"Williams creates a page-turning pace throughout. Minor gripes aside, the story is well-edited, highly readable, and free from the dull filler content that so often plagues the fantasy genre." - Roxanne A., Goodreads
Release Date: January 28th, 2020
Shh! Can you keep a secret?
In wild medieval Britain thirteen-year-old Wynn Hoppringle has a big secret of the smallest kind. She has discovered a miniature village hidden close to her family home of Smailholm Tower. When tales of merciless border raiders reach the small folk, they realise they are in danger and must seek a cure to their strange predicament. Can Wynn help her tiny friends or will the scheming King quog have other ideas? Heroes it seems come in all sizes.
“A spellbinding tale of adventure, magic and friendship” - V.F.Sharp, author of The Forest of Arrows
"You see for many years a secret has been kept beneath my family home—Smailholm Tower, the wild brambles hiding a big secret of the smallest kind. It is a secret which only I seem to have discovered—that of the miniature folk of Smailholm. They say they were once the same size as I, but they were shrunk by some other-worldly curse."
"So tiny she is, I could pick her up in the palm of my hand, put her in my pocket and you wouldn’t think she was there at all.
She has no wings to make her fly; nor ears that point to a peak. She is neither a fairy nor a spritely elf, as the old folk tales might say. Simply a jolly woman singing a jolly song. In fact, if my size didn’t dwarf her tiny frame you wouldn’t realise she was any different at all."
About the author:
Claire Williams lives in Cheshire with her husband Howard and children Ava and Henry. She is proud to be called a ‘Clayhead’ – a person born in the Potteries (Stoke on Trent, UK) and will always turn over a china cup to see where it is made. She is a huge fantasy fan and will often be found snuggled in front of the TV with her children watching a sci-fi or fantasy movie. Smailholm is her first novel, inspired by visits to the Scottish Borders on family holidays.