VIOLET WINGS by Victoria Hanley


Age Range: 10 - 14
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Fairies, genies, pixies and trolls: material for preschoolers’ books? Not so in Hanley’s new effort following on her fantasy trilogy that began in The Seer and the Sword (2000). Zaria, a 12-year-old fairy from Tirfeyne, a parallel world unseen by humans, has received her wand and the watch that reveals her inborn levels of magic and power. She’s exceedingly powerful, but she’s also “Earth-struck,” far too interested in what happens on Earth, perhaps because her family disappeared during a visit there. Zaria discovers that her mentor Lily Morganite is evil, but with the help of friends and growing knowledge and control of her own powers, she’s able to battle for control of the governing council against the stronger woman in a breathless climax that clearly sets up a follow-on novel. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from a history of Tirfeyne, creating a believable depth and detail in the fairy world. Although Zaria’s character is well developed, others are superficially drawn. The well-realized world and believable main character make this a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60684-011-5
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Egmont USA
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2009


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