In Deep Dark Wood

InDeepDarkWood The mysterious arrival of Bella Blackwell, ‘The Bird Woman’, to the village of Ballyglen disturbs the peace and quiet of the Murphy household next door. Granny Rose is suspicious of Bella, and Rory doesn’t trust her, but ten-year-old Mia falls under the old woman’s spell. Bella tells Mia of a faraway place, a world where dragons and giants and ancient magic still exists, and asks Mia to become her apprentice and learn the old ways.

One dark night Mia disappears and Rory, determined to find his sister, follows her to a world he does not believe in. Riding the ‘Shadow Hound’, he journeys to a strange land of legendary creatures and terrible dangers.

Bella uses all her powers to prevent the brother and sister finding each other, but Rory begins a brave quest to rescue his sister, break the strange enchantment that Bella has over her and find a way home.

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‘You will have to read this enchanting book. As you read you will find yourself falling under the spell of Conlon McKenna’s wonderful writing and vivid imagination.’
Dublin Echo

‘An absorbing tale of magic and dragons by one of our most popular children’s writers’
Sunday Independent

Here are some other covers for In Deep Dark Wood

InDeepDarkWood-first Irish cover

Original Irish cover


German cover

InDeepDarkWood-second Irish cover

Second Irish cover