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The literature of teen fantasy is one of adroit sensibilities and acute characterizations. While this level is frequently not achieved, especially amid the gush of fantasy released to capture the Harry Potter audience, Meredith Ann Pierce has consistently hit the mark. Her Darkangel Trilogy (The Darkangel, A Gathering of Gargoyles and The Pearl of the Soul of the World) is an eerie, adventurous and gothic feast of the imagination.
In this work we are introduced to Brown Hannah, a wispy girl who lives at the edge of the Tanglewood Forest alone with her animal companions -- a badger, a magpie and three foxlets. She thinks of herself as quite ordinary, despite her talent for herbs and healing remedies, which she dispenses to the skittish villagers that infrequently visit. Only these are special herbs -- herbs that sprout within her hair and converse with animals! Most of all, she does not believe the Tanglewood is haunted -- or populated by some great monster, a beast the villagers fear. There's only the wizard who she tends to once a month...
The Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood is an epic, yet folksy work that is anchored in the natural world. The journey of self-discovery Brown Hannah travels is one of the finest fantasy novels of 2001. (Joe Monti)