Book Review: THE NIGHT SPINNER by Abi Elphinstone (Middle Grade Monday)

Title in white next to two children and a cat leaping through the air
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - last book of trilogy



Book review for THE NIGHT SPINNER: two children and a cat jump off a bridge onto a train below a blue title

Deep within Tanglefern Forest, Moll and her wildcat, Gryff, are waiting for a sign from the Old Magic before they continue their quest to find the last Amulet of Truth and free their world from the Shadowmasks’ terrible magic.

Still missing fellow Tribe member, Alfie, and armed only with a mysterious set of clues, Moll sets out on an adventure across the northern wilderness with Gryff and her friend Siddy at her side. They must brave the Lost Isles, scale the Barbed Peaks and face witches, goblins and giants who lurk at every turn . . . while the Shadowmasks draw ever closer.

Can Moll, Siddy and Gryff find the friend they think they have lost? And do the Tribe have what it takes to defeat the Dark magic once and for all?

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


THE NIGHT SPINNER is an action-packed trilogy finale. It was the perfect book to keep me company on a day when I was not feeling well, so just wanted something to curl up with and take my mind off how awful I was feeling. I read through it in the afternoon and evening, dashing from adventure to adventure, narrowly dodging threats with Moll as she faces down the last of the Shadowmasks – and has to fight to cling onto hope, no matter what.

There is a lot that cannot be said about this book without spoilers, as so much of what I want to talk about is the ending – the ups and downs, and the message at the heart of this book. Basically, it’s all about hope and continuing to believe even in the darkest times, which was SO perfect for when I read this (mid January)

There is so much happening between the pages of this book as Moll and Siddy head north with Gryff. We have goblins who make sly deals, the Highland Watch, selkies, and so much more bursting from the pages. I loved how much was fitted in as this is absolutely full of classic fantasy vibes.

This is certainly an epic fantasy book. Moll has a quest, and is on the final leg to defeat the evil, but evil keeps sending forces against her to delay her, and the world as a whole keeps throwing things in her path she has to navigate before going after her friends.

I am almost at the end of reading through all of Abi Elphinstone’s currently published work (booo, but at least there is another book out this year). It’s always a treat when you discover a new author who already has a lot of books under their belt, like I did with Abi last year. Now to find a new UKMG author!

Read my reviews of other books by Abi Elphinstone:

The Dreamsnatcher (this series):

The Unmapped Chronicles:



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