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Posted June 30, 2011
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
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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Posted August 19, 2014
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:CWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
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.
Posted January 5, 2013
Posted February 28, 2012
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
Posted April 13, 2011
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Posted January 12, 2011
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