When Sophie Driscoll's grandmother dies, her parents take over running the Annex, a warehouse facility that stores magical artifacts and documents proving, and protecting, the existence of faeries. Sophie and her brothers, Flynn and Cal, happily adjust to a new house, new friends, and a new way of living, joining the ranks of generations who have kept the fey and mortal realms separate for centuries. Before the first month of their new life is over, they'll encounter romance, elves, talking cats, ancient secrets, and potentially lethal danger. What could possibly go wrong...
About the Author
A lover of cats, ballet, and fantasy fiction, Daley Downing also blogs at The Invisible Moth on Wordpress. A current stay at home parent and dance teacher on hiatus, she is hard at work on the rest of the series of The Order of the Twelve Tribes.
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Masters and Beginners based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Harry Potter meets Warehouse 13, but with biblical mythology! This book was a treat. I loved the creativity, including the song lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. Even the author's writing style had a unique flavor to it, which these days I much prefer to stale, mass-marketed prose. It has a bit of a whimsical pace, exploring the different aspects of this imaginary world and its characters before finally coming to the action in the last section of the book. But I didn't mind that at all. I took my time reading it, digesting it in slow chunks and wishing my cat could speak to me. My only real complaints were that I wanted to explore the world more and its history and see what the Guardians and Scholars actually DO. And sometimes the amount of names/characters was a little disorienting. I confused characters quite a bit through most of the book. For those of you who love YA romance, mythology, and imagination check this book out! And as for you, Ms. Daley Downing, keep being uniquely you!
What a delightful modern fantasy novel for young adults (or anyone, really), featuring some of my favorite things, namely Faerie things! Had so much fun reading it! I loved the Faerie things, talking cats who are more than cats (Jules! Loved her! :)), Fae characters both good and bad, Seelie and Unseelie (I particularly liked/would like to know more about Alex...), other mysterious beings, mystery, family, humor (I laughed aloud a couple of times), adventure, and other awesome things like PORTALS, yay! (Loved the portals!) A very rich tapestry of different elements. :) It starts out a little bit slow, drawing us into this well-constructed storyworld of our modern times with an undercurrent of mythological things, and steadily builds as we meet beloved characters, are immersed in all the details and magical feel of it, and drawn deeper into the mysteries and dangers, until it gets quite exciting/intense near the end there! O_O I was so drawn into this storyworld, and although I might have liked to have gotten to know a few of the characters better (next time!), overall I really fell in love with these characters and this setting, and just had an incredible time reading it! ^_^ In many ways it was different from other YA books, which was fascinating and a delightful breath of fresh air. :D There are actually *gasp* nice people! And the parents aren’t dead! *more gasps* And the parents are actually nice and a part of the story! *triple gasp* There was more of a focus on the entire family—who actually love each other *biggest gasp of all*—and even some homeschoolers. All super neat to read in a YA book. :D The main characters, the Driscolls—Sophie and her brother Flynn, and their parents Kate and James, and little brother Callum—are already a part of this set of people (the Order of the Twelve Tribes, which is where the series gets its title) who know about the crazy stuff going on, so they didn’t need to go through the “wait, faeries exist?” transition that’s common in many modern fantasy stories. They do become more a part of it/learn new things, so it’s not like there’s no wonder or discovery, but already being past the big hump of knowing it all exists is a great twist. :) It was interesting to have Faerie mythology and elements of Christianity/Hebraic history/legend seamlessly woven together and taken for granted as things that are a part of the world. :) I loved the references (Doctor Who, “Warriors”, King Arthur, Samhain, etc.). So fun! :D Also loved the “extra” material, chapters opening with lyrics/quotes, and emails, documents, texting, or letters, adding extra atmospheric/authentic quality. :D Slight downsides: I might have liked to see more of the characters and the Annex, but that's what sequels are for. So many names introduced all at once confused me somewhat, but also made it more realistic. I was on the fence about a spoiler at the end, but I think the second book makes it better, so. ;) Those are my only semi-complaints. Overall, a fun read that I loved! :D (Content: a little mild language, sweet romances, fairytale violence; pretty clean read. :)) It seemed less dark than much YA out there, which made me happy. Also, the adults have prominent parts too, more about the whole family; makes it more likely that young adult & adult readers will find something to enjoy. :) 5 stars, breath of fresh air and fun! Looking forward to the sequels! (I received a free copy from author; all opinions are my own.)
This is the most enjoyable YA fantasy novel I've read in a very long time. Daley Downing averts all the usual, tiresome tropes of the genre to deliver a refreshing story with delightful characters and a rich, captivating storyworld. Downing's fusion of Christian elements with fairy mythology is particularly clever, and I was impressed by her tasteful inclusion of characters on the autistic spectrum. The thrilling climax and unexpected ending left me eager to read more from this series. Highly recommended!