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Top Customer Reviews
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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