The Faerie Path (Faerie Path Series #1)

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Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.

With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and ...

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Overview

Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.

With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly comes to discover why she disappeared so long ago. She possesses a singular magical ability and she must use it to stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Donna Scanlon
London teen Anita Palmer, on the brink of her 16th birthday, seems as if she has it all: loving parents, the lead in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, and the cute and mysterious new boy, Evan Thomas, for a boyfriend. But things turn out very differently when Anita crosses the border between the Mortal World and the Faerie World. There she learns that she is the long-lost Princess Tania, seventh and youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of Faerie. She is expected to pick up her life where she left off when she vanished—500 years previously. Oberon has kept the land in a perpetual twilight that prevented time from passing. As beautiful and wonderful as Faerie is, Anita—now Tania—is still worried about the parents who raised her in the Mortal World. She also misses her life there, and she's not completely prepared to give it up. She learns that she has a talent for moving between the Worlds, and as she gains control of her power, she suspects that someone might be plotting to exploit her talent, and not in a good way. Although the beginning is a bit slow, the pace picks up once Anita enters Faerie. The contrast between her modern demeanor and speech and the more archaic ones of Faerie is amusing and not overdone; the reader gets the impression that she will never quite get the knack of being a Faerie Princess. If the plot and characters are at time transparent—readers will figure out who the bad guys are—Jones introduces some original fresh ideas, such as the dreaded Amber Prison, which freezes a person in an amber ball indefinitely, able to see everything around him but not to sleep. He also ties up the obvious question ofhow Tania survived 500 years in the Mortal World and lays the groundwork for a sequel, one which no doubt will be eagerly anticipated.
Children's Literature - Caitlyn Payne
On the surface, The Faerie Path is as light and frothy as a latte—smooth, sweet, and an indulgence for the senses. But as the plot unfolds, depths and unexpected twists take a simple fairy tale and turn it into a story of court intrigue, manipulation, and what it really means to belong somewhere. Anita considers herself a perfectly ordinary sixteen-year-old—she loves school, acting, and spending time with her boyfriend, Evan. But when she gets into a boating accident and ends up in the hospital, strange things begin to happen to her. Her back starts to itch, she dreams she sprouts wings and flies over London, and she receives a mysterious book telling about the destiny of a faerie princess named Tania. Then a mysterious young man visits her in the hospital and magically transports Anita to the world of Faerie, where she discovers she is the long-lost princess Tania. Tania's destiny is to restore Faerie to the glory it had many years earlier. Skeptical at first, Anita slowly comes to love Faerie, and begins to accept her role as Tania. She becomes friends with her long-lost sister, Rathina, and is courted by the handsome and mysterious Gabriel. But all is not well in Faerie. Anita discovers that Faerie is fading and losing magic, and uncovers a plot to overthrow the king. Then she discovers a magical ability to transport herself between the world of Faerie and London, and begins to see disturbing images of Faerie in despair in her transition. And a man who reminds her of Evan warns Anita she may be in danger. It is up to Anita, armed with clues from a prophetic riddle and her unique talents and abilities, to uncover the traitorous plot against the king and save Faerie.
VOYA - Angela Carstensen
Anita falls for the new boy, Evan, playing Juliet opposite his Romeo in the school play. But while speed boating on the Thames the day before her sixteenth birthday, they crash and land in the hospital. That night, Anita imagines sprouting wings and flying over London, and then over another land she vaguely recognizes. The next night, she is summoned by an apparition into another world. She assumes that it is all a dream but learns that she is Tania, seventh daughter of King Oberon of Faerie, prophesied to have the unique ability to move between the mortal and faerie worlds. She disappeared five hundred years ago on the eve of her wedding to Lord Gabriel. Finally she has been found and returned, albeit with no memory of her life in Faerie. Evan is actually Gabriel's servant charged with the job of bringing her home. Tania gets to know her sisters, her fiancT, and her world, all while trying to deal with Evan's deceit and find a way to return to reassure her parents in the mortal world. Despite a predictable plot, Tania's jarringly modern speech, and her unlikely gullibility in trusting her enemies, the book is appealing. The images are vivid, the characters are charming, and Tania learns to make her own decisions. She grows enough to rescue her true love and find her own destiny, despite evil adversaries who profess to be her friends. This first book in a new series is entertaining fare for younger fantasy fans.
KLIATT
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2007: London teen Anita Palmer, on the brink of her 16th birthday, seems as if she has it all: loving parents, the lead in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, and the cute and mysterious new boy, Evan Thomas, for a boyfriend. But things turn out very differently when Anita crosses the border between the Mortal World and the Faerie World. There she learns that she is the long-lost Princess Tania, seventh and youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of Faerie. She is expected to pick up her life where she left off when she vanished--500 years previously. Oberon has kept the land in a perpetual twilight that prevented time from passing. As beautiful and wonderful as Faerie is, Anita--now Tania--is still worried about the parents who raised her in the Mortal World. She also misses her life there, and she’s not completely prepared to give it up. She learns that she has a talent for moving between the Worlds, and as she gains control of her power, she suspects that someone might be plotting to exploit her talent, and not in a good way. Although the beginning is a bit slow, the pace picks up once Anita enters Faerie. The contrast between her modern demeanor and speech and the more archaic ones of Faerie is amusing and not overdone; the reader gets the impression that she will never quite get the knack of being a Faerie Princess. If the plot and characters are at time transparent--readers will figure out who the bad guys are--Jones introduces some original fresh ideas, such as the dreaded Amber Prison, which freezes a person in an amber ball indefinitely, able to see everythingaround him but not to sleep. He also ties up the obvious question of how Tania survived 500 years in the Mortal World and lays the groundwork for a sequel, one which no doubt will be eagerly anticipated. Reviewer: Donna Scanlon
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up
On the day before her 16th birthday, Anita's life starts to change. She has a vision of flying, receives a mysterious and magical book as a present, and travels from modern-day London to the world of Faerie. She discovers that her boyfriend, Evan, is really Edric, servant of the scheming faerie lord Gabriel Drake, and that he has been sent to bring her home. Anita is really Princess Tania, the seventh and youngest daughter of King Oberon, and she has been lost for centuries after experimenting with her power to travel between worlds. Anita/Tania comes to accept her true identity and the joy she has brought to her father and his realm. However, all is not well in Faerie. Queen Titania has disappeared, and Gabriel Drake is somehow involved with her loss. He claims to love Tania and wants to marry her, but is actually interested only in her magical power. While the conclusion resolves Tania's immediate problems, there is ample room for a sequel. This fairy tale meets "Princess Diaries" clearly shows Anita/Tania's confusion about her identity. She is a strong character, and her sisters and their varied powers and personalities are also well drawn. The teens' romance, foreshadowed by their starring roles in their school's production of Romeo and Juliet in this world, develops as the story progresses, and frequent quotes from and allusions to the play add depth to the story.
—Beth L. MeisterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
All little girls with even an ounce of imagination have wondered what it would be like to have wings and be magical. Anita Palmer gets to find out, up close and personal. She is mysteriously transported out of modern day London into the world of Faerie, only to find out that she is herself the long lost seventh daughter of the fabled king Oberon himself. Unfortunately, not everything is gossamer wings (losing them is a rite of passage for younger faeries) and magical tapestries. Getting to know and love her new family doesn't stop her from missing her old earth-bound parents. And while her escort in Faerie appears both handsome and caring, she just can't make herself comfortable with the idea of romance and eventual marriage to Lord Drake. Can she really trust him? In a well-paced style that will communicate with today's readers, Jones relates well the emotional turmoil that all adolescents experience, be they faerie or human. The ending cleanly sets up a potential sequel for further adventures in the near future. (Fiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616823900
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2010
  • Series: Faerie Path Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Frewin Jones has always believed in the existence of "other worlds" that we could just step in and out of if we only knew the way. In the Mortal World, Frewin lives in southeast London with a mystical cat called Siouxsie Sioux.

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The Faerie Path


By Frewin Jones

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Frewin Jones
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060871031

Chapter One

Anita Palmer stepped out of the shower and reached for the bath towel. Wrapping it around herself, she padded over to the mirror. She lifted her hand and swept a clear path across the misted glass before leaning forward to look at her reflection.

Her long red hair clung to her head like seaweed to a rock, framing her heart-shaped face with its wide mouth and high cheekbones. She leaned closer, staring into her mirrored eyes. The irises were a smoky green. Nothing particularly remarkable about them.

Or was there?

She leaned even closer.

Gold flecks deep in the green irises--that was what she was looking for.

Evan had said that if he looked into her eyes for long enough, he could see gold dust in them.

Anita grinned.

Gold dust in her eyes.

Sometimes when she was with Evan she could almost believe she had gold dust in her eyes.

She frowned.

It was quite scary--the feelings that Evan Thomas was stirring up in her.

Were they real? They felt real enough. Over the past few weeks thinking about Evan had somehow become the default setting of her brain. And she kept seeing his face--in the swirls of a freshly stirred cup of coffee. In shadows and light. In clouds. In the darkness behind her closed eyelids.

She recalled lines from the play they had been rehearsing for theend-of-term performance. Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet.

She could hear Evan's voice in her head.

"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is my sun!"

She'd said to him, "That's not right, Evan. Romeo says, 'and Juliet is the sun' not 'my sun.'"

He'd smiled and said, "No--you're Juliet, and you're definitely my sun."

And the way he had looked into her eyes right then had made her feel like the whole world was turning upside down and inside out all around her.

She laughed into the mirror, shaking her head to dislodge the memory. Still grinning, she threw the towel up over her head and rubbed vigorously at her wet hair. She didn't want to be late meeting Evan today--especially not today.

She winced as the towel scraped against the two itchy points on her back. She lowered the towel and angled her bare back to the mirror, craning to see over her shoulder. Something had bitten her. Twice. There was an angry red point on each shoulder blade. They had been there for a few days now. Very irritating, and in such an awkward place to scratch. She'd have to wear something that covered her back--the last thing she wanted was for Evan to think she was crawling with fleas.

She looked into the mirror again.

Did she really love Evan, or was she just getting tangled up in the fact that she had to act as if she loved him in the play? No, she was sure that it was much more than that. She had felt a strange, thrilling flutter in her stomach when she had been chosen to play Juliet opposite his Romeo, and over the weeks of rehearsals, as she had gotten to know him better, that thrill had just kept getting more and more intense.

She thought back to the auditions. Everyone had been surprised that Evan had shown up at all. He had only been at the school for six months, and he had always seemed so reserved and self-contained, not the type of person who'd want a major part in the school production. He was amiable enough in class, but he hadn't made any close friends and the other students mostly thought of him as something of a loner. No one had ever been invited to his home, and he didn't hang out with them on weekends or go to any parties.

Anita could remember exactly when Evan had first turned up. It had been on the same day as the school trip to Hampton Court.

It had been a weird day. She knew it was called déjà vu when you have vivid memories of a place you've never been to, and that's how she had felt from the moment the bus had driven up to the parking lot and she had first set eyes on the sixteenth-century palace at Hampton Court--the feeling that she'd been there before. The sturdy red-brick Tudor towers and buildings with their cream-colored stone battlements and ornamentations, and the cobbled courtyards and wide, formal gardens--they had all seemed strangely familiar. But when she mentioned this later to her parents, assuming she'd visited the palace when she was much younger, they said they'd never taken her there.

The strangest thing of all had been the world-famous maze. It was a large triangular block of tall hedges, grown close together to create a warren of narrow winding corridors. Pretty much every visitor to the palace wanted to put their sense of direction to the test and find their way to the center. Everyone from the school bus had bundled in there, the boys boasting that they'd get to the middle first. It had been total chaos--most of them got hopelessly lost and had to be guided through by the people shouting from the wooden viewing platforms.

At first Anita had hung back. The green tunnels of the hedges had given her a creepy feeling that she couldn't explain. But then her best friend, Jade, had grabbed her arm and dragged her in--and once she was in the maze, the oddest thing had happened. Somehow she had known the path, and made her way to the little statue in the center without taking a single wrong turn. "How about that?" she'd said to Jade, laughing. "Am I a genius, or what?" But Jade had said it was just luck.

That same afternoon, she had seen him for the first time. The most gorgeous boy she had ever set eyes on in her entire life, standing outside the school gates when the bus pulled up. Evan Thomas--a new student who had just moved into the area.



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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Amazing! A great start to a series.

    Anita lives in London,England in the 21st century. She has an ordinary life; hangs out with friends, goes to school, ect. But, she mysterious things start to happen. She got two marks on her back.She thought it is a rash. The day before her 16th birthday, her boyfriend,Evan, takes her on a small boat ride on the river. He was about to tell her something very important when the boat crashed. Evan and Anita ened up in the hospital. They are fine but Evan is "sleeping", sort of like in a coma. Evan soon disappears. She recieves a pretty journal but has no idea where it came from. Anita sees a stanger and he tells her to follow him and take his hand. She got transported to the realm of Faerie, and she is Princess Tania who had been missing in the Mortal World ( Earth) for 500 years. But can she just forget her old life and move on?? And is Gabriel up to something? Read to find out! This book was amazing! A must-read!

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

    Anita Palmer believes that she is an ordinary girl, simply excited for her sixteenth birthday, and the plans her new boyfriend has made. She thinks nothing of the strange dreams she's been having. But when her birthday ends in disaster and the dreams get more and more vivid, Anita begins to feel afraid. <BR/><BR/>Then she is swept into an entirely different world, the world in which her boyfriend--and Anita--really belong. Here, she is Tania, the seventh princess of Faerie. <BR/><BR/>But all isn't joyful. The kingdom is mourning the death of her mother, and her eldest sister refuses to see her. And more importantly, there is a traitor in their midst... <BR/><BR/>THE FAERIE PATH was very charming and yet mysterious at the same time. The writing has a slight tendency to bog the reader down every once in a while, but the numerous plot twists keep the book from getting boring. Full of intriguing details and breathtaking descriptions, the story reads like your favorite fairy tale, and the surprise ending will leave you waiting in anticipation for the sequel, THE LOST QUEEN.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Good Ideas but Poorly Executed

    Frewin Jones definately had some good ideas here but her execution left somewhat to be desired. Her suggestion that the two worlds existed side by side and almost overlapped in areas was intriguing. It explained how the two worlds could exist in the same space without sounding far-fetched. When she brought this up I expected a full, detailed explanation. Instead she brushed over it leaving me wondering if she understood her own theory. The idea of the Amber Prision was truely genious. I loved the idea that people could be trapped in amber like bugs. However, once again her description of this wasn't overly detailed and she never once made this connection. Among other things her dialogue was weak and problems were far to easily resolved. Over all I felt that Jones just fell short. She had all the elements of the next great teen fantasy but just didn't make it. However, young girls will probably love this and parents will appreciate that its clean.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    One of those books!

    Amazing! I found the book to be one that you can easily get lost in the pages. I was so into it I was surprised I finished it so fast. The beginning of the book (first chapter or two) may seem just ok&& iffy iffy and you might want to put it down but keep reading! It turns into a wonderful book!! I thought it was just going to be good but it was more than good it was OUTSTANDING! =D

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    antia fan!

    i was brosein througe the bookstor, and saw this, i like fantsey, so i read the back. ten minuets later i was in line. i read it fast and now love it, i cant wait for book 2!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    REALLY GOOD!!!!

    I really love this book! I recommend it to any girl around 9 - 13. I really liked it and I love the series. I am still reading the Faerie Path books! Read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    I love the World of Faerie

    I really liked ¿The Faerie Path,¿ by Frewin Jones. This book is very well written, with a nice balance between beautiful descriptions and fast paced action. The world of Faerie, which Tania visits in this book, is multi-layered and pretty believable. In fact, I wish I lived there myself! Another thing that made this book interesting was how each of the Faerie princesses has a different personality and talents. Frewin Jones did a good job describing Tania¿s emotions. It was easy to figure out what she was feeling and why. I liked the contrast between the beautiful world of Faerie and the regular ¿mortal¿ world. It showed how hard it was for Tania when she found out that she now has two homes, two loves, and two mothers and fathers. Even though ¿The Faerie Path¿ is, obviously, about fairies its not the ¿little kid book¿ you might expect it to be. I would recommend this book to any girl who loves fantasy. (like me!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Amazing!

    This book is amazing and there is no other way to put it. It is one of my favorites and I am actually reading it now because I just got the other books and I am refreshing my memory. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythical things and being sucked into a book as if you are the main charcter.Keep writing for us Frewin Jones

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Love or Betrayal

    The Faerie Path was a sensational story that kept us reading all night long. The characters were so realistic and the setting was described so well that we felt as if we were in the book itself. This book is full of twists and turns: there is a surprise at every corner. If you¿re looking for a book with romance, betrayal, and a fantastic ending preparing for a promising sequel this is the book for you!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2008

    SUPERB!

    This book is a marvelous, page-turning, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, wondering-what's-going- to-happen-next book. It definitely calls for all fantasy lovers. I think it's more of a girly book, though. Without a doubt, I recommend it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    AN OUTSTANDING BOOK! MUST READ!!!!!

    When i saw the book at b&n i knew that it was going to be outstanding. I began reading it and i couldn't put it down. I finnished the book in 2 school days!!! It was an outstanding book and i recommend it to everyone!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    Brilliant Work, Well Written, Must Read!

    I agree with the majority of the reviewers so far! I'm into Fantasy & Fairy books. I've read others that were lets say just horrible. This book Faerie Path caught my eye with the title. I loved every minute of it. Because it was so good I just bought the other 2 books in the Series from this site. Read it and You'll be hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    Unimpressive

    I was drawn in by the cover and fell victim to the classic cliche about not judging a book by its cover. The cover art is undeniably pretty. The book, on the other hand, is not. Although the plot line was decently original, many ideas in the series were not: fairies being harmed by metal, seven children (the seventh being special, of course), a gary stu hero to be in love with the mary sue heroine - and more. The romance was extremely ordinary to the point of being stereotypical. All main characters were far too good looking and far too good. Much of the more archaic language used by some characters felt strained and its usage seemed vaguely out of place. I was annoyed with the protagonist after about 10 pages. Maybe worth a read for your curiosity, but check it out of a library - don't waste your money.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Absolutely the best book in the world!!!

    I always hated reading.I would always complain about reading.and said it was boring.But, that was of course before i read The Faerie Path.This book now has me hooked on reading.This is the book that made me actually LOVE reading.This and the second book are absolutely amazing. This is so much better than harry potter!!!!!! Frewin Jones is such a wonderful writer. I will definitely be puting this book and Frewin Jones as my #1 on my favourite book and writers list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    when i started to read the book i thought that it was going to take a wile to finsh but to my surprise it only took me 3 days becouse the book is so exciting and you just cant stop reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Fantastic!!

    I picked this book up many times before I actually bought it. It was AWSOME! I highly recomend it! I can't wait to get my hands on the new one! It's worth reading!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2007

    Very Good

    I thought this was a good book with an exciting plot! I can't wait for the next one! But I thougth it was sad that she had to be stuck on earth and loose her memory. *Opps* but this a really good book filled with passion,romance, and adventure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    Amazing!

    This book had me captivated from start to finish! It is an excellent tale of love, treachery, and intrigue! An excellent recommendation to anyone who loves fantasy fiction!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    typical but delightful

    this book is a typical fantasy of faerie, maybe a little bit slow at the beginning, but I couldn't put it down at the end which was filled with surprising turns and almost all my predictions turned out differently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    a good book

    I thought this book rocked. The storyline was so interesting and once I picked it up, I just couldn't stand to put it down. I recommend this book to anyone who likes faeries!

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