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Gloucester author pens young adult fantasy book

Alexis Powell of Gloucester is the author of “The Sanctuary of the White Witch,” a 192-page work of young adult fiction. The 24-year-old said it took her two years to complete the book, which came out in August.

In the book, a young girl named Gwen travels to a magical castle in Poland run by the white witch. Gwen makes the trip with her aunt and her aunt’s coven, headed to the international witches’ convention hosted every year by the white witch.

Powell said at the convention, the visitors practice spells and crafts while networking with each other. Eventually, Powell said Gwen discovers a special bond with the white witch, a bond that the white witch knew about but that Gwen has to discover for herself. “Such is the hero’s journey,” Powell said, adding that there are also some werewolves involved. 

Powell said she based the white witch’s castle on Moszna castle, located in Poland. “It was exactly what I wanted for my cast...

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