Do you remember when you used to think that fairies lived inside the hill?,
This review is from: Heather Island (Kindle Edition)
This book seems to be aimed at pre-teens, but I must say I really enjoyed it too! It tells the tale of a small island where drilling for gold is taking place. The men find a cave and a dark shadow moves towards them filling them with a cold, freezing sensation – they leave hurriedly in shock –a dark force has been unleashed. The story moves to the children Ross and Amy who are on holiday on the mainland. They’re playing on Fairy Hill and joke about believing that fairies lived there when they were younger (they’re now 12 and nearly 8). They find a stone circle in a ruined croft cottage and stepping into it, fall into another ‘world’ only to discover they’ve shrunk and then they meet the Firey folk Angus McRaascal and his wife Heather. They start to learn about the fairies (or Fireys as they call themselves) and humans (or Clodders), glow powder so they can see in the dark, portstones to travel between worlds. They also learn that Firey children have been disappearing and that the Elders of the Firey Court have a task for them. Over on the island, Heather Island – Eileen na Fraoch – where the Fireys lived previously they worked the mines. One day there was an accident resulting in many Firey deaths and in the deep mine something ‘indescribably horrific’ was unleashed, The Mantles. The rest of the book continues the tale of the expedition to the island and what happens there and its happy conclusion.
The book is well written and the writer paints a rich picture of the Firey world and how they live in considerable and delightful detail. The story flows and is compelling so that you really have to keep reading to find out what happens next. The adventures of Ross and Amy, and the Firey children Callum and Annabel remind me of a modern Famous Five (minus the dog!) – just the sort of thing any child would like to be part of on their summer holiday! Thoroughly enjoyable.