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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Masters and Beginners: The Order of the Twelve Tribes: Volume 1 based on 0 ratings. 2 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!
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!