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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell [Kindle Edition]

Jen Barton
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Editorial Reviews


As both a publisher and an avid fan of fantasy fiction, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell. It is what every successful book in its genre must be: magical. It’s such a page-turner, I can’t wait for the next installment.

—Len Boswell, Book Publishing Director, American Cancer Society

Book Description


When Fiona Thorn, an ornery orphan with an expertise in explosives, sets out to rescue her imprisoned friend, Jaydin Rowan, she wants nothing more than a few sleeping guards and a satchel full of Blast. What she gets is a run-in with three bickering princesses that puts all four girls on the wrong side of a locked dungeon door.

Now, accidentally involved in a plot to assassinate the King and accused of kidnapping the princesses, Fiona must find a way to free them all, save the King, and rescue Jaydin, all while struggling to pay the magical debt that’s slowly killing her. Unless, of course, the princesses’ annoying sibling rivalry kills her first.

Packed with powerful magic, fun-loving fairies and a vicious ogre turned pet, Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a fantasy kids’ book sure to become a top ten favorite in middle grade fiction.

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From Kirkus Reviews

Barton’s explosive middle-grade fantasy debut tells about an orphan’s quest to save her magical best friend.

This epic fantasy, the first in a planned series, opens with the young Fiona asking a magical pond called Moonshadow how she can save her imprisoned best friend, a fairy named Jaydin. The pond responds that Fiona must offer her own life for Jaydin’s: “Pay in kind or the winds will still.” Jaydin has been accused of casting a Carpacem spell upon the king’s son, rendering the young boy nearly catatonic, yet totally awake. It’s the worst spell a magic user can inflict on someone, and the king doesn’t take it lightly—he imprisons Jaydin and threatens to execute him. With time running out, Fiona travels to the castle on her trusty talking horse, Manzy, and on the way picks up three princesses: Rhiannon, the bossy oldest; Isabel, the whiny middle child; and adorable Cricket, the youngest, who has a way of growling at her enemies and finding trouble. Manzy convinces the princesses to help save Jaydin by talking to their father, the king. As the adventure progresses, the group travels through dank tunnels beneath the castle, is locked in a dungeon and escapes into dangerous woods. Fiona’s penchant for explosives and magical spells adds to the fun. Teenage readers will no doubt relate to fiery Fiona and her need to stand up for what’s right, assert her independence and be true to her friends. Barton’s prose is clear and easy to read; it paints a fantastical, well-drawn picture of her fictional world, yet offers realistic, relatable characters throughout.

Young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this richly imagined tale and will eagerly await its next installment.

About the Author

Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and their 10-year old daughter across the country. She counts the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of her best experiences to date. In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, Barton realized her childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. She’s been writing ever since. When not taxiing her teenage daughter hither and yon, Barton loves reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite).

Product Details

  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flickerfawn; 1 edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZITN6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mystical and the magical December 16, 2012
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This book casts a spell over the reader.It's one of those stories that you rethink and re-imagine.
In that way it has stardust quality. Very nice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters September 5, 2012
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Kids on a quest to save the world isn't the most original concept, but the characters and magical world in Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell sure are. Fiona lights up the pages with her desire to blow things sky high, and her sarcastic and funny tone. I cracked up many times. By her side is Manzanita Rose, an intelligent horse who tries to talk sense to her impulsive friend, mostly in vain.

Along the way they encounter the three princesses of Amryn, who seem to have nothing better to do than argue with each other. Rhiannon, the oldest, is haughty and spoiled, and delights in tormenting the middle sister, Isabel. And the youngest, Cricket, reminded me a little of Sunny from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Very funny. Especially when she uses her powers.

The fairies are awesome, and so vivid, floating off the page before your eyes. The baddies even strike the right balance between pure evil and bumbling incompetence. The whole book is littered with interesting, memorable characters that turn this classic storyline into something special. I highly recommend it for any middle school girl, though to be honest, you might end up reading it yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! July 16, 2013
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell has great characters as well as a fun and non-cliched plot. I honestly could not put it down!

The book is middle grade/YA, but it isn't too light like some books in this age range are. It's the perfect mix of dark and light fantasy. It's original, too, and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but this book really is. Not once did I think, 'Hmm, this reminds me of...' Everything had a new twist on it; even the fairies, and that's coming from a girl who went through a HUGE phase with fairies. If I think it's original, it most likely is.

But the characters are the thing that make this book great. They are full of personality, and none of them can be considered Mary Sues. Each has their strengths as well as their flaws. (Bossiness, stubborness, etc.) Fiona was definitely my favorite character, followed by Cricket, followed by that cute little troll! (He's not exactly a main character, but he was simply adorable!) I loved Fiona's feistiness, and Cricket was just adorable. And Fiona's devotion for her friend Jaydin was really touching.

I am so glad I read this book, and I would highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful fairytale January 24, 2013
By CK Webb
Format:Kindle Edition
Fiona Thorn is an orphaned girl with great knowledge of explosives, and she is on a quest to save her good friend, Jaydin. Jaydin is a fairy who is the watcher of Tree and dreams of traveling the world with Fiona. When Jaydin is wrongly put into a prison, Fiona must figure out a way to get him out, without dooming them both. She soon finds herself meeting three princesses and, though she does not wish it, she quickly becomes best friends with the girls and soon they find themselves on a most incredible journey.
These characters were so easy to get to know. The book is easy to read and fun. It was exciting to follow along with the characters and see what follies they would have or make a mess of. The story is adventurous, fun and sometimes funny with wonderful characters and strong friendships that feel like home. I'm not the fantasy, fairytale type, but this was a Good book. Anyone would love to read this. I give 5-spiders easily

T Lane
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first of a new series November 16, 2012
By debd
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Fiona Thorn is a young orphan on a quest to save her friend, Jaydin. She's carrying a sack full of blast and on her way to the castle runs into three princesses, my personal favorite being Cricket. The youngest of the three, she is full of energy and not afraid of snakes or ogres. The story reveals a host of magical creatures, Foo, Kevin, Manzy and Winkle. This is a great book for young readers. I'm looking forward to the next, in what I hope will be an on going series of books, about Fiona's adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Cuts Across Genres November 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
I encountered the author's writing when I was visiting a site devoted to short stories. I read hers and thought it was brilliant. I immediately wanted to read more.

When I began the Fiona book, I had no idea that I would become immersed in a world of fairies where animals and other objects are given human characteristics. What I've really taken away from this book, beyond the charming story and characters (and yes there are bad guys), is that if a writer is truly gifted, there can be a transcendence of genres. Ms. Barton writes just as brilliantly in this genre as she did in the short story I read, a contemporary story of a woman living in a nursing home, hoping to end her life. There is absolutely no correlation between the two except for the brilliant writing and descriptions which invite the reader into the charming story. This is a book I would feel comfortable recommending to anyone, no matter what their genre of choice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Fantasy for ages 10 and up! November 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
Fiona Thorn & the Carapacem Spell is a fun fantasy book for elementary and middle grade readers. Fiona is a stubborn, young girl with some amazing gifts. She sets out to rescue her friend Jayden who was accused of a crime he did not commit, but determines to do things the hard way. She is rude at times and makes many mistakes but her heart is in the right place. This fanciful story is filled with fun-loving creatures, annoying and adorable princesses, and many other characters both magical and non-magical. An adventure that most kids will really enjoy.

I personally had a hard time getting into the story, but after the first couple of chapters I was able to figure out what was happening and it made the book much more enjoyable. A good book for those who love fairies, fantasy and girls full of mischief.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author for this review - all reviews are my personal and honest opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book!
t wasn’t Jaydin the fairy prince’s fault. He was framed. Fiona Thorn, his best friend, knew that. She was going to break him out – ER rather BLOW him out of jail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by This Kid Reviews Books
5.0 out of 5 stars new characters
This book had a bit of everything in it. I loved how there were talking animals, a new twist on fairies and some new creatures I never heard of -- like Cave Bodkins. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jan farnworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Book
I didn't really like this book, it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be when I downloaded it.
Published 19 months ago by Ken Remus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very good Book...normally i dont like fairytale based books but this was Great. Very well written and easy to understand
Published 21 months ago by Michael Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Young Readers
My Granddaughter and I both read Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell. It is a wonderful story for tweens and teens. Fiona is an exciting character. Read more
Published 21 months ago by lsheldon5
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, fun fantasy read - no matter what your age!
Welcome to Fiona Thorn's world - filled with fabulous characters - endearing Manzy, those crazy princesses, and my fav - secret agent, big squeeze, Kevin the 'ake! Read more
Published 22 months ago by ebookluver
4.0 out of 5 stars SUITABLE FOR YOUNG AND OLD!!
Even in a kingdom where magical creatures like fairies, cave bodkins and talking sea turtles, who act as life savers, live, someone will plot to assassinate a perfectly good king. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell
Great dynamic between Fiona and the other characters like Manzy, Kevin and the Princesses. I liked how each character had a scene that sometimes evolved into scenes together. Read more
Published 22 months ago by AmazonAddict
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More About the Author

Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and their 10-year old daughter across the country. She counts the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of her best experiences to date.

In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, Barton realized her childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. She's been writing ever since.

When not taxiing her teenage daughter hither and yon, Barton loves reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite).

In 2012 Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Southern California Book Festival. Later that year Barton was named 1st Runner Up in America's Next Author for her compelling short story of an old woman trapped in her own body, "Movin' On Up."

Listen to a great podcast interview with Bill Thompson on The Bookcast (www.thebookcast.com-search Jen Barton), and for more fun BlogTalk Radio interviews see www.fionathornbook.com or JenBartonWrites on FB.

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