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on 9 January 2010
In The 13 Treasures, Michelle Harrison introduced us to second-sighted Tanya and her dark, dangerous world of fairy. We also met secondary character Rowan 'Red' Fox, an orphaned thirteen year old girl determined to rescue her baby brother from the fairy realm. The 13 Curses takes us back to the very same fairy world, with the very same characters - but this time, our focus is firmly on Red herself.

Although Red is our MC this time around, we do get a chance to revisit Tanya and Fabian. When Red scores an audience with the fairy court, she's set a task: the thirteen treasures from Tanya's charm bracelet are scattered far and wide. It's down to the three friends to track them down if Red's going to stand a chance of getting her brother back. Except these aren't ordinary charms, and it's not going to be that simple. What it will be is perilous, full of suspense, and wicked good fun.

I loved The 13 Treasures, so at first I was taken aback to find that the sequel is not Tanya's story but Red's. After all, I'd bonded with 'the tricketty one'. I knew her. Red, on the other hand, was a mere acquaintance. An unknown quantity. And, as it turns out, the absolute best protagonist The 13 Curses could have. Red has a fascinating backstory, and we learn about this in tantalising flashbacks that explain exactly how she's become so tough and so guarded at such a young age. Her adventure is an exciting one, but it's also a journey of self-discovery. To defeat the fairies, Red has to know herself.

When it comes to sequels, I don't tend to dwell on the world-building as much I would with a first book or a standalone. After all, it's usually all been set up - we're just returning to a world we already know, right? The 13 Curses, however, is the type of sequel that highlights just how well the world was built in the first place. It's satisfyingly detailed, it never breaks its own logic, and it made me want to go back and read The 13 Treasures again, just so I could marvel at how well the foundations for Red's story were laid. I'm already looking forward to more of the same in the third book, The 13 Wards, which is currently set to be the last in this series.

Like The 13 Treasures, Michelle Harrison's second book has major crossover appeal. Younger teens will no doubt appreciate the fact that Harrison never talks down to her readers: Red has heartbreaking choices to make, and there's no easy way out. The general YA readership will also find much to charm them in the complexity of the storytelling and the authenticity of Harrison's fairy lore. Hogwarts fans suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal symptoms? Step this way, if you please. There's magic here.
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on 25 February 2015
I'm going to keep this short. I adore the fictional world that this trilogy is set in, and the way that the fairies...well, aren't your typical fairies. This book, largely focuses on Rowan (otherwise known as Red) and her endeavors of finding her brother. I think that Red is a highly interesting character, and I loved finding out more about her and other figures such as Warwick. I enjoyed the hunt for the charms- the way each had its own curse was particarly beguiling, however, they did seem to find the charms a little too easily, but that's ok. A really good series, I'd reccommend it to anyone.
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on 28 February 2013
This was a brilliant sequel to Michelle Harrison's first book, the 13 treasures. Red has been trapped in the fairy realm ever since she volunteered to take the place of Tanya. She soon realises that time passes differently in the parallel world. All is well until she falls into the hands of the hedge witch, an evil glamour maker. On a mission to find her brother she must reunite the 13 treasures, but are they really 13 curses?!! This was an epic book about friendship and adveneture and I loved it!!
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on 23 January 2012
When i read The Thirteen Treasures i loved it so much, it is my favourite book of all time but when i started reading The Thirteen Curses it definately didnt stand a chance against The Thirteen Treasures. It was interesting to see more of what the characters were getting up to but it wasnt as good because it didnt draw me in and wasnt as enjoyable to read! I wouldnt recommend this to anyone but if they want to try it out, go ahead!
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on 12 August 2011
GREAT book! I love the adventure these kids get into. Red is my favorite character in the series and I was so excited to find The 13 Curses is through her eyes. She is such a courageous, and inventive girl.

I'm a huge fan of all things fey and this series has an interesting twist on fairies. Author Michelle Harrison incorporated a lot of faerie lore into these stories. It is VERY cool!
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on 23 April 2011
I was really excited about reading this book because I loved the first one, and I was very pleased with the result. It had the same adventurous feeling like the first one. The characters are really strong, especially Tanya and Red. I think that Red is the best character because it goes right back into her childhood and you get to know so much about her. Do not hesitate to get this book!
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on 3 January 2010
When Red Fox saw her brother stolen from the childrens' home, she vowed to get him back no matter what it took. The Thirteen Curses is the story of her struggle to do that.

The book starts with an overlap of the first book, told from Red's point of view as she finds her way around the faerie realm. Gradually, we learn more about her tragic past but Red isn't the kind of girl to let you feel sorry for her. She's feisty and determined and doesn't let anything stand in her way. The book flits between the mortal world and the faerie realm, picking up Tanya's story from the first book and weaving it skillfully once more with Red's. In order to save Red's brother, the two girls must work together to retrieve the charms from Tanya's charm bracelet, which have been spread by the faeries throughout the mortal world. Each charm has been given the qualities of the treasure it represents but it soon becomes clear that the charms have a sinister side and suddenly more than one life depends on Red and Tanya's mission.

I couldn't wait to read this book and it didn't disappoint, keeping me up very late into the night devouring it. Michelle Harrison has built on the fabulous Thirteen Treasures to create a roller-coaster sequel and her descriptions of the faerie world are breathtaking. I really hope there will be another book about Tanya and Red's adventures - I need to know what happens next!
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on 25 March 2013
Amazing book
I times I thought it was easy to predict but it always twisted into the most unpredictable turn of events
I love this book, a real complement to the first book. Left me yearning for more, can't wait to get started on the last of the series
I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone
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This is a really great read, with lots of magic and danger. The three children Tanya, Red and Fabian have to trace clues from history in order to save a dear friend and someone else very special to Red indeed. But maybe they would have liked things to go a little differently i think!
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on 6 August 2014
I am into adventure story's so this was my kind of book!
I like how red finds out so many facts about herself in it and Tanya and Fabian help her to find the charms!
I would recommend this book and the others in the series to people who like adventure and mystery!!!
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