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The scent of magic

The scent of magic

McNish, Cliff

All over the world children are discovering they have magical powers. But the reason is that the evil witches of the planet Ool are determined to avenge Dragwena's death by manipulating an army of children and fighting the good wizards

Paperback, Book. English. Fantasy fiction. Children's stories.
Published London: Dolphin, 2002
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Statement of responsibility: Cliff McNish
ISBN: 1842550543, 9781842550540
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: London: Orion Children's, 2001.
Physical Description: 215 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: Doomspell trilogy ; bk. 2
Subject: Witches Juvenile fiction.; Good and evil Juvenile fiction.

Author note

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His first book was THE DOOMSPELL, inspired by a story he told his young daughter. Since then he has published THE SILVER SEQUENCE and the highly acclaimed stand-alone supernatural thrillers, BREATHE (winner of the SALFORD and CALDERDALE BOOK AWARDs), ANGEL, SAVANNAH GREY, THE HUNTING GROUND and 2014's GOING HOME. His books have been translated into 23 languages, and are published to acclaim in the US.

Find out more at, and follow him on Twitter @cliffmcnish and Facebook at


McNish tells a rattling good tale, and his well-plotted narrative races through some excellent twists and turns to a spectacular climax.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH||The language used is rich and evocative, full of visual and sensory imagery it captures the readers interest and imagination from the beginning and holds it with ease to the end.
SCHOOL LIBRARIAN||Anyone who enjoyed The Doomspell will want to follow it up with The Scent of Magic, in which the battle between the Witches and Earth's children moves onto our planet.
THE TIMES||The Scent of Magic continues The Doomspell story, but if anything the characterisations are deeper, the plot even more intriguing, and it is all carried off with a verve, pace and sheer passion for pure storytelling that make McNish's novels so compulsive.
AMAZON||This is a children's book full of inventive touches great ideas, evocative descriptions, and page-turning pace.
VECTOR||It is a spellbinding read full of excitement and suspense. A brilliant sequel to The Doomspell.

Back cover copy

Rachel and her brother, Eric, are extraordinary. She is a spell-maker. He is a destroyer of spells.

The high Witch, Heebra, wants Rachel and Eric crushed and her enemies, the Wizards, destroyed. A party of Witches is dispatched to find the thousands of children with powers like Rachel's, and turn them into a ferocious army.

Can Rachel and Eric stop the Witches and win the battle between good and evil?


'McNish tells a rattling good tale, and his well-plotted narrative races through some excellent twists and turns to a spectacular climax' The Daily Telegraph


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