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The Immortal Realm (Faerie Path Series #4)

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In an instant, a time of joy and celebration turns to one of heartbreak and fear.

Tania has finally found a way to bring her two worlds together, and while enjoying a long-awaited meeting of her Mortal and Faerie families, with her beloved Edric by her side, all seems right for the princess.

But when a Faerie baby suddenly falls ill, followed by more and more Faeries?including her own sister Cordelia?Tania ...

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Overview

In an instant, a time of joy and celebration turns to one of heartbreak and fear.

Tania has finally found a way to bring her two worlds together, and while enjoying a long-awaited meeting of her Mortal and Faerie families, with her beloved Edric by her side, all seems right for the princess.

But when a Faerie baby suddenly falls ill, followed by more and more Faeries—including her own sister Cordelia—Tania knows that something is terribly wrong.

With no time to lose, Tania joins forces with her sisters to find a cure before this dark plague kills everyone she loves. Yet as the illness spirals out of control, Tania realizes that what they really need is help from the Mortal World. But will bringing another stranger to Faerie only make things worse? With countless lives hanging in the balance and a fast-growing Faerie suspicion of all things Mortal—including Tania herself—Tania makes a desperate move that will either save the land and people she has come to hold dear . . . or destroy their only chance for survival.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Angela Carstensen
Book four of the Faerie Path series continues in the darker vein of the third installment, The Sorcerer King (HarperTeen, 208/VOYA June 2008). Tania's parents are visiting from the Mortal World for Cordelia's wedding. The festivities are cut short when a baby in the nursery falls sick and dies. Sickness is unknown in Faerie—after all, it is the Immortal Realm—but suddenly it is struck by the plague. Tania's parents are blamed, and they are banished back to the Mortal World and the passageway is closed forever. Tania and her sisters are immediately in a race to find a cure. Unfortunately until ancient secrets of Faerie's past are revealed in the cliffhanger ending, the book is rather ineffective. Both the language of Faerie and Tania's contrasting modern-day speech sound forced, the plot feels contrived, and Tania's charming romance with Edric is on hold for most of the book. Young female readers who are the target audience for the series will still enjoy the colorful locations and the quick pace, and the ending promises an interesting direction for book five. This entry does not stand alone; new readers will want to start the series from the beginning. Reviewer: Angela Carstensen
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Since discovering she is a faerie princess whose soul has been lost in the Mortal Realm for 500 years—not just a 16-year-old from London—Tania's life has been a whirlwind. Her royal blood allows her to step between Faerie and England at will, which makes her the only choice to battle an evil sorcerer king, but which also makes for some seriously awkward explanations to her mortal parents. Now that everything is out in the open and both sets of parents have joined her in Faerie for her sister's royal wedding, Tania cannot imagine how life could be more perfect. Or how quickly it could all fall apart. A mysterious illness sweeps through the guests, causing the first non-war death in Faerie's remembered history. Half-mortal Tania—and her mortal parents—are immediately identified as scapegoats. Now, she must once more draw on her powers to fight an evil reigning in Faerie, only this time she must go against her royal parents, the ruling council, and even the accepted history of Faerie itself. This fourth book in the "Faerie Path" series is compelling, yet it cannot quite decide whether faeries are Disney-esque bundles of light or the inhuman, merciless beings of Celtic lore. The wedding that begins the novel may turn off older readers with its lace, ribbons, animal parades, etc., but the same group likely will delight in the underground cities and underwater graveyards that later reveal Faerie's true history. Between these shifting tones, however, is a gripping study as to how any race reacts to an outside threat—one that undoubtedly will broaden the young minds who encounter it. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
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Gr 6–8—As this book begins, all seems right with the world: The Sorcerer King has been defeated, Tania has returned to Faerie with her human parents in tow, and Cordelia's wedding is underway. But a child falls ill and dies—a seeming impossibility in the immortal land of Faerie. Soon, as others become sick, it is evident that this is not just an isolated incident. Oberon puts the plague victims in an enchanted sleep that can only last as long as he has the strength to keep awake. It is assumed that Tania's parents carried the disease with them into the kingdom, and they are banished, and once again Tania must choose between Faerie and the Mortal World. Meanwhile she must seek the cause and cure of this illness if her kingdom is to survive. Readers with an idealistic notion of fantasy and faeries will be pleased with Jones's romantic depiction of this magical world, and those who have enjoyed the series up to this point will not be disappointed with this latest volume. However, the dialogue is self-conscious and reads like someone's idea of how fantasy should sound. Also, there are some places in which internal logic is abandoned. Ultimately this is a fun story with very little substance.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060871550
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Faerie Path Series , #4
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Posted November 24, 2010

    great

    great book easy reading

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Death toll on Faerie????

    It is impossible. Meaning, it WAS. No one is the immortal realm of faerie had ever gotten sick, until now. Now Tania must embark on a mission to save the realm with her former traiter sister Rathina and even Tania's mortal friend Conor. Such a great book you won't help reading the rest of the books!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Tania thought all of the threats to her beloved Faerie disappeared with the Sorcerer King of Lyonesse's death in battle; she was wrong.

    Life is sweet for the Faerie princess and her family at the beginning of THE IMMORTAL REALM with the enchanted wedding of daughter Cordelia to Bryn Lightfoot, but tragedy strikes when a Faerie infant quickly succumbs to a mysterious illness. Since disease and death are unheard of in this realm of immortality, suspicion immediately falls upon Tania's mortal father for attending the wedding while sick.

    As members of the royal family fall ill, those stricken flee to the Summer Palace of Verglad to prevent further spread of the disease. A new threat looms with arrival of Lord Aldrich of Weir, one of The Great Lords of Faerie and father to Tania's (banished) former fiancé, Gabriel Drake.

    He insists that Faerie's current strife lies in Tania's half-mortal taint and demands either her banishment behind an unbreakable enchantment, or the removal of her ability to shift between worlds. This, coupled with sister Cordelia falling victim to the mysterious illness, spurs Tania into desperate action, putting not only herself and her family in danger, but an innocent human as well.

    I have to say that THE IMMORTAL REALM is the best and my favorite of THE FAERIE PATH series so far, mostly because Tania finally breaks free of (what I've always felt is) the unrealistic "eternal" attachment to Edric, and starts discovering what she's capable of as an independent young woman. The addition of a human friend from Tania's past helps ground her in the reality that she has very little "life experience," while the separation from Edric and time spent with sister Rathina contributes to her overall growth.

    I only wish there had been more of a resolution instead of a "to be continued," which lent to my final grade of four stars, rather than five.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

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    Great series continues with this fabulous book!!!

    Awesome book!!! This book would definetly be catorgized as an excellent story that is thrilling and unforgettable. The characters are very real and I must say, Frewin Jones has a talent for writing fiction!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    LOVE This series.

    Great story. Awesome caracters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2009

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    A prevailing thrilller!

    I really enjoyed this book it took me only two days to read it because it was that addicting! It is definetly one of my favorites out of the whole series. Some parts were sad though and it's a cliff hanger but thank god there is going to be another book. I can't wait! It had me glued to every page, don't miss out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

    Wow Jones you've done it again!!!

    This book is great. Nail biting at times.I wait to see how the next book will do.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Great Book

    I really love this series and I cannot wait until the next book comes out!!!

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    Frewin Jones, You can Do Better

    "Immortal Realm" is #4 in the series "The Faerie Path," which chronicles the life of Anita Palmer, a 16 yr. old living in London who discovers on her b-day that she is Tania, the lost Princess of Faerie, another world that exists parallel to our own.
    I love the obvious Celtic roots this series has and the taste of modern mythology that F. Jones brings to these bks. F. Jones has demonstrated that she is a very gifted author who is capable of bringing us stirring stories fraught with unforgetable characters.
    But "Immortal Realm" is not the greatest example of this.
    #4 starts off with Tania, just after defeating the evil Sorcerer King of Lyonesse & has revealing to her mortal parents her other identity. They are coming to grips while attending the wedding of her sister, Cordelia, when a plague strikes, killing an infant.
    Now, first the pros. This story is obviously the start of a new sequence in the series. Bk.s 1-3 show Tania returning to Faerie, defeating Gabriel Drake, a traitor of Wier and then the Sor. King. Now, Jones has to, in a way, start a new "series" w/in the series. So, I cut her slack for that, there's a lot of new "ingredients" to bring into this book, & that takes away from the flow of the story. But, in spite of that, there are some interesting twists & turns. Tania and Edric, her true love, have a falling out when he proposes and she turns him down, saying she's too young to marry. Edric's character after that, becomes more complex, more than the 1 dimensional boyfriend that we see in bks. 1-3. He reveals that he has been experimenting with the Dark Arts, but using them for "good purposes," which alarms Tania.
    Also Rathina, who in 1-3 was the bitter and resentful sister helping Drake out of passion for him, is trying to rebuild all the relationships sundered by her helping Gabriel. She adds a facinating new element to the series, showing her strength, courage and yearning to be a forgiven & restored member to the royal family.
    But, while the story tries to be more action packed and suspenseful than the others, it's often held hostage by all the new information you have to absorb while reading it. Frewin seems to sacrifice emotional dynamics & new depths of bonding in the characters and to hurry things along in hopes of keeping the tension going.
    Also, there is way too much emphasis that Tania is half mortal, half Faerie. We got that from the 1st 3 books, but every other page some noble is accusing her of being a plague because she's half and half. Duh, did they not realize that from before? And the way they disregard that only AS both could she triumph over the Sor. King was not believable. Along those lines, Lord Aldritch, Gabriel's father, is indesputadly out to get Tania in this bk, and I loved how no one called him on that. He leads a movement to banish her, under the guise of he's concerned she's a danger to Faerie. Uhh, not so much. In the end, when he fails, he pretty much confesses to her out of rage that he blamed her for Gabiel's death & he'll make her pay one day. But, how wise beings hundreds of years old could miss that....??? I'm not sure. Anyways, all in all, it has some merits, which would make it worth reading once. But...I dearly hope that Jones in #5 gives us more of her REAL skill as a writer. She can do better.

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