Book Review: Babes in the Wood The Witches of Woodville II by Mark Stay #BabesintheWood @markstay @RandomTTours @simonschuster


In a quiet village in rural Kent, a magical mystery leads to murder . . .

Woodville has returned to ‘normal’ after the departure of the Crow Folk. The villagers put out fires from aircraft shot down in the Battle of Britain, and Faye Bright discovers that magic can be just as dangerous as any weapon.

The arrival of a trio of Jewish children fleeing the Nazis brings the fight for Europe to the village. When their guardian is found dead, Faye must play nanny to the terrified children while gathering clues to uncover a dark magic that threatens to change the course of the war. And she must do it quickly – the children have seen too much and someone wants them silenced for good.

My Review

Babes in the Wood picks up a month after the events in The Crow Folk and it starts with a bang when Faye witnesses a plane crash into a garage. When Faye rushes to the garage to see if anyone is hurt she comes across Klaus and his cousins Magda, Max and Rudolph (Rudy) who have arrived in the village after feeling from the Nazis. After saving the group Faye starts to see visions of Klaus being found dead. When this vision comes true and she starts having further visions involving Magda, Max and Rudy Faye decides she must do everything that she can to stop the visions coming true. What do the visions means? Will Faye succeed in her plan? Can Faye work out what is after the children and why?

I read the first book in The Witches of Woodville series, The Crow Folk in February and I absolutely adored that book. I have since been eagerly awaiting the second book in the series and I can honestly say I loved this book as much as the first.

It was great to catch up with Faye and the other characters in the book including Terence, Faye’s father, Bertie, Miss Charlotte and Mrs Teach. As a character Faye has developed significantly since The Crow Folk. She is under the tutelage of Miss Charlotte and Mrs Teach and her powers are growing and developing. It is clear that she is becoming a very powerful witch and may in the future surpass her teachers.

The storyline in this book like the first had me hooked from the first page especially when it starts with a plane crashing into a garage. There’s something truly magical about the way the series is written and it captures your imagination from the outset. Every time I picked up the book I was transported back to the 1940s. The scenes towards the end involving the whole village were both action packed and terrifying. The story is the perfect mix of mystery and magic based in a war time setting. I wouldn’t change anything about the writing style, the series or the characters. The author has done an absolutely fantastic job in bringing magic to the 1940s which is one of my favourite things.

The Witches of Woodville has quickly become one of my new favourite series and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes books about magic and history.

Author Bio

Mark Stay co-wrote the screenplay for Robot Overlords which became a movie with Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, and premiered at the 58th London Film Festival. He is co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast and has worked in bookselling and publishing for over twenty-five years. He lives in Kent, England, with his family and a trio of retired chickens. He blogs and humblebrags over at

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