Review of The Thickety

Hand in hand, the witch's children walked down the empty road.

When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic . . . except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.

The black-leaved trees swayed toward Kara and then away, as though beckoning her.

The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.

And that is just the beginning of the story.

The Thickety: A Path Begins is the start of a thrilling and spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic.

The Thickety was another one of those books I imagined as a movie produced by Tim Burton. It was dark, mysterious and creepy. After seeing Maleficent, it was easy to imagine the dark, creepy forest that held this island in check. I have been reading mostly YA lately, so it was fun to change it up a little bit with more of a middle school genre. It was a good book for anyone in-between middle school to adult.

  • The setting was interesting and unusual. There was an island, which reminded me a lot of The Village by M. Night Shyamalan. They were safe from magic and the influence of the world on this island. But also on the island was a mysterious forest that was almost like trying to “take over” the island.
  • Magic is always a fun topic for me! I cannot help it, I love books about magic and witches! The magic in this book was unique, the witches had to use grimoire to perform their magic. The last page of the grimoire held a promise of destruction if used unwisely.
  • I loved Kara and her brother. They were so cute together, I love siblings who really love and care for each other. Plus Taff was hilarious! I wish he had more funny lines in the book.
  • The theme of the book was fun, it was a good message with an entertaining story.

  • This being more of a middle school age book, I think that it did lose some of the depth I was expecting. I think the contrast between the island and the “world” could really have been explored at a deeper level.
  • The world building was also a little short for me. I wanted more detail about the island and the forest.


  1. Ah yes it's a little more difficult when it's about younger persons sometimes. I didn't know this one the forest thing is intriguing.

  2. Another positive review of this book. It's like the world is testing my resilience because this book ain't exactly cheap on kindle. I just hope prices drop or I'll give in, I swear! I cannot have the whole world loving it, while I slumber in ignorance, can I? Also, read that Patterson book faster, I need a review!!!!

  3. This book also reminded me of "The Village." It's an awesome book, though it would have scared the socks off me as a kid. Can't wait to read the second book - the Author said it would explore more of the outside world.

  4. It's a shame that this one does seem a little young. I like middle grade but I have to be in the mood for them. But still, the setting does sound cool

    Great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs


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