The Good Witch of the South

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
354 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Good Witch of the South by T. C. Bartlett is a young adult novel with a strong protagonist and a plot that is never boring. The land of Oz is once again threatened and this time, it will take more than a Good Witch to save it. Samantha Goodwitch has big shoes to fill and she knows it. Being the daughter of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, comes with certain expectations and Sam doesn’t know if she can ever live up to them. However, when Sam hears rumors about dragons, she needs to find them before war ravages the land of Oz. But the road ahead is dangerous and she figures that out very soon. She finds an unexpected ally in Akasha, a Shadow Mountain Cat. The two team up to find the dragons. However, the more they look, the deeper the mystery becomes. Before they know it, loyalties are questioned and the war begins. When sides are being picked, they realize this might be the last time peace was a constant companion in the land of Oz.

Sam’s character is very complex. She wants to do good, to make sure her people are safe during and after the war, and she wants peace. However, her actions are often the cause behind the trouble, something she is not prepared for. She has a comfortable relationship with Elle and the two understand each other. However, it is Sam’s relationship with Akasha that got my attention. They are opposites but they have a mutual respect for each other. The Good Witch of the South is brilliantly composed and exceptionally executed. The elements of magic, adventure, action, and suspense all bring a sense of excitement and make the story an absolute joy to read. The descriptions are vivid and mesmerizing. They transport readers into the story and make them live the moment with the characters. This is definitely a story that you want more of, which why I hope T. C. Bartlett will write a sequel soon.

K.C. Finn

The Good Witch of the South is a work of fiction in the fantasy genre. It is aimed at young adults and was penned by author T. C. Bartlett. The book is set in the established fantasy world of Oz and follows the journey of Samantha Goodwitch, daughter of the Good Witch of the South. Dissatisfied with living under her mother’s rules, Samantha escapes from their home to go on an adventure of her own. But stepping out from her mother’s protection exposes her to the reality of life in Oz, and it isn’t long before Samantha is preparing for the last Great War of Oz.

Author T. C. Bartlett has delivered a highly compelling fantasy novel in the young adult genre that is a different spin on the Wizard of Oz. My favorite thing about this story was the author's ability to take a story well known to us and turn it into something fresh and original, with new insights into the plot. Samantha is brave, determined, and strong, making her an exciting protagonist that is a joy to follow. The author's world-building and attention to detail are second to none, giving us a story full of imagination, adventure and hope. The Good Witch of the South does an expert job of taking characters that we know well and developing them into new characters that resemble the ones we know but with their own twist, making them feel original and unique. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to fans of fantasy novels of all ages, and those looking for a story that will allow them to escape to another world.

Samantha Gregory

The Good Witch of the South by T. C. Bartlett follows a young witch named Sam, who is the daughter of the Good Witch of the South from Oz, Glinda. At sixteen years old, she lives a peaceful life in Oz, until rumors of an evil threatening the land start to spread. Sam sneaks out of the castle to try to find dragons, wanting an adventure of her own, but danger awaits her. Along with her new friend, Akasha, she faces the biggest challenge of her life. The author really brings the story to life and there is so much to read about. I like that it follows a new character other than the originals as there have been so many books on Dorothy and the witches already. It gives a fresh perspective and a fresh voice and the reader gets to go on new adventures too.

T. C. Bartlett has written an engaging and imaginative tale that takes the story of Oz further and looks at the next generation. Dorothy's reign is over and Oz has changed greatly. The story is well written and captures the magic of the original while bringing something new to the table. Sam is a great character and I enjoyed reading this book and about her adventures. I think it would appeal to fans of the original and to fantasy fans. While the book does have a young protagonist, I do think it can be enjoyed by older readers too. I would definitely recommend The Good Witch of the South.