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Story's End

Story's End

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by Marissa Burt
     
 

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Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story. During his reign, Heroes, Villains, and characters of all kinds lived out Tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles.

Then the King disappeared, and over the years, nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story that he will control . . .

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Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story. During his reign, Heroes, Villains, and characters of all kinds lived out Tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles.

Then the King disappeared, and over the years, nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story that he will control . . . and it's up to an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild to defeat him.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Hits the ground running. There are a lot of compelling plotlines, and the book ends with an all-out bang.”
Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
In this compelling sequel to "Storybound, the Talekeepers' lies are finally exposed—the lies about the Unbinding, the lies about the Muses breaking their oath, the lies about Story never having a King, and the biggest lie of all—how Tale Master Archimago defeated the Muses and saved Story. Una, Peter and their fellow rebels are working hard to educate all the characters about their true Backstory and to motivate them to fight against the Enemy, Fidelos, who has returned. Una, who was written in from the Land of Readers, has a secret of her own, one which could spell the end of all who live in Story. The Enemy is desperate to find the Lost Elements which would allow him to rewrite Story thereby eliminating all who oppose him. Fairy tales become topsy-turvy in this cleverly written fantasy. Since characters live in districts according to their genre like the Dystopians, Horror Hollow or the Romantics, there is something for everyone. The imagination of the reader is stretched and pulled in thrilling new ways. After all, what child has not dreamt of diving into a book's story? The twists and turns, fairytale puns, overturned stereotypes will delight readers both young and old. For maximum enjoyment it is best to read "Storybound" first. Recommend to fans of "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In Storybound (HarperCollins, 2012), 12-year-old Una Fairchild discovers a book that serves as a portal to the land of Story, which is populated by heroes, heroines, princesses in distress, knights in shining armor, wizards, fairies, dragons, and magical spells. Characters like Una who are transported into Story from the land of Readers are called the Written Ins. A foster child, Una has always wondered what happened to her parents and sadly discovers that they were characters in Story who were far from being the good guys. In this book, Una is back in the land of Story, printing broadsides that announce the discovery of the Enemy's evil plot to overtake it. She and her friends send out a call to arms, asking all the characters to join in the resistance movement so that the king of long ago can return and "happily ever after" can once again exist. In this story within a story, Una discovers the magic that runs through her veins and plays a critical role in righting past wrongs. Fans of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart (Scholastic, 2002) will undoubtedly notice the similarities, and some might even compare the series to Carla Jablonski and D. J. MacHale's "The Travelers" books (S & S). There is enough action to interest reluctant readers.—Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA
Kirkus Reviews
There's no question that "[m]essing around in the Villainous parts of Story is risky stuff," in this sequel to Burt's debut novel, Storybound (2012). Young Una Fairchild is back, desperately trying to unravel the vast entangled problems in the land of Story. The Tale of Beginnings reveals the three legendary Elements of Story's origins: the Silver Quill dipped in Dragon's Ink applied to a Scroll of Fire. When these three elements are brought together again, the End will be written, and the old Story will be complete, making way for a new Story to begin. Along with friends Peter, Indy and Snow, Una races to make sure that the Elements do not fall into the wrong hands--in her case, hands that are more related to her than she ever dreamed possible. While Burt has strong concepts and a penchant for plot, the events of the story fail to reveal much about the one-dimensional characters. As in Storybound, without the grounding of and association with clear character development, the plot sometimes devolves into a long sequence of breathless and cluttered details. Despite its flaws, this book has a magical and endearing quality that may be particularly helpful for readers who need to leave an old story behind and begin to write a new one. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062020550
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
120,243
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Marissa Burt was forever getting notes sent home from teachers about reading novels during class. She grew up in Oregon and now lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three sons. Marissa is also the author of Storybound and Story's End.

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