Deeply connected to the earth, Fer grows up learning about herbs and their healing properties from her grandmother. Grand-Jane has worked hard to protect her granddaughter, but her homey magic cannot keep Fer from accidentally opening the portal between the human and fairy worlds. Once opened, Fer tumbles into a dangerous world of alliances and treachery. With the help of a puck, whose own loyalty is deeply divided, she attempts to discover the truth about her parents’ fate and the identity of the Lady who rules the land. Out of her element, in a world with different rules than her own, Fer must rely on her wits, strong character, and knowledge of herbs to see through enchantments, discover the truth, and heal the land. Prineas writes a rich, engrossing tale that is hard to set down. She weaves ancient lore into a modern story full of danger, magic, and complex, engaging characters. Hand this to fantasy readers who enjoy a strong female character and a touch of mystery. Grades 5-8. --Suzanne Harold
'A wonderful, imaginative alternate world' Kirsten Cahore, bestselling author of Graceling. 'A refreshingly new and exciting adventure' Carousel. 'I love this book! It's perfect' Nayu's Reading Corner. 'Filled with interesting and devious characters - a magical read that's great for younger readers who love adventure' Kiss. 'A great story ... builds in excitement again and again, I didn't want to put the book down it was so good' Guardian Children's website. 'An easy-to-read magical adventure story with some quirky characters and touches of humour to offset the dark fairy-tale. An enjoyable read for fans of fantasy adventure' Booktrust.
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