Alice Will by Ashley Chappell is a brilliant fantasy story that follows two girls, Alice and Trotter, who both have incredible powers that they don’t fully understand or know how to control. They live in a world of gods and magic where their powers attract a lot of attention. It’s the first book in the Dreams of Chaos series.
I’ve really enjoyed reading this book. The fantasy setting has something of a Neil Gaiman feel to it, with elements that also bring to mind Lewis Carroll and Douglas Adams. It’s very whimsical and at times surreal – a real treat for the imagination!
Alice and Trotter are both great characters. Their powers allow them to shape their realities according to their wishes and fantasies. Trotter is more hesitant with her powers – as she is older she’s had more experiences of things going wrong. And she has Prowler – a talking cat who tries his very best to stop her doing anything dangerous!
The story has plenty of mysteries to unravel and threats to worry about. The narrative shifts frequently between different strands of the story, often leaving the reader on a slight cliffhanger.
I’d definitely recommend this to fantasy fans looking for something new to read. I’m already thinking of friends I could get it for! It’s a great story, brilliant setting and loveable characters. A solid 5 stars from me!