This book would have made more sense if I had read 13 Treasures, but I was able to figure out enough of the details to be able to enjoy it on its own. The shifting narration—Rowan, Rowan’s flashbacks, and Tanya—was slightly confusing at first, not having the benefit of knowing the background between Rowan and Tanya. The first part of the book is long and very detailed, but once the children start looking for the 13 charms, the pace picks up considerably. The fairy realm that is portrayed is dark and twisted, so children looking for a pleasant book about fairies should look elsewhere. The length of this novel will probably not appeal to many readers, but fantasy fans may decide to give it a try based on the very attractive cover.
Recommended for grades 5-8. For more information, visit Michelle Harrison.