Review: Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew S. Cox

Title: Emma and the Banderwigh
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release Date: October 11, 2015


Ten-year-old Emma doesn’t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night–until she meets one.

She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan’s fanciful bedtime stories silly.

One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children’s tears.

Darkness comes calling on Emma’s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it. 


I had requested this one on Netgalley, I thought it sounded so cute and fairytale like. And I was happy when I got notice that they accepted my request. since I’m from the Netherlands it seems I’m excluded from lots of books.

Any way, when I started reading this book I saw I was right. It really was like a fairy tale, a dark one at that. Which is right up my alley! I can’t say that it immediately drew me in, I had to get used to the writing style first. If you think about it, it’s only natural  because it is a children’s book. But once I got into the rhythm of it I finished it in no time.

Emma, who sounds much older and wiser than her age, is so adorable and brave. Reading from her POV I kind of feel like a bum. I mean she does so much, she’s like a mini mom at times. I tip my hat to you, little lady.

Her view is very practical in the beginning, it’s kind of like “I can see, I can touch then it’s real”. But along the way that changes, as she encounters a being that terrifies many. A being that she believed was nothing but a scary story.

What happens next is a dark, magical ride in which Emma rediscovers herself. Discovers that not all can be trusted and others despite their nature can. Her beliefs are torn apart and then mended together even more strongly.

This book is a very mature children’s read, at least that’s what it feels like to me. That is why I’m convinced that not only children will enjoy it, heck I haven’t been a child for a long time and I liked it.

Afterwards I even went looking for mentions of a sequel. Why? Well, I think Emma still has a lot of work cut out for her….plus I want to know if certain promises are uphold…

I’m going to give it 4 couples….what can I say, I’m a sucker for a well written fairy tale…

*I’ve received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, thank you publisher & author



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