Publisher: UK Children's Publishing
Year of publication: 2012
# of chapters: 14
# of pages: (e-book)
Plot summary: (from Smashwords)
How could a modern day girl like Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? Even with her own vivid imagination, the place for other realms belonged in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thought, until she stumbled across a hidden curio shop and an even stranger shopkeeper. He gives her a gift that resembles an antique snow dome, but this is not an ordinary globe. The world Charlotte has always known disappears as she’s spirited away into a mystical land.
This is the beginning of a lifelong friendship that changes Charlotte’s life forever. Discovered by a young elf alone in the forest, she embarks on a journey in search of a group of travelling Entertainers. She encounters heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new found companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin. But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.
Other books in the series (not released yet):
|#2: The Wrath of Siren|
|#3: Favian's Law|
This novel is about a friendship between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Their friendship transcends race, gender, age, and even realms. The bond between them is so strong, so pure, so beautiful. Now that's my kind of story.
The writing style is excellent. This book taught me how to eliminate most dialogue tags in my own novel by replacing them with action or description, which is a lot more pleasant to read than "he said" or "she said". A good balance between description, dialogue and action makes the story flow well and kept me interested from beginning to end.
I have to find at least one thing to say here. The book has multiple POVs, which can be frowned upon by publishers who often prefer a single POV. But in this case, it works well. The sections are clearly delimited and each has a single POV. The book would lose a lot of its depth by being told in a single POV. It's interesting to learn more about Dagan, the assassin, for example, by having a glimpse of his world through his own viewpoint.
What makes this book unique
The characters are English, and they talk with a British accent. The book has many English expressions, which add a flavor to the story. I learned a little about the English culture through this book. When Charlotte's mom asks her to "get her skates on", she means for her to hurry up, not to actually put her Rollerblades on. Oh, and a jumper is a sweater, not a sleeveless dress.
This book reminded me of The Wizard of Oz, a young girl finding herself in another realm and trying to find her way back home. It also reminded me of The Lord of the Rings because of the fantasy elements, but I found it so much simpler to read. I don't like working hard when I read, trying to remember a lot of characters and settings.
This book is a winner in every way. My thirteen-year-old son agrees. He read it twice over the last few years, and started reading it a third time on my Kindle now that it's been released. Must be good!
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