My first Lene Kaaberbøl book, but possibly not my last. Wildwitch Wildfire is book no. 1 in what looks like a series about Clara, who is small and shy and completely normal, until the day she is attacked by a – very large – black cat.
She becomes quite ill, and she discovers things about herself and her family. And then she ends up living with an aunt, who is a bit of a witch, and whose task it is to make Clara a fully fledged witch herself.
It seems to be less of the evil witch stuff (apart from the kind of evil you need in a book) and more a case of living in harmony with wildlife. To do good things; to fight what is bad.
Our heroine proves much more resourceful than she expects to be, and she is very brave when she has to be.
And that cat? Well…
(Translated from Danish by Charlotte Barslund, and illustrated by Rohan Eason.)