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Fair Folk in Knob's End [Paperback]

Rachel Armstrong
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4 Mar 2013
As if the loss of her mother and moving to a new town weren't enough to contend with, sixteen-year-old Sophie James soon discovers that her new best friend is more than meets the eye. And the fate of an ancient, magical world may rest in their hands. As if losing her mother and moving to live with her grandmother in Knob's End weren't enough to contend with, sixteen-year-old Sophie James soon discovers that her new best friend is more than the average high school girl. Nerys is a magical Tylwyth Teg from the land of Annwn, and has been forced to seek refuge from a terrible fate. Unless the people of Annwn can find a way to break the pact made with the sinister Coraniaids some two thousand years before, Nerys and her sisters will be forced into marriage, and their homeland will be changed forever. To save Annwn, Sophie and Nerys need to find the Dagger of Everlasting Truth and destroy it. The problem is no one knows its location, and, with so many lives in mortal danger, there is no time for mistakes. Lies and danger lurk around every corner; yet there persists a rumour of a human girl who may hold the key to their salvation, a girl with the gift of prophecy. Could Sophie be the one?

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Featherweight Press (4 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608208516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608208517
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 14 May 2013
I received this book free for an honest review and did not expect that much as it was listed as a YA novel and I tend to prefer urban fantasy or paranormal romance but actually found myself swept away by the story.
It's the story of Sophie who has gone to live with her grandmother after her mothers death whilst her father has to work away. She starts at her new school and quickly makes friends with Nerys a girl with secrets of her own and becomes somewhat fascinated by two of her teachers who are both much more than they seem. Sophie is quickly swept up in events that will change her life and transport her to a magical land full of adventure and mayhem.
Sophie's journey takes place in tylwfth teg ( land of the fair folk) and sees her confronting mysterious creatures, giants and witches amongst others as she battles to save her friend Nerys and the land itself.
At first I found the multiple Celtic sounding words a bit confusing but the fast paced adventure swiftly overcame that. I found myself routing for Sophie and her new friends . Would I recommend it? Yes! The writing is a little stiff at times but I am sure the author will only continue to improve and I look forward to more from her
I would rate this a 4
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5.0 out of 5 stars LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Fair Folk in Knob's End 9 May 2013
By LITERAL ADDICTION - Published on Amazon.com
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

So, when an author friend asked if I’d read and review this book I was a bit hesitant. I have all but given up on YA since I discovered the plethora of adult Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Paranormal Erotica out there, but I love my friend dearly, and wanted to do this favor.

Settling in and not knowing quite what to expect, I was VERY pleasantly surprised that I couldn’t put this book down and devoured it in 1 and sittings. It may be labeled YA, but Fantasy lovers young and old will love this book. Think Lord of the Rings meets The Chronicles of Narnia, meets The Secret Circle.

Sophie is your average high school student in a new town. She meets some new friends, gains some new adversaries, and otherwise just tries to adjust. One of her rescuers, a girl in her grade named Nerys turns out to be so much more than what Sophie had ever imagined and an entire new world is opened for her. Literally.

Once the girls venture over to Tylwyth Teg and begin their true adventure, things get really exciting. The action in this book is heart pounding and I found myself vocally cheering on Sophie and her band of misfits the entire way. It was so easy to put myself in Sophie’s shoes during the journey - I got choked up and worried when things didn’t go as planned, I was excited when things did go as hoped, and I felt nervous just like I assume she would have during the unknowns, including that of her budding new romance.

This book really was incredible and I think that Rachel has a promising new future in the literary world. I can’t wait to read the 2nd book of the Daughters of Annwyn series, and hope that Ms. Armstrong gives us even more books and series to read and adore. If it weren’t for my author friend suggesting this, I probably would have never found it, and I am SO glad that I did. Now you all have me recommending it to you, so go out and enjoy if YA Fantasy peaks your interests. Like I said though, I truly believe that this book is wonderful for both young and “old” adults alike, and would recommend it as such. If you want an action packed fantasy read that sucks you in to the magickal world of Twylyth Teg and its inhabitants, hop on this ride.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Fair Folk in Knob’s End 5 Skulls and cannot wait for the 2nd installment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a whole new World 10 May 2013
By Sarah Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
I really liked this book. When I first started reading it, even though knowing it was a YA book, I thought it was going to be one that didn't appeal to adults. I was soon proven wrong however. This book had a strong plot line, intriguing characters, and it was moved along at a nice pace. Some of the names used in the magical world were very hard to pronounce, but in the many books I have read some of the best books have totally unpronounceable names, so i think that was a sign of good things to come.
The book starts off by introducing us to Sophie, a tall somewhat awkward girl in a new school, forced to come live with her grandma after losing both her parents. She makes some new friends, one of them, Nerys she feels drawn to for inexplicable reasons. She also gets weird vibes off one of her teachers, and seems to be able to sense that there are events going on she is incapable of comprehending at the moment but is smart enough to know danger is evident.
Sophie, by following Nerys one day discovers the existence of a second world, the world of Tylwyth Teg, where Nerys is actually from and where her parents reside. Sophie discovers that she is believed to be the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy and is there to save this land from the evil that is trying to invade it. I really thought the story took off at this point, when they go on their journey to find the dagger of everlasting truth. It had some thrilling battles that were fought, I love how the author used Sophie, who was clearly not a warrior in battle. She wasn't picking up swords and doing things she'd never had training in. She instead relied on the powers that had been entrusted to her and was able to command a small army of very dangerous creatures that saved the lives of her and her comrades. I loved the supporting characters, the magic, even the bad guys were well written and threw in some intriguing plot twists.
Overall I think this was a great opening novel, and I think the series could have a strong future if the author keeps the same tone she had in this book, and the same chemistry between the characters. Nothing seemed forced or contrived, and that's not an easy feat to pull of in my opinion.
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