Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew Cox is an excellent science fiction fantasy for teens and young adults. I gave it five stars because it kept me entertained from start to finish. Thanks to the author for a great read.
Emma is a ten year old girl on an epic adventure. She doesn't want to believe Nan's stories of the Banderwigh but is still frightened by the tales told to her and her younger brother Tam. So was I. The tension when Emma begins to learn what she doesn't want to believe is real is immense. The Banderwigh is a dark creature who feeds off children's tears and sorrow and drains their life away.
She wants to protect Kimber, a little red haired girl from the village who is beaten by her father and forced to go into the Widowswood to collect apples to sell. He uses any money for drink rather than food, so she's also starving.
The girl on the cover appears older than Emma's age.
I received a complimentary kindle copy from Curiosity Quills Press and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Banderwigh-Matthew-S-Cox-ebook/dp/B016ITKWQ8