The Fairly Stillwater Chronicles Two Blog Tour Day 8

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher

The Fairly Stillwart Chronicles, Volume Two

Stillwart the Pixie is back with her rag-tag group of magical friends! Determined to complete her mission to the Northern Lands, with the hope of saving her people from extinction, she ventures from Nova Scotia to Ireland.

The journey is long and arduous, fraught with danger at every turn, but Stillwart and friends band together, knowing their precious cargo is needed. With only their wits, a cell phone, and the human they’ve come to rely on, the group presses forward, facing each obstacle with spritely courage. To make matters works, the call of the Thorn Tree is strong, making the expedition all the more urgent.

The Fairly Stillwart Chronicles are a series of six short stories detailing the life and adventures of Stillwart the Pixie and her adopted fairy family. The stories capture the Southern Land Fairy folklore by bringing to life their world, hierarchy, and the challenges they face to keep their race and magic alive.

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Scott Butcher’s world of fairy folk and pixies that have crossed oceans between Australia, Canada and Ireland present the reader with a wondrous journey that began in Volume One. Now Ireland, Stillwart the Pixie and her friends, now joined by two human companions, Lucy and Phoebe. I was again swept into the world of the fairy battle across the seas from where the story started in Australia. We enter the battle to save the fairy race and magic with the Northern Fairies and Muckrake the Elder, the pixie scribe. As well as an enthralling plot, there is an intriguing interrelationship between the fairies of the North, and those of the South, willing to come to each other’s aid at a moment’s notice. Heading to where the battle to save their race is taking place, Stillwart and her friends are soon pulled into a war that one of them may go missing in, and where secrets could be revealed.

I liked Butcher’s fast pace, it kept me reading and was a nice length when you want a quick yet fabulously written read. I loved that the author took us from Australia to Canada and then to Ireland and the United Kingdom, it gave the fairy story a love sense of time and place, and it excited me to imagine that there are fairies somewhere in Australia. Living in Australia, I wondered if the fairies here would differ between bush, coastal and desert races.

I found the way the fairies spoke of the nations, such as that Canada place, that Australia place and about the human as wonderful examples of how they see the world differently to a human character. Their understanding of the world changes when they meet the humans, yet they still maintain their ways as well, nobody changes to suit the other party, yet they were still able to communicate and help each other.

Towards the end, a few revelations stopped my heart for a while, and I found myself desperate to find out what happens to a beloved character, and why. The short chapters kept up the pace well too, ensuring that the attention of the reader would be on the book and the story, though at times I found them too short because I didn’t want to book to end so soon. Overall, this is turning out to be a fantastic series, and I look forward to reading future books that reveal what happens to the characters.

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The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth

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Title: The Puzzle Ring

Author: Kate Forsyth

Publisher: Scholastic/Pan Macmillan

Category: Historical Fiction/Children’s Fiction

Published: 1st June 2009

Pages: 409

Price: $16.99

Synopsis: An ancient curse. A ruined castle. A journey back in time.

Hannah Rose was not quite 13 years old when she discovered her family was cursed. . . .

The arrival of a mysterious letter changes Hannah’s life forever. One day she is an ordinary teenage girl. The next day she discovers she is heir to a castle in the Scottish highlands—a castle that was cursed more than four hundred and forty years ago.

The curse has haunted her family for generations, culminating in the disappearance of Hannah’s father the day after she was born. A prophecy tells of a Red Rose who will save a Black Rose, solve the puzzle ring, and break the curse. Red-haired Hannah is determined to be the one.

Yet, to break the curse, she must go back in time to the last tumultuous days of Mary, Queen of Scots . . . a time when witches were burnt and queens were betrayed and the dark forces of wild magic still stalked the land. . . .

 

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If you’re looking for something new to read, then go no further than Kate Forsyth’s 2009 novel, The Puzzle Ring. Set in Scotland, the novel begins in modern times, with the main character, Hannah Rose Brown, discovering the truth about her heritage.

From the opening words about not quite thirteen-year-old Hannah Rose Brown, I was hooked.  The opening line swept me into the action and I soon found myself preoccupied by the book, dreaming about it, eager to get back to it when I was away from it.

The Puzzle Ring has become on of the books I own that I want to revisit and practically re –read as soon as I have finished it for the first time. I felt at home in Scotland, drawn to the ancestral home of my own family. Kate Forsyth created a world that I could feel myself living in. I smelt the snow, heard the sounds of Wintersloe and smelt the sixteenth century smells, found myself playing for Mary, Queen of Scots and helping Hannah in her quest.

This book reaches a wonderful conclusion that I never saw coming and it fitted the story perfectly. I cannot wait to revisit this book.