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C.S. Einfeld is a happy recluse who lives on a tiny farm, on a small island, somewhere in the vast North Atlantic Ocean. She was last seen walking with her pet emu, Archimedes, down an old country road. Her long suffering (and extremely talented), hubby, Aaron Einfeld is the illustrator of 'Neverdark'. Sometimes, he walks Archimedes, too.

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C.S. Einfeld is a happy recluse who lives on a tiny farm, on a small island, somewhere in the vast North Atlantic Ocean.

She was last seen walking with her pet emu, Archimedes, down an old country road.

Her long suffering (and extremely talented), hubby, Aaron Einfeld is the illustrator of 'Neverdark'. Sometimes, he walks Archimedes, too.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By carly on January 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
From the minute I picked up this fantastic little book, I was entranced. I posted up the prologue here, because I loved it so much. I am so glad I got to read this amazing adventure story, a special thanks to C.S. Einfeld, who was kind enough to send me review copy.

The story starts in the kingdom of Southnut, Princess Feira is having a tantrum. Her father King Utor Goldenoak has informed her that she is to marry Lord Darkwater. This is the last thing in Great Oak that Feira wants to do.

Lady Gooseberry, has always looked after Feira, since her mum has not yet awakened from her sleep, that all mothers have, they don't awaken until their children's wings harden (when they reach maturity). Lady Gooseberry tells Feira the whole sorry story about Lord Darkwater, and she must leave immediately to seek out the aid of Old Mother Oak.

You see Lord Darkwater is not a very nice faerie at all, he has been rigging up nearly all of the great oak tree, to extract the Oak syrup that all the faeries live off. The Oak syrup is running out fast and the tree is dying, some of the animals are already leaving. Lady Gooseberry says Fiera must seek out old Mother Oak and ask her for help. She sends Fiera off in secret, with her adorable little firefly Sparky, on their dangerous adventure to the top of the Great Oak.

Fiera's journey is full of adventure and danger, she makes lots of friends easily with her kind and loving nature. She is courageous and smart and is a real joy to read about.

But can Fiera make it to the top of Great Oak? Can she seek out the Old Mother Oak and save the tree, the animals and her people in time? Well I don't want to give anything away, so I won't say any-more, You will have to pick up this amazing little book and find out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leanne on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
*Received e-book through Early Reviewers program from LibraryThing for an honest review

Neverdark by C.S. Einfeld is a modern fairy tale set in the land of Doru, with the Grand Old Oak Tree being the home of the faeries and other woodland insects/creatures. The story starts with the faerie Princess Fiera of Southnut learning of her impending marriage (3 days!) to Lord Darkwater of Northbark. The reader discovers that Lord Darkwater has heard about a prophecy naming Fiera the "Heart of the Generation" - the only one who can save his kingdom from its depletion of its main food source, oak syrup. When Princess Fiera finds out about Lord Darkwater's role in the disaster and her own prophecy, she sets out to locate Great Mother Oak for her advice. On her journey, she encounters different species, makes new friends, and sees the dying lands, all while evading capture by Lord Darkwater's armies.

I found Princess Fiera to be a charming, loveable protagonist with a kind heart. In addition, I enjoyed the secondary characters she meets, especially Mandabull the ant - it was moving to see his hatred of all faeries dissolve after spending more time with Fiera. I also thought her interactions with her pet firefly, Sparky, were adorable (even though she didn't understand him). Furthermore, the illustrations in the book, done by Einfeld's husband, added a whimsical, sweet touch to the story.

Overall, Neverdark was a cute, entertaining story integrated with several morals, which reflect issues currently in our society. I think middle grade children would love it and mothers can also enjoy reading this to their children at bedtime, even helping to possibly start discussions about these grown-up topics. I would recommend this book to fans of James and the Giant Peach and other modern fantasy books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elka on February 19, 2012
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Absolutely brilliant! One of the best books I've ever read! I found the part when Lord Darkwater started talking to the flower pot hilarious and I loved all the adventure. My favourite character was Sparky the firefly. I loved the cartoony illustrations that popped up during the book too. A fantastic modern fairytale for both boys and girls with lots of humour and adventure!
This is now my favourite book EVER!:-)

My daughter read this over 2 days and could hardly put it down. She has been showing us all the pictures in it, which definately added to her enjoyment. Not to mention following me around the house and reading out her favourite parts to me - always the sign of a great book!
It's exactly the type of book she loves to read - a fun fantasy adventure that's unpredictable and unusual.
We'd both recommend it unreservedly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Gray on January 9, 2012
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A great story, wonderfully written.I got this for a friend's child and they adored it. I started reading,and found myself captivated. A lovely, lovely book. Buy it now,and escape from the real world for a time.It's well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ray on December 2, 2011
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I liked the read very much.The author moves the story very well.There are no pages were the author is just trying to fill the pages.Very well done. In some ways it reminds me of a modern day Snow White. Again very well well done and hope to see much more of your work. Thank you for a really good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) on April 4, 2012
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I won this book from the member giveaways on librarything in exchange for an honest review.

Neverdark is a delightful fairy tale by C. S. Einfeld about a spunky, brave little fairy named Fiera. She is getting forced into a marriage with Lord Darkwater, who is the antagonist of this piece-- a very intelligent Fairy who has found ways to mine more Oaksap than is needed; the additional sap stores allow the other fairies in Doru live in the lap of luxury. Unsurprisingly, difficulties arise when the sap runs out and Darkwater is forced to find other ways to get more of this product that is a staple of fairy life. Fiera's job is to save her own kingdom from the same ruin!

I found myself smiling through most of this book. The characters are sweet, ones that you want to hug. My personal favorites include the very ingenious Lady Gooseberry who saves the day on multiple occasions, Prince Delvin the caterpillar, and Manuel, the crow from Mexico. I liked how the story was a combination of fairy tale, Aesop's fable, and adventure story. This book reminds me of a lot of stories written in the "old fashioned way" with good "old fashioned morals." Such as, we have limited resources and we need to take care of them so they don't get depleted. This is definitely a book I would recommend to my younger nieces and nephews because it is entertaining, beautifully written and has great messages.

Overall, a well written book and highly enjoyable for younger readers (as well as older ones like me)!
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