In Moïra Fowley-Doyle‘s Spellbook of the Lost and Found, eight teens find themselves on a perilous journey after finding a mysterious spellbook that will help them rediscover stolen possessions– at a price. For everything found, something must be lost. Worlds collide as the two different groups try to find balance and unravel the mystery of the spell and its consequences.
There’s a lot of warning and lessons wrapped up in magical objects in Young Adult literature. Can something powerful and mysterious really ever be trusted? We’re looking back at some magical objects in YA to try to figure it all out.
Tom Riddle’s Diary – Harry Potter
The Harry Potter universe has plenty of helpful magical objects, but there are some seriously shady ones in the mix. One such article is a book: Tom Riddle’s Diary. The magical voice within the pages offers both Harry and Ginny guidance and answers, but it’s really a young Voldemort manipulating them in the hopes of destroying Hogwarts.
Alethiometer – His Dark Materials
We could all use a good alethiometer in our lives. The device serves one major purpose: To help young protagonist Lyra measure the honesty of others and uncover their intent. While its great to have magical objects that help you get things done, this might be the supernatural in its purest form.
The Book of White – The Shadowhunters Universe
Status: Both? Neither?!
Like many objects in this world, it all depends on the hands it ends up in. Thankfully, we’ve only seen The Book of White in the hands of Magnus Bane, who only uses it to revive someone from an eternal sleep. But the powerful book of spells surely poses a threat down the line. Unlike The Black Volume of the Dead– which is just straight-up evil magic– there’s potential for things to go either way.
The Book of Disruption – The Witch’s Child
The name saying it all. The fated book in The Witch’s Child series has the power to manipulate the whole world to an individual’s will. That’s why it was split apart and its various pieces hidden to prevent any one person from getting their hands on it. Of course, these safety measures never work out quite as planned.
The Eye of Elena/The Lock – Throne of Glass
When Aelin first receives The Eye of Elena, she thinks it’s a spell bit of protection. That’s pretty awesome in itself, but the necklace turns out to be even more: It’s actually The Lock, a crucial instrument required to bring together other magical objects and keep the world from falling into disarray. This seemingly harmless object is mighty powerful, but unlike many other objects, it’s used positively.
So what’s the lesson here, folks? If you happen to stumble upon something mysterious, be very, very weary. It may help you out, but there’s a lot of darkness and mischief just waiting to take advantage of a passerby out there!
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One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it’s full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, their young daughters, and their old cat. Moïra’s French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings. Moïra started a PhD on vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight, when she was told that if she wrote a story about spiders she wouldn’t be afraid of them anymore. Moïra is still afraid of spiders, but has never stopped writing stories. She is the author of The Accident Season and Spellbook of the Lost and Found.