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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    A wonderful finish to the series!

    Once upon a dreadful time ties up the Forest of the Seasons quintet in a fantastic adventure! It's a wonderful book, well written in typical McKiernan style! Unlike most of his books, this one does draw very heavily on the information in the first four books so I do recommend that you read the other four first. You'll enjoy all of them!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a magical and beautiful fairytale

    From time to time, the spouses of the rulers in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn Woods feel as if someone is watching them but they never see anyone. They do not realize that the witch Hradian, acolyte of the faery Wizard Orbane is watching them. She tries to figure out a way to release her master who is imprisoned in the Castle Of Shadows in the Great Darkness beyond the Black Wall of the World. She also wants him to kill the princes and princesses of the various woods domains and their parents Valeray and Saissa because they killed her three sisters..------------- The father is responsible for Orbane¿s imprisonment and the children are responsible for the deaths of the witch¿s three sisters. She sees who has the key to unlock the prison so Hradian transforms herself into his wife and tricks him into giving it to her. She releases the monster Orbane who imprisons in the Castle of Shadows Valeray, his wife, their children and grandchild and then goes about gathering allies to use on his master plan to rule faery and the human world. The spouses of the imprisoned princes and princess gather an army to fight Orbane but they have to successfully solve the riddle the three fates give each princess if they hope to vanquish the darkness.---------------- ONCE UPON A DREADFUL TIME is a magical and beautiful fairytale that takes place in the world of faery where the laws of science don¿t work. Fans read about all kind of creatures from mythology and legend like sprites, unicorns, wizards, witches and giants. The characters from the four previous books in the saga make major appearances and play significant roles however it is the three fates and their riddles that are the most important part of the plot because without them the heroes wouldn¿t have a chance of survival let alone winning with that they still remain the underdogs.-------------------- Harriet Klausner

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