Vogelein, Volume 2: Old Ghosts

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Though three hundred years have passed since Alexi's death, Vogelein finds herself still haunted by the unkept promise she made to her first Guardian.
Now the clockwork faerie must confront her past with the help of Mason, an itinerant musician whose spirit bears a striking resemblance to the one she desperately wants to lay to rest. As she struggles to find peace for both herself and Alexi, Vogelein discovers that centuries-old questions rarely have easy answers, intended paths...

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Overview

Though three hundred years have passed since Alexi's death, Vogelein finds herself still haunted by the unkept promise she made to her first Guardian.
Now the clockwork faerie must confront her past with the help of Mason, an itinerant musician whose spirit bears a striking resemblance to the one she desperately wants to lay to rest. As she struggles to find peace for both herself and Alexi, Vogelein discovers that centuries-old questions rarely have easy answers, intended paths reveal themselves in mysterious ways, and present-day threats strike just as suddenly as those from long ago.

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In Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie, Irwin introduced the title character, a winged doll who was crafted by a watchmaker in late 17th-century Germany and somehow came to life. Since her creator's death, she has lived with a series of guardians, but as this wonderful second volume begins, she is enjoying a newfound semi-independence in urban America, with her street-cleaner friend, Ezrael, pointing her to people she can trust to wind her each day so that she doesn't run down. Opening with a remarkable and unconventional flying sequence, this volume deals with Vögelein's long-buried guilt and remorse surrounding the death of her first guardian, Alexi, a Romani (or Gypsy) trader, to whom she made a promise she couldn't keep. She confides her turmoil to one of her new friends-a kind, itinerant musician named Mason who reminds her of Alexi-and together they search for a proper way to honor Alexi's memory. Meanwhile, one of Mason's neighbors, an artist, has discovered Vögelein's existence and plots to trap her. Irwin's black-and-white painted artwork has a naturalistic feel and some beautiful designs, and her handling of emotions is nuanced and affecting. Recommended for all collections, for teens and adults.
—S.R.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974311012
  • Publisher: Fiery Studios
  • Publication date: 10/3/2007
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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