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The Solstice Cup

The Solstice Cup

by Rachel Muller
     
 

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Something sinister happened to Mackenzie's twin sister Breanne the last time the two girls were in Ireland. Now they're back and the winter solstice is approaching. Breanne scoffs at their elderly relatives' tales of fair folk and banshees and the thin barrier between two worlds, but Mackenzie remembers what happened to Breanne five years before—at the summer

Overview

Something sinister happened to Mackenzie's twin sister Breanne the last time the two girls were in Ireland. Now they're back and the winter solstice is approaching. Breanne scoffs at their elderly relatives' tales of fair folk and banshees and the thin barrier between two worlds, but Mackenzie remembers what happened to Breanne five years before—at the summer solstice. Mackenzie is convinced the Otherworld is real, but is it a place of enchantment or enslavement for humans?

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"Devoted fantasy readers will enjoy the majesty and danger of the Otherworld, and the rituals of the solstice. The rich description, interestingly different twins, and quickly moving plot should enchant young readers."
Ladysmith Chronicle
"Dunstan Muller creates a lovely but sinister fairy world full of beautiful food and music...[She is] an engaging writer, who keeps the plot moving quickly and surprisingly."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Detailed, descriptive language brings the faerie world and its inhabitants vividly to life, creating the sense that there is something more sinister going on than what is initially revealed to the reader (and the twins)...Fast-paced and suspenseful."
Booklist
"A good introduction into the sinister world of pixies. The imagery... is creepy, but not gruesome, and should enchant and engage readers who might have been hesitant to read a 'fairy story' in the first place."
CM Magazine
"A thoroughly satisfying tale where all the protagonists' actions are true to their character and everyone works through difficulties in a completely believable-if fantastical-way...It's a great story! Highly Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A great magical story with fun complications like special berries that prevent a memory loss enchantment. The fast moving plot is supported from all angles by supernatural details that require quick thinking by the twins if they ever want to return to the mortal world. Highly recommended."
Kirkus Reviews
Readers who like their faeries sweet and simpering should flit past this realistic fantasy. Breanne and Mackenzie's grandparents have warned the 12-year-old twins of the dangers of the Irish moors around the winter solstice. But acid-tongued Breanne, bitter from a previous, half-remembered damaging encounter with evil spirits, doesn't believe the warning, and they are lured into an Otherworld occupied by possessive faeries and a few even more exotic, human-eating creatures. The girls are aided by Maigret, an elderly woman who lives near the faeries, and occasionally by another human, Finian, a piper. The faeries seek to enslave their victims using Finian's hypnotic music and a potion served in the solstice cup. Suspense builds as Breanne gives in to the faeries' demands, and the less impulsive Mackenzie risks all to save her. Character development is secondary to the action-driven plot, and occasional exposition of the back story slows the flow of the narrative. The fast pace, believable dialogue (particularly Breanne's adolescent baditude) and relatively short length make this a good choice for reluctant readers seeking a fiendish-faery fix. (Fantasy. 10 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554690176
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Read an Excerpt

Mackenzie saw something move behind her sister in the shadow of the stones. It was an arm, long and thin, reaching out from the dark space beneath the arch. Mackenzie froze as a hand began to move over the ground at the base of the stones. Three long bony fingers and a thumb, patting the ground, feeling for something.

Meet the Author

Rachel Dunstan Muller has spent most of her life on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, a favorite destination of cavers, climbers, kayakers and outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts. When she's not hiking through a forest or paddling along a rocky shore, Rachel likes to curl up and read true-life adventure stories. Rachel is the mother of five and the author of three other novels for children.

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