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The Thirteen Curses (13 Treasures) Paperback – 7 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Age Range: 10 years and up
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847384501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847384508
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[An] engaging fantasy series"-- "Booklist"

"An absorbing sequel....[with] deliciously sinister and dreadful magical creatures." ""Kirkus Reviews"""

"Young readers will continue to be intrigued by this page-turner and will look forward to the final book in the series." ""VOYA"""

"[An] engaging fantasy series" ""Booklist""" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michelle Harrison is a full-time writer. She is a former bookseller and editorial assistant. Originally from Grays in Essex, she has a degree in illustration, and lives in Oxfordshire with her partner. Her debut novel THE THIRTEEN TREASURES won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2009. She has since published two sequels, THE THIRTEEN CURSES and THE THIRTEEN SECRETS, as well as her teen novel UNREST.

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Fairies! Goblins! Witches! Welcome to The Thirteen Curses.

After reading Michelle Harrison's fantastic debut novel The Thirteen Treasures, I was so excited to get stuck into The Thirteen Curses. Having now read both books, I'd go so far as to say that Harrison is up there with my favourite UK authors, and is now in the good company of Marcus Sedgwick, Sarra Manning and Lucy Christopher. Seriously, she's that good.

The Thirteen Curses is so hard to put down it's almost impossible, and aside from some convenient plotting and the occasional clunky chapter, I have no qualms with it at all. I could never fault the brilliant writing, imagination or magic of the fey characters, and it's quite clear why these books are held in such high regard.

Without spoiling anything about the previous book, The Thirteen Curses picks up almost exactly where it left off, and takes you on an enchanting adventure through fairie realms, scary forests and history itself. All your favourite characters, both human and fairie, come back for more, and there are even a few new creatures for you to meet. Red and Tanya share MC duties, with Warwick and Fabian having more to do and less of a sidekick role.

When I'd finished the first book in the series, Brunswick the goblin was my favourite character. Now, the little tea caddy brownie is my number one dude. He can brandish his walking stick like it's a required skill among the little people, and he just sounds so cute and grumpy. I want one!

I don't know what else to say other than that you need to read these books. They're the most enjoyment I've had in a long time, and are just a great escape from everything going on around you. Hats off to you, Michelle Harrison. You rock.
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I found this story had me more on the edge of my seat that the first one. In fact I read it in half the time. Reading these two books has introduced me to adult fairy stories and I am now looking around for more of the same type.
I think in todays times it is good to find some sort of temporary escapism, which these books definitely are.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, The 13 Treasures, last year. I'm always apprehensive when it comes to reading series books, as in an ideal world every book would be just as good as the first, which is not always the case. The 13 Curses continued the series on the same high level with superb storytelling from Michelle Harrison, and was again another can't-put-it-down read.

In this, we hear Red's story, as her past unravels as she continues to search for her brother, who was taken whilst they were in a care home after their parents died. Red's story is fantastic. Not only does it show you another side to her, the book also expands and adds more history to Elveden Manor. I love the idea that The 13 Curses brings, you hardly notice that most of the action doesn't happen until the middle or after, and by then I was totally absorbed in the plot.

I enjoyed the way that Red, Fabian and Tanya worked together in this. Most of the faye characters bring added goodies to the plot and history. The plot entwines and intermingles so effortlessly, it was a pleasure to read. New characters are brought in, with Nell, the new housekeeper, being one of them.

I managed to keep awake just long enough to read this in one day. The 13 Curses could be read as a standalone book, I don't know why anyone would want to miss The 13 Treasures though! This book is so detailed, even the leading letter in almost every chapter has an illustration with it, which is very cute.

All in all, I can't wait for the next in the series, The 13 Secrets, which comes out in February in the UK. This is the first time I've read another book from the same author since beginning my book blog, and I'm glad I did :)
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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?
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