The Secret of the Dread Forest (The Faire Folk Trilogy #3)

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Now that she has (sort of) defeated a diabolical elf, Keelie Heartwood reluctantly joins her father in the Dread Forest. Her "real" friends are gone, her dad is preoccupied with his new responsibilities as Lord of the Forest and now it seems that her budding romance with the hunky Sean is dashed. Except for her impossible guardian cat Knot, and Alora, a demanding and bratty little princess tree, Keelie has no one to hang with—unless you count that nasty elf-girl Elia, who ...

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Overview

Now that she has (sort of) defeated a diabolical elf, Keelie Heartwood reluctantly joins her father in the Dread Forest. Her "real" friends are gone, her dad is preoccupied with his new responsibilities as Lord of the Forest and now it seems that her budding romance with the hunky Sean is dashed. Except for her impossible guardian cat Knot, and Alora, a demanding and bratty little princess tree, Keelie has no one to hang with—unless you count that nasty elf-girl Elia, who suddenly wants to be Keelie's frenemy.

Meanwhile, an age-old rift in Keelie's family and among the elves reaches a dangerous climax as humans and dark magical forces alike encroach on the elves' enchanted realm. The fate of the Dread Forest—and of all who dwell within it—lies in Keelie's hands.

Be on the watch for new adventures with Keelie and the elves as the Faire Folk saga continues in the Scions of Shadow Trilogy...

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jan Chapman
In this final novel in the Faire Folk Trilogy, sixteen-year-old Keelie Heartwood, half elf and half human, has joined her father in the Dread Forest, his ancestral home. Keelie is faced with a new set of challenges: her burgeoning romance with the dashing elf Sean is on the rocks, she has to care for a bratty and demanding treeling named Alora, and she has no friends in her new home. Her usually supportive father is preoccupied with restoring the Dread, a magical force that keeps humans out of the forest. While exploring the forest, Keelie meets Jake, a handsome and benignly charming vampire who feeds on the energy of living things and who seems to want to protect her. His help might be needed as Keelie begins to uncover a plot among some of the elves to gain power by using dark magic. The pleasant mix of fairy dust and romance that were the hallmark of the previous two books in the trilogy are still present in this book, but it is not quite as engaging. One of the most charming elements of the series was the Renaissance Faire setting, which is missing in this book. The insertion of the vampire character Jake is obviously calculated to lure Twilight Saga fans and thus seems blatantly contrived. Keelie, however, is a feisty and enjoyable character who can keep readers' interest going despite the minor slips in the story. The book zips along satisfactorily to a predictable conclusion, so fans of the series will likely not be disappointed. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738714110
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Series: Faire Folk Saga , #3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,000,311
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Summers is the pseudonym for co-authors, Berta Platas (Georgia) and Michelle Roper (Georgia), both experienced writers in the romance and fantasy genres, respectively. But more importantly, both are ardent renaissance faire groupies. Visit them online at GillianSummers.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Lovelovelovelove

    I loved te first and second books but i havent read this one yet. I hope its as good as th first amd second books...-D

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Books that are read in a single breath!

    The book reveals the magic beneath the surface of ordinary life, teaches us bravery, devotion, how to fight for higher goals, with pure heart, without sparing ourselves for the sake of other people.
    Keeliel teaches us how to find in ourselves a strength we never even knew we had, a strength that will help us survive, standing firmly and proudly on our feet, to respect ourselves, but to remember not to ignore other peoples needs and feelings.
    Most importantly, Gillian's book reminds us that only in harmony with nature we can live on this beautiful planet, that she will reward us for love and care, and always punish for each wound inflicted with inattention.
    We should listen to the nature open minded and drive out the black shadow that leaned over our existence.
    Maybe Keeliel isn't the only one who has this power. :)

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    a truely wonderful book!

    I think that this is a great series. it's magical, funny, romantic, adventurous, and mysterious. I wish I had read this series sooner than I had and wouldn't want anyone to make the same mistake as me. It's very awesome and inspiring and I hope that these are made into movies. I really like each character's individual personality. It's so great it's like I'm speechless and yet there so many awesome things about it I could share. I would strongly suggest that you buy this book as soon as possible. You won't regret it. I spend a lot of time in the forest myself and after reading this series it just makes sitting out there more awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    I Read Them Every Summer

    Every year I read one of these books. Part of my summer rituals is to every june: check for these books and buy the new one. Everytime I finish one I curse the Authors fo making me wait another year!

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    The best out of the trilogy, recommended for nature lovers

    Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy. The only down-point I would say about the novels is that they are more enjoyable for the 13 year old age group. I began reading these novels when I was 15 1/2 and I am now almost 18. I thought the story line was entertaining and would really recommend these for the avid nature lovers. They take you into a different perspective about trees and definitely interested me. There isn't much romance in the book which was a nice break from every other young adult book. Keelie, the main character, does get involved with Sean throughout the series but there isn't a huge focus on it. If you are considering buying this book, just do it...you probably wont regret it.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    the elves and fairie worlds answer to harry potter

    this is the third in a trilogy and her next book comes out 2010 and is far to far off for me if you loved potter you will love thes books they can not be put down once you open the covers.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Unique and Unsung Trilogy

    This is a unique and unsung trilogy that is ecologically oriented and inventively fantastical. Modern day elves travel from Renaissance Festivals caring for the forests at they go. Their home forest is imperiled by construction and the pitched fight for their own forest will draw fighting families together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    Really liked this series, very cute.

    Characters are fun, and you can picture the Ren Fair atmosphere reading the 3 novels in this series. Looking forward to more books by this author. Have passed them on to friends who have bought their own copies for rereading.

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