#Blog Tour #The Wise One (The Scottish Scrolls 1) by K.T.Anglehart #YA Fantasy @ Xpresso Book Tours

Book details:
The Wise One
by K.T. Anglehart
(The Scottish Scrolls, #1)
Publication date: October 28th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Mckenna’s never thought much of her nightmares, but on her seventeenth birthday, a vivid dream of burning at the stake awakens her dormant abilities, thrusting her into a world where faeries are real, spirits hold a grudge, and a High Priestess obsessed with a 16th-century prophecy is tracking her every move.

Now, her overprotective dads, Seán and Andre, are forced to tell her the truth—they know who her birth mother is, and her life is not the surrogate story she’s always been told. Abigail, Mckenna’s mom, is some sort of mystic, and Mckenna a Wise One.

Whatever the hell that means.

With the help of a persistent little wren and company of a newfound friend, Mckenna journeys to Ireland in search of her mother and real answers. Along the way, she learns to harness her innate magic and trust her intuition, as best she can anyway—Cillian, a kind and passionate delegate who crosses her path, is proving much harder to read.

Only her mother could truly help her halt her ill fate and prepare her for what’s to come . . . before she gives in to the darkness she knows is buried deep within.


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Znvkhp

The Wise One was a very quick  and entertaining read with its mix of Celtic folklore, new age, witch-hunting history and urban fantasy elements. It follows the story of a seventeen year old American girl McKenna McDwyer who discovers that  her origins and her true nature are shrouded in secrets and she may have special powers. McKenna goes on a quest to find her birth mother and gradually build up the knowledge of what she herself is capable of.

There were so many things I liked about the book. First of all, the writing style was extremely engaging. I felt transported into McKenna’s world and felt her confusion and her desire to solve the mystery of her mother’s whereabouts. Then the setting, of course-at some point McKenna and her friend Nissa reach Ireland and we see this wonderful country through their eyes. The characters- there’s nothing more relatable to a teenager than the desire to find the place where you belong or the people you belong with. There is also the gradual discovery of what makes you special, makesyou stand out.

There were a few things that didn’t particularly work for me. The story is set in 1991, so the author takes pains to let the reader know what the political situation was at that time, but McKenna expressing her hastily-formed opinion seemed detached from the story. What I was more interested in was the environmental angle which could have been developed more. Another thing I wasn’t particularly sure about was McKenna and Nissa’s insta-friendship.

Overall, I enjoyed this first part of what promises to  be an interesting series and I can’t wait to read the next book!

Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

AUTHOR BIO:Katrina Tortorici Anglehart is a born and bred Italian-Canadian from Montreal. A devoted academic, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; a graduate certificate in Scriptwriting; and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. After dabbling in TV writing and working as a digital marketing content manager, she left the nine to five to launch her freelance editing and coaching career. Today, she relishes in helping aspiring authors to develop and refine their stories.

Besides English, Katrina speaks French, Italian, and Spanglish. When she’s not writing, diving into magical reads, or Netflixing, she’s travelling with her favourite human–her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband, Andy–and obsessing over her pet bunny, Magic, and newly rescued pup, Nessie. Katrina currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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