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The upshot for me was that this turned out to be a bit of a surprise, and had a lot more depth, entertainment value, structure and interest than I expected. The characters, plot, and writing style felt very middle grade, (rather than YA), but I mean that in a good way. This book has some oomph, is packed with interesting and well-crafted characters, and includes scenes of real suspense. There is a tiny touch of romance, some broad humor, a bit of witty coomentary from the aforementioned horse, and sometimes a melancholy tone, all of which elevates the book well beyond the usual predictable quest fantasy.
So, if you're looking for a fantasy adventure with a strong and appealing heroine and a solid well-crafted feel, this could be a nice find. (Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. It is currently a kindleunlimited choice. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Ms Barton has created a world where fairies and humans live side by side, although not all humans are happy about it. The world and those who inhabit it are unique and very easy to visualise.
This is a children's book but it is very dark and, as such totally appeals to the darkness in me. It is definitely more Brothers Grimm than Disney and i love it for that.
the book is extremely easy to read and totally enthralling. It draws you in from the first word and drags you along on a whole series of adventures that, by the end has Fiona all but dead after failing to pay the price for trying to save her best friend from a terrible conspiracy.
The descriptions of everything from characters, to the settings, to the horrendous attack by the wild cat and Fiona's decline almost to the point of death are clear, detailed, engaging and vivid. I don't think I'm giving anything away in saying 'almost' because with a sequel in the offing (thank the gods)it's pretty much a certainty Fiona survived.
All in all this book is a stunning dark fairytale and well worth a read. It's the best teen book I've read in a long time and, for me, is right up there with Percy Jackson and the likes.
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book about an adventurous girl and the series of adventures that she goes through to save her friend. It is easy to say that the main character, Fiona Thorn, is a complex character with simple morals. She values love, friendship, trust, loyalty, and faith. Fiona Thorn is a prickly character at times but she brings the story to life. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a mixed tale of real life values and problems with a fairytale twist, including, talking animals, evil villains, fairies, and enchanted forests. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book that children of all ages will enjoy but can be specifically catered to the middle school population.
The book is middle grade/YA, but it isn't too light like some books in this age range are. It's the perfect mix of dark and light fantasy. It's original, too, and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but this book really is. Not once did I think, 'Hmm, this reminds me of...' Everything had a new twist on it; even the fairies, and that's coming from a girl who went through a HUGE phase with fairies. If I think it's original, it most likely is.
But the characters are the thing that make this book great. They are full of personality, and none of them can be considered Mary Sues. Each has their strengths as well as their flaws. (Bossiness, stubborness, etc.) Fiona was definitely my favorite character, followed by Cricket, followed by that cute little troll! (He's not exactly a main character, but he was simply adorable!) I loved Fiona's feistiness, and Cricket was just adorable. And Fiona's devotion for her friend Jaydin was really touching.
I am so glad I read this book, and I would highly recommend it!