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Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie—a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan. She rescues him and unknowingly becomes involved in a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie, two opposing factions of fairies that have been battling each other throughout the long centuries of human history, with London—and England itself—as the ultimate prize.
When the Invisible Order—a centuries-old secret society of humans that has protected mankind from the fey's interference—gets involved, things really start to get complicated.
Now she is the central figure in this ancient war that could permanently change Earth. With no one to trust, Emily must rely on her own instincts and guile to make the right choices that could save her family and all of mankind.
Audie Award Nominee - Best Solo Narration - Female, 2011
"As portrayed by Kellgren, Emily’s horror, disbelief, anxiety, and humor are clear and perfectly in sync with the narrative. In a story rife with double-crossing, Emily soon finds herself doubting everyone and everything. But listeners are drawn smoothly along the twisted threads of the adventures." (AudioFile)
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By Sheri C on 09-21-11
Fun and Imaginative
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Although obviously written for children, it was well-imagined and well-plotted. The world created by the author is consistent - there were no major gaps in logic that kicked me out of the story. The characters were a little obvious, with the bad guys being suitably evil and the good guys being pretty much instantly likeable, but I enjoyed Emily's struggles to understand the events around her and to choose between her heart's desire and the moral high road. The twist at the end was a lot of fun and sets up the next book. I expect I'll read it, too.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Jodi on 05-30-12
For Kids and Adults 8+ - Magical Mystery
I will listen to almost anything that Katherine Kellgren reads. She is wonderful! I hear the voice and can clearly imagine the character. This story beginning reminded me of Jane Eyre or Oliver Twist character. Then the magic happens! Are they good or are they evil? Who can you trust?
I think this story might be too scary for a child under the age of 8 because it does deal with abandonment of parents and some scary creatures.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful