Verity Gallant knows she’ll never be as pretty and popular as Poppy, her perfect little sister – she doesn’t quite fit in. But when a mysterious stranger hands her an ancient red book, everything changes. Verity becomes embroiled in a tale of dark magic and intrigue; she uncovers old rivalries and discovers new friends. Together, she, Henry and Martha explore the secrets stirring in the ancient harbour town of Wellow. But what will it take to stop a powerful witch hell-bent on revenge?
Mistress is the first of a four-part series featuring Verity and was published in hardback on July 1st 2010. The paperback will be published in June 2011. Then in January 2012 the second book in the series, Heart of Stone, will be published.
I’m thrilled that Mistress of the Storm has been quietly but determinedly doing well (a bit like my heroine). But it means much more to know her success is thanks to the places where Verity and I discovered reading; the schools, local libraries and bookshops that introduce a love of stories to millions of children every year, and change lives as a consequence.