants her to use it, and learning about the famed Rubicus Prophecy–about the chosen one who will break the God Odin’s curse over the witches–as it becomes the talk of the school.

Once a mysterious ship arrives, she and her friend Hugo are swept up in a mystery quest searching for a missing object with a by from the ship. Then she learns she must stop the Rubicus Prophecy or everyone she cares about could be destroyed.

Book 3 is Witch Wars, and it’s brand new!

witches of orkney series book three Witch Wars

Since the end of the Rubicus Prophecy things have not been going well for Abigail. After throwing off the balance of powers between the witches, Gods and regular humans, she is determined to fix it before war erupts and destroys them all.

With the help of friends, she’ll have to outwit foes who are trying to stop her. But, the outcome is far from certain. Will Abigail and Hugo be able to turn things around and bring peace?

What I like about this series it that it’s a pretty easy and quick read for middle-grade readers. It’s a fun one to read aloud too. The books are full of suspense that isn’t too scary, but lends enough sorcery, witches and magic to make it fit right in with October fun.

Abigail is a nice girl who struggles following her heart when witches are “supposed” to be mean and hard hearted. It’s great for lessons on friendship, being yourself, overcoming challenges and learning a bit about Norse mythology too.

My daughter and I really enjoyed the Witches of Orkney series. The stories are a bit simple and not very in depth; and the world isn’t fleshed out fully, but they’re fun and there is always something happening.

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  1. Sabrina | 12th Oct 20

    This like a great series for me. I am a Harry Potter series fan so this fill the void. Thanks for reading it and sharing your ideas.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 12th Oct 20

      Oh, great! They’re quite a bit more simple, but just as fun!

  2. Brianna | 12th Oct 20

    These books all look super cute and super awesome for the kids! Thank you foe sharing 🙂

  3. Ayesha Siddiqui | 12th Oct 20

    We love reading aloud in our household! Thanks for the recommendation, definitely looks like something my kids will enjoy.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 12th Oct 20

      It’s so fun, right!? Let me know if you like them.

  4. Sydney Delong | 12th Oct 20

    Sounds interesting! And a perfect book series to read at Halloween!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 12th Oct 20

      Yes! They really are.

  5. Holly | 12th Oct 20

    Great books for this time of the year! Good reviews! Thank you

  6. Alyssa | 12th Oct 20

    These look like books I would have wanted to read when I was a kid! I used to pretend I had magic. The crazy things you do as a kid!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 12th Oct 20

      I totally love that Alyssa! I think a lot of us did.

  7. Cindy Mailhot | 12th Oct 20

    I love this! I think I will try to get them.

  8. Suz | 12th Oct 20

    Cool! I will pass this on to my daughter – her kids are really into books; thank you!

  9. Maggie | leavemetodream.com | 12th Oct 20

    Applause for keeping a love of reading going in your youngsters! I especially appreciate that you tie in the author’s video… technology is here to stay so we might as well make friends with it. Bravo!

    • Kirsten Reeder | 12th Oct 20

      Thanks so much Maggie! That’s a really great point.

  10. Beth Shields | 12th Oct 20

    Love that you gather your kids on the couch to read. These books look like they could very fun to read – thanks for your review.

    • Kirsten Reeder | 12th Oct 20

      Thanks Beth! We got away from it for a while as they got bigger, so I’m glad we stared again.

  11. Losa | 12th Oct 20

    Thanks for the recommendation my little would love this!

  12. Candy | 12th Oct 20

    These look like fun! I’m going to recommend them to our nieces.

  13. Barbara | 13th Oct 20

    Reading is a mental adventure better than any movie!

  14. Melissa Jones | 13th Oct 20

    What great stories to read so close to Halloween!!

  15. Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life | 13th Oct 20

    Great review & I can see where so many young ones will enjoy this series!

  16. Adrienne | 13th Oct 20

    This really looks like a fun series for the season. I think I’d even like it!

  17. elaina | 13th Oct 20

    I think I would enjoy this series as much as my daughter. Thanks for sharing, we’ve been looking for a new book to start together.

  18. Marianne | 14th Oct 20

    These look like pretty awesome books for younger readers! And perfect for this time of the year! It’s Sometimes hard to find spooky books that are not too scary, but at the same time, not too babyish.

  19. Lisa S | 15th Oct 20

    Awesome! I’ll share this with my daughter for the grandbabies.

  20. Cindy Moore | 15th Oct 20

    My granddaughter will love this series! She’s always looking for something good to read.

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