THE FAERIE DOOR by B.E. Maxwell

THE FAERIE DOOR

Age Range: 10 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Two children, Victoria and Elliot, are drawn from their times and places (1890s Britain and 1966 America, respectively) on our Earth to quest alone in other worlds for orbs of power that can save the multiverse from evil. This intricately plotted fantasy has its roots in the conventions of fantasy writing for children: Echoes of MacDonald, Nesbit, Burnett and Tolkien thread through this archetypal tale of the child hero/heroine who must pass many tests of knowledge and character to achieve assigned goals. This story will reward the mature reader. The writing is heavily descriptive; the plot and quest narrative are complex and intricate; the characters in their quests are not always heroic or admirable. Maxwell recounts Victoria’s and Elliot’s stories in alternating chapters, a technique that sustains suspense and tension in the plot. The climax and resolution are particularly satisfying but not at all pat and leave room for more to follow. Give this to fans of Janet Taylor Lisle, J.K. Rowling and Franny Billingsley, or use it as an introduction to the classics of the genre. (Fantasy. 10-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-15-206345-0
Page count: 496pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2008




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