Rise of the Darklings (Invisible Order Series #1)

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Some things, once glimpsed, can never be unseen. . . .

It was a morning like any other, frigid and gray, when Emily Snow took to the streets of Victorian London to earn the pennies that would keep her and her little brother alive for another day. But a chance turning took her through a dark alley, and there Emily witnessed an extraordinary battle between fierce, tiny creatures no taller than her knee.

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Some things, once glimpsed, can never be unseen. . . .

It was a morning like any other, frigid and gray, when Emily Snow took to the streets of Victorian London to earn the pennies that would keep her and her little brother alive for another day. But a chance turning took her through a dark alley, and there Emily witnessed an extraordinary battle between fierce, tiny creatures no taller than her knee.

Now Emily’s life will never be the same, for she can see the world of Faerie. And once seen, she cannot turn away; once engaged, she must join in the latest battle in a war that has been waged for centuries. Doing nothing is not an option, for the Invisible Order—a secret army dedicated to preserving our world against the Faerie—knows about Emily, and its members will do anything to control her. For Emily, her brother William, and their friend, the street thief Spring-Heeled Jack, this winter morning is a turning point, and hereafter their lives will be entwined with the Invisible Order, and with Faerie. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Ordering freely from the standard menu of story elements, Crilley dishes up a Celtic-flavored fantasy featuring two (supposed) orphans in Victorian London who go up against any number of magical creatures with help from a good-hearted young thief, a smart-mouthed 2,423-year-old piskie and a secret society of humans led by Merlin and Christopher Wren. In this trilogy opener young Emily has to solve a riddle ("More riddles. Why is it always riddles?" complains the piskie) to find the hidden Key to Faerie, and then to keep it out of the hands of the Dagda and his consort, the Queen, lest they use it to bring their conquering armies into this world. Fortunately the Bad Guys like to explain their evil plans, and also some of the Faerie folk like the world the way it is; the climactic struggle leaves the key in Emily's hands but sets up the next episode by casting her back to 1666 (the year of the Great Fire). A particularly resourceful heroine and some fuzzy lines between the sides set this apart (a little) from the crowd. (Fantasy. 11-13)
Publishers Weekly
Eventful without being action-packed, fully realized without being vivid, Crilley's Victorian fantasy reads like an athlete's qualifying round: one gets the sense he's holding back. Emily Snow is 12 years old and the sole support for her brother, William, since their parents disappeared. Sober and practical, Emily is an unlikely witness for a piskie (aka pixie) battle in a London alley, much less the rescuer of one small casualty. Her kindness pitches her into the intrigues between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts and their mutual hatred of the Invisible Order, a secret society of humans founded to hold back the incursion of faeries into the human world. Rational Emily is ill-equipped to negotiate this complex brew of motives and machinations--but when it comes to getting things done, there's never a doubt that she's a match for the grownups. An edge of uncertainty, though, would give the narrative that bit of emotional engagement it lacks. The planned second volume in the Invisible Order series puts Emily in a world very unlike the London she knows, which could provide the extra spark her adventures need. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This fantasy has all the right elements, weaving lore of the faeries, a classic quest, epic battles, a riddle, and a clever heroine into a fast-moving, suspenseful plot. Emily, 12, sells bunches of watercress to earn a penny or two to feed herself and her brother, orphaned when their parents disappeared a few years earlier. One morning, she is surprised to learn of a hidden war in the dreary streets of Victorian London. Emily is a True Seer, able to see the faeries. Corrigan, a pesky piskie left behind after the battle, involves her in the fight between the Seelie and the Unseelie, faeries in a war that began in 1666 with the Great Fire. Emily faces betrayal upon betrayal as she tries to save her kidnapped brother and figure out whom to trust and to help. Which group wants to subjugate humans, which one wants to coexist? And what are the real intentions of the members in the Invisible Order, a secret society that protects humans from the faeries? Emily must solve a riddle to find a magic stone that leads to a key to an underground London. Along the way she meets Merlin, learns she has been around for centuries, and discovers that her parents may be alive. Corrigan supplies some humor, while Emily's friend Spring-Heeled Jack provides intimations of a budding romance. Intricate and layered, with a rapidly moving plot and an appealing and resourceful heroine, this book will have kids eagerly awaiting the next installment.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606842256
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Series: Invisible Order Series, #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Crilley has several books out from Wizards of the Coast/Mirrorstone, including Night of the Long Shadows, Book 1 of the Abraxis Wren Chronicles, which recently won the SCRIBE award for best gaming-related original novel, and its two sequels (due out in 2009 and 2010). His work has been featured in over a dozen anthologies. He is Scottish and currently lives in South Africa. You can visit him at www.paulcrilley.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    A wonderful must read book filled with friendship, mischief, betreal, magic and conflict within the main charactor.

    As a kid myself who mainly enjoys adventure/fantesy books but comprehends more than others my age, this book is perfect. Fast paced, adventurous and magic-filled pulls you in from the very beggining and does not you go untill the very end. The only bad part is when it ends leaving you ravenous for more. A wo

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    Ever since their parents disappeared, 12-year-old Emily Snow is the sole supporter for her brother, William. When Emily sees a piskie battle in a London alley, she ends up being an unlikely witness and rescuer of one of the fairies named Corrigan. Emily soon finds herself pitched between the Seelie and Unseelie courts and their mutual hatred for the Invisible Order, a secret society of humans who hold back the fairies from their dreams of incursion on the human world. When her brother gets kidnapped by one of the fairies, she must enlist Corrigan's help to solve a magical riddle that will lead her to a stone that is the key to the Fairies and the London Underground. If she doesn't find the key and keep it away from the fairies, the human world as she knows it will never be the same. Will Emily be able to save the humans from a fairy invasion? Will she find a way to rescue her brother? RISE OF THE DARKLINGS is an interesting, fast-paced fantasy adventure. The characters are well-developed and entertaining. The unique weaving of magic, fairies, and riddles is enchanting and holds the reader's attention. Those who like fantasy, mystery, adventure, and fairies will enjoy reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    So fun

    I like how its in the past. It was a very fun read i love fantasy creatures so this book was awesome for me. I wont spoil the second one too much but the second one was great i loved that it was hidrorical fiction and they used the great fire of london. Yeah i know im a spoiler. Great read! C:C

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    Rise of the Darklings was a light read I'd recommend for anyone

    Rise of the Darklings was a light read I'd recommend for anyone ages 8+. It was definitely a children's book, not because of writing or anything like that but just because the story was a little young. But I still enjoyed it.

    All of the characters complimented each other very well, especially Jack and Emily. At times I didn't really feel a connection with Emily, our main character, but Jack was easy to love. He was easily my favorite character. He and Emily are perfect for each other!

    The author had me guessing until the very end. I really didn't know who Emily could trust. At first, I thought it was the Queen Kelindra but then I was like, she can't. Then I thought, oh the Dagda. And then I was thinking, well maybe it's the Invisible Order.... I must say that I was instantly drawn to Sebastian. Forgive me, I can't remember who he was but if you read the book then you will.... *hint hint*

    Paul Crilley did a good job building his world and I enjoyed the different pixies and gnomes. Corrigan was definately a favorite. (Oh, there's another reason you have to read it because I'm not telling you who he is. And I remember this character.) Over all, a good book but I'd recommend it predominantly for children ages 8-12 and younger if they can read well enough.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    humor and action in spades

    On the day she found out about the the fey and the hidden war being waged in Victorian London, twelve-year-old Emily woke up praying for snow. Snow would mean that she could stay home with her brother William instead of running through alleys and side streets to get to Mrs. Hobbs to buy a bunch of watercress to sell for the day.

    But there is no snow and Emily does have to venture out. Unfortunately instead of a day spent peddling watercress in the cold, Emily stumbles upon a faerie battle right in a London alley.

    Emily would love to forget about what she saw and go back to her normal life even if life as an orphan is hard. But the faeries won't let her forget them--not until she gets them something they desperately want. Even if Emily could do that, there's The Invisible Order to contend with. A secret society meant to protect humans from the fey, the Invisible Order wants Emily to work with them instead.

    Everything Emily knows is soon turned upside down and she has no idea who to trust besides her friend Jack. But can two children possibly rescue Emily's brother and save London before it's too late? Emily doesn't know that answer yet, but she knows she has to try in Rise of the Darklings (2010) by Paul Crilley.

    Rise of the Darklings is the first book in The Invisible Order trilogy.

    Crilley combines traditional elements from fairy tales (gnomes, giants, piskies, and even a famous wizard) with a well-realized, completely evocative London setting. The plot is well-written with enough twists to keep readers (and Emily) guessing along with humor and action in spades.

    Rise of the Darklings truly has it all: action, adventure and faeries all in the beautifully realized setting of Victorian London. Throw in a determined and clever heroine, fast talking characters like Jack and Corrigan, well-dressed gnomes and you have all the makings of a spirited start to a wonderful trilogy.

    Possible Pairings: Gideon the Cutpurse (AKA The Time Travelers) by Linda Buckley-Arhcer, The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

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    Posted April 13, 2011

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