This was a delightful sequel to the first book, The Apprentice Witch, and very much a middle grade offering.
Although the cover art on both are quite scary, the boggins and skalks and ghasts and grippets coming out of the Great Wood never really do anyone any harm, and the young witch, Arianwyn, never really gets hurt, although she has a few close calls.
In this second book, she discovers that just because she passed her witch exams and is now a working witch, she still has a lot to learn about her place in the village of Lull. She must deal with the creatures coming out of the Great Wood, not all of them bad, and a growing plague of hex, which threatens her frenemy, Gimma. The High Elder tasks her with a secret mission: finding a book of "Silent Glyphs." But the book is not what it seems, and a gnawing doubt causes her to withhold the truth about the book, setting up the third book nicely.