Gwyn on his Ninth birthday was given four strange gifts by his grandmother, Nain, who gave instructions for them, to be thrown one at a time to the wind. One was a brooch, the second was a piece of seawead, the third was a scarf and the fourth was a wooden horse. Later in the story when it was really windy Gwyn threw the brooch into the wind and the wind brought back the snow spider. The snow spider span a web for Gwyn to look into. Gwyn looked into it and saw his lost sister. Throughout the story, Gwyn throws the other gifts to the wind. As I read the story, I really wanted to know why Gwyn was throwing the presents to the wind. Soon I found out the reason why. Gwyn threw the scarf out of the widnow and to his amazement he made some wind come and the scarf got whipped away. Afterwards, the scarf brought back his sister.
Whilst she was staying, Gwyn's grandmother-Nain, tells him that he is a magician, but when Gwyn gets home he finds that his mother has washed the spider down the drain and he has nothing left to give to the wind apart from the wooden horse, but there is a very good reason in the story why he must not use it. He did use it and something terrible happened...
I enjoyed the suspense in this story. I couldn't predict what was going to happen next. I felt that I could relate to Gwyn as he is a similar age to me and it made me wish I had the same magical abilities as him.
As Nia, a friend of Gwyn's from the first book in the series, sat in a removal van she saw Emlyn a boy from school in a chapel near her new house. Nia wanted to see more inside the chapel, but then the removal van moved off. Later on at the new house Nia took the dog for a walk and bumped into Emlyn and she went to the chapel with him. When she went inside she saw a lot of paintings and from the roof lots of handmade butterflys are dangling. When Nia went home she found the snow spider. Later on in the story Nia was doing a project for school and she needed some material for the blossom in her picture. She went to Emlyn and he gave her a dress to use for the blossom. When she went home she tried the dress on and the snow spider span a web as she needed a mirror. When Nia looked into it she could see Emlyn's mother, who ran away when Emlyn was little. After seeing this, Nia and Gwyn decided that they needed to do something to help Emlyn.
At Nia's house her soldier cousin unexpectedly phoned to say that he was coming to stay. When he came over to stay, Gwyn accidently trapped an evil spirit inside the soldier. The evil spirit is trying to replay it's own Welsh story again through this soldier, Nia's cousin. This means that Gwyn, for the rest of the story, has to stop Nia's cousin doing evil things. I found this really shocking and it was quite scary.
I enjoyed these books because they had unexpected happenings in them and the author didn't give the ending away so easily. I'd recommend the first book to six and upwards and the second and third, because of their more scary aspects to eight and upwards. The last two books use language for older children and this reflects the age of Gwyn and the other children growing up in the story.