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Aleks Mickelsen and the Twice-Lost Fairy Well (Zaria Fierce Series) (Volume 4) Paperback – July 7, 2017
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The illustrations are marvelous, as always.
A Young Adult book for all ages. I totally agree with an earlier book review that says these are destined to be classics.
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I can't wait for the next book! Keep writing!
You don't realise how much you miss things till they are gone, and this is the case with this series. The characters had a way of worming themselves into my heart and I missed them! Well they are back and better than ever!! Zaria, Geirr, Filip, Aleks, and Christoffer!! Their bond is something to relish in and their friendship is great to read. They look out for each other and they work well together. There's no badness between any of them, and they just make you miss the time when you were young and friendship was about friendship and nothing more.
This is just as adventurous and exciting as the previous 3. The action starts right at the beginning and it's non stop till the end. They are facing a new foe, one who can make you doubt everything! One who seems to be badder than the other ones they've faced. This is also packed with so much magic, fantastical creatures and lore, that it was a breeze to read. I flew through it and was sorry to see it end!!
In all, a great book. It's hard not to root for those kids and it was so nice to get to know Alek a bit better. This series is great for any age and I can't wait for more!!
Michele Carpenter does a fantastic job with this book. She has a great array of tones and voices for them and really knows how to perform the story. I love her tones for the kids!! Enjoyable performance.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
Aleks Mickelsen is a changeling who would rather be an average teenage human boy then have anything to do with his fey heritage. After the gang's last adventures, he'd be happy if he never saw a troll or dragon again. If Aleks gets his wish, he will completely become a human on his sixteenth birthday and leave his fey abilities behind forever, including his pointy ears and the ability of never getting lost. Yet, when mysterious accidents begin to occur to Aleks and his friends, they become suspicious that someone or something may be targeting them. Then Aleks sister Nori shows up, after having escaped from Niflheim, and tells them how there is a third dragon, Fritjof on the loose and he's the one who's been behind all of their troubles. At first, the gang doesn't believe her, but slowly recognize signs that Fritjof is trying to escape from the Under Realm and he's one mean dragon bent on wreaking chaos.
Gillett's books always include plenty of action and I love the adventures that the gang has across Norway as they try to prevent Fritjof's escape. Fritjof appears to be an excellent foe for the gang, having the power to make people doubt his very existence, even interfering with Aleks abilities. There's plenty of instances of their getting lost and separated, as well as tough situations like being captured and jailed by trolls. Throughout, these friends have come to depend on one another, with each bringing their own set of skills to the mix. I've really come to enjoy the bond that they share and the more of Gillett's books that I read, the more I feel like I'm beginning to understand the uniqueness of each of the magical kingdoms they travel through, as well as the Norwegian folklore these stories are based on. Aside from the adventuring, I really love the illustrations by Eoghan Kerrigan which are beautifully detailed bringing the characters and story to life. He draws some of the best dragons and trolls that I've seen, but this time around I particularly liked his banshees and bears, o.k. so basically all of the illustrations from the series. While not everything is resolved by the end of The Twice Lost Fairy Well, I'm very curious about what the future has in store for Aleks. He's kinda on a time clock to get his wish for becoming a human, but as he loses his magical ability of never getting lost, he begins to realize that also means that he might not be able to help them on this quest. And maybe being a fey isn't as terrible as he once thought. Interesting things to contemplate as I await the next book of the series.
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