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The Fairy's Tale (The Pathways Tree Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Bea is a cabbage fairy who wants to be a fairy godmother. Fairies aren't usually made godmothers... least of all cabbage fairies. In the meantime things are going wrong in the state - the mirrors are breaking and the human belief in Fae is fading.
This is a well thought out, well realised world. It's also funny. Bea is a bit of a bumbling Everywoman (Everyfairy?) at the beginning, but gets stronger and stronger as a character as the book progresses.
My favourite character is probably Ana - the ugly sister who isn't mean or stupid. She definitely gets the best lines. The relationship between her and her step sister Sindy is lovely too. King John was a bit annoying at first, but grew on me as we got to see more of him.
The ending was dramatic and Happy For Now (you can't really have a Happy Ever After for Bea, seeing as the book is about narrative convention and predetermined plots!). There were a lot of loose threads at the end of the book - what happened to Seven? And who/what is Mistasinon? What's the story with Melly? And Bea's family? All fodder for sequels, I guess.
All in all, good fun. If you like Terry Pratchett, or the Artemis Fowl books, you'll like this.
But shouting at characters, instead of the author is always a good sign. It shows I’ve been sucked into caring about them, and I did. Despite being fairy tale characters, they couldn’t have been more human. I especially loved the friendship of the main character Bea, and Joan and Melly. It felt like my friendship with my friends: we quarrel, we make mistakes but we love each other.
The world feels well thought out. The mix of all the different fairy tale characters with a new spin, has worked beautifully and sometimes hilariously. It reminded me of the TV series Once Upon a Time but only because of the way the author took freedom on the original stories. It felt very entertaining.
There’s a big hole left after finishing the book. The story of “the characters” of Bea’s plot has been done and dusted, that of Bea and her friends, hasn’t. Of course there’s a sequel so it’s a genius way to make me want to go on reading about their journey, since I’m still in the middle of it, lots of unfinished business and open questions.
The only critique I would leave here is that there were some spelling and punctuation mistakes left in this edition, and they’re like red flags to this girl here :)
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Well written, plausible characters, and lashings of dry humour.Published 2 months ago by Karmicnull
An original take on fairy godmothers and the power of stories. If you like your magic to come with consequences, this is the tale for you!Published 8 months ago by Mhairi Simpson
I never thought I would say this but thank you F.D.Lee for the lack of sleep! I couldn’t put your book down!!! I loved it! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hannah Phillips-Haynes
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I am not someone who is usually immersed in fiction books at first but from page one of this book I was immediately gripped and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book in one go. This was a true feast of creativity and inspirations, and I enjoyed every page of it The author shows off her prowess in mixing... Read more
A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.
Lee's characters are full of life, and imbue her rich fantasy world with humanity. Read more
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