Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Emily Windsnap Series #3)

Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Emily Windsnap Series #3)

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Overview

Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Emily Windsnap Series #3) by Liz Kessler, Natacha Ledwidge

"An easy sell to girls looking for a friendship story with more than a touch of make-believe." — Kirkus reviews

When Emily Windsnap discovers an old diamond ring during a class hunt for trinkets, how is she supposed to know that the ring is half the key to unlocking an ancient curse by Neptune himself? Now, with the ring stuck firmly on her hand, Emily finds herself under a new curse: in just a few days, she’ll cease to be half-human and half-mermaid and must say good-bye to one parent forever. Can she possibly find the other missing ring that will break all the curses? Is there anyone who can help her — before it’s too late?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660178
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Series: Emily Windsnap Series , #3
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 35,438
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of two previous books about Emily Windsnap. She lives in England.

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Be careful," Shona whispered as she waved me off from the porthole. "And good luck."

"You too," I said with a hopeful smile. "See you soon."

"You're sure you don't want me to come with you?"

"I'm sure," I said. We'd agreed I had to go straight back to the castle and tell Aaron the news about tonight. There was no time to lose. Shona was going to stay behind and fend Millie off if she came looking for us.

Thankfully, she'd become so absorbed in her dowsing that she wouldn't notice anything for a while. I wouldn't have long, though. The last thing I wanted was for her to worry about me, on top of everything else. Or to keep a closer eye on me and stop me from going out tonight. That was unthinkable! I'd just have to be careful - and quick.

I swam off in the same direction, listened to the ring in the same way, sneaked into the tunnel, and finally came up in the pool in the castle's cellar. I pulled myself out of the water and sat on the side to get my breath back. Panting and exhausted, I wondered how many more times I'd be able to swim here. My body was getting weaker by the hour. My tail was getting more patchy, my breathing more scratchy. Just one more day. Please let me hold out for one more day.

A noise creaked behind me. I leaped to my feet.

"Emily!" It was Aaron! He was still dressed all in black, and his hair was tied back in a sleek ponytail; his face shone pale and clear in the semidarkness of the cellar. His smile was the brightest thing on him. "I've been hanging around here since you left," he said, softly closing the door behind him. "I was hoping you'd come back."

"I said I would." I smiled back, almost surprised at how pleased I was to see him.

Aaron took a step nearer the pool, and that's when I noticed something. His feet - they were webbed. Of course they were. He was descended from Aurora, which meant the curse affected him too. Like me, he was stuck between the two worlds, neither fully one thing nor another. More like me at the moment than ever, as he wasn't quite a semi-mer either. The brief silence that fell between us wasn't awkward. It was the silence between two people who know they understand each other without even using words. It was almost like the way I felt with Shona.

He noticed me looking and shyly held out a hand. "Come on, let me help you out of the pool," he said. This time he didn't snatch his hand away. He held it out palm up, fingers outstretched. Showing me. His hands were webbed too, his fingers joined at the knuckle by the thinnest waferlike stretches of skin. As I reached up to grab his hand, it was as though we were shaking on a deal. We were the same. Whatever happened from here onward, we would succeed or fail together.

We sat on the side of the pool. Aaron stared as my tail melted away and my legs re-formed.

"I can't even do that properly," he said. "My legs stick together and my toes flap about a bit, but that's all." He looked at me wistfully. "Just as it's been for the rest of my family, every generation."

"Aaron, we can change it," I said. "That's what I've come to tell you. Tonight's the spring equinox. And the full moon - it's at midnight!"

Aaron's eyes widened. "Tonight? This is the year? How do you know? The secrecy, the magic!"

I told him about Millie and the Orphalese Oracle. I didn't mention the fact that Millie didn't always get it exactly right. She had to be right this time. She had to be.

"I don't believe it," Aaron said again and again. "I don't believe it. Every spring equinox since I've known about it, I've hoped and wished. I've even searched for the ring myself and prayed the other one would somehow turn up."

"I can't believe I ended up here," I said, looking at the ring on my finger and smiling. I could feel its warmth smile back at me. "I know I've had a few lucky breaks in my life, among all the crazy stuff! But surely that's about as much of a coincidence as you can get."

Aaron shook his head. "It's not a coincidence at all," he said. "The ring brought you here."

"Brought me to the castle?"

"The rings were meant to be together. When one is worn by a semi-mer, it wants to find the other one. While buried, the rings have no power. But when they are free, they want to be together. They're meant to be together. Its own heart brought you here."

We fell silent, lost in our own thoughts, and maybe in our own hopes. "Now we just have to find the pearl ring," he said after a while.

"Not just find it. We have to find it and bring the two rings together under the full moon. It'll be too late after that. As soon as the full moon's passed, I won't be a semi-mer. I'll lose the ring again."

"And if we fail . . ." Aaron looked away as his voice failed.

"I lose a parent," I said.

"So do I, Emily," he said, his voice hardening.

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Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist (Emily Windsnap Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! I usually read a book in 2 or 3 weeks but i finished this one in 5 days! It was so exciting and never boring and always kept you thinking!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the emily windsnap series and i can never put the book down i always has to see what happens next! so im hoping the third will be fun and exiting to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me on the edge of my seat! Totally a great buy :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, of course I agree with everyone else it wasn't as good as the first book and never will be but its still an amazing book about Emily, and her best friend Shona and will always be recremended by me. And one last thing.............AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter thought this was a very interesting book. This is not for tom boys. It is a girlie book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist was an excellent book. I liked the first novel as well, and I didn't like the second book as much, however, I loved the third! I usually like realistic fiction, but I enjoy Liz Kesslers novels. Emily Windsnap fans HAVE to read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole concept of mermaids really got me into the series! Its a really awesome book and I'd reread it over and over again. Just read a few chapters and you'll already be into it. I LOVE EMILY WINDSNAP!!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took me 3 hours to read. Could not put it down.
Karen Jenkins More than 1 year ago
This book was super amazing and very heart touching and i cant wait to read the last one! I LOVED IT i will so read it again Harry potter, eragon, emily windsnap forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:): )
Katrina Roopnarine More than 1 year ago
This book is very adventuous and you just want to no what is going to happen next. You are going to have to read the 1st and 2nd book first to figure out what emily is talking about. so i highly recomend this book it is on of the best of all emily windsnap series! ! what are you waniting for. .. buy this book! !! (:
JessicaDay More than 1 year ago
It definately wasn't the best in the series but it was very good! It was a good way to end yet, Im stillyearning fior more...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book, not so much the 2nd, but this one greatly made up for that! It had a happy ending, which was very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally awesome book! You have to read it. :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg! Favorite book im reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love its so good!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks! Whoever is reading this should read the rest of the series! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read new book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the 1 and 2 book of emily windsnap. The second was very cofousing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is awesome.
Maddy Ohryn More than 1 year ago
This book was great:) You should read the whole series!! They are all awesome. I love how the author describes everythig with great words. Although I didnt like Emily Windsnap And The Monster From The Deep it was ok but not as good as the other ones I've read. GREAT BOOK
Andrew Preston More than 1 year ago
Wow sweet book
Holly Doig More than 1 year ago
Me again, finished this book last night at 11:00 pm and loved it! The ending was incredebly great! I love to stay up from 10:00pm-2:00am and start a new book and then be done with it by 2:00 am
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily is back for an extremily big adventure. This time Emily's life depends on it. Emily finds this presius diamond that belonged to King Neptune. The ring has been cursed, now Emily has been cursed because of the ring. Emily will have to say goodbye to one of her lifes. To stop this, Emily will have to find the other pearl ring that matches it. Read this book to find out what happens next to Emily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I couldn't put it down! You should read the first and second one also their called The Tail of Emily Windsnap and Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep.