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Brigitta of the White Forest (Faerie Tales from the White Forest) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Just days before the Forest's Hourglass of Protection is reset for another cycle, Brigitta chases after the troublesome Himalette. A sprite casts a spell that tints them both blue just before a blinding light flashes through the trees. The sisters soon discover that all creatures in the White Forest, except themselves, have turned to stone. Worst of all, the sands of the Hourglass have nearly run out. If the faery Elders can't be restored in time to conduct the necessary ritual, the White Forest will cease to be.
The sisters' only hope is to traverse the dangerous Dark Forest in search of Hrathgar, a faery banished long ago for an unknown, unspeakable crime. Will the faeries learn to work together? Will their quest be completed in time? And will Brigitta figure out, not only who she is, but who she's meant to become?
No, I'm not going to tell you. You have to read the book.
First, how much do I love this cover? It is absolutely stunning, as are, I've discovered, all the works of artist Julie Fain. In full awareness that I'm a total geek, I'm seriously tempted to purchase several prints to give to my friends and/or hang in my office. This cover will sell Brigitta of the White Forest all by itself.
I was very impressed by depth of imagination represented in this book. The fairies of the White Forest have history, mythology, culture, and class structure.Read more ›
The author does a lot of world building in this first volume, and thoughtfully included a lexicon at the end to further elaborate on the intricate details of this magical realm. It's indeed written with a young adult audience in mind, though learning the complexities of an entirely new world may be a bit intimidating to less experienced young readers.
One thing that disappointed me slightly is that I never fully connected with the main characters, even though I liked them well enough. While the author was wonderfully detailed in constructing this beautiful faerie realm, I didn't feel that same depth extended to the characters. Instead I felt more like a comrade traveling alongside them, never really experiencing the wonder of the land through their eyes, or feeling what they felt. Lacking that, I lost a level of intimacy and immersion that I often experience with other fantasy novels. I saw an Amazon reviewer mention a similar sentiment and noted that Ms. Dinsmore comes from a background in script writing, which probably explains this somewhat. In any case, I'm hoping to see the author gain her stride in later volumes and let us live this magical world more fully through her characters.Read more ›
Along the way to Dead Mountain, Briggita and her sister encounter many dangers and make new friends. Together, Brigitta, Himalette, and Minq (a character that seems to resemble Jar Jar Binx from StarWars) head off to Dead Mountain. When they get there, they meet Hrathgar. Brigitta and Himalette are mesmerized by her kindness and can't seem to understand why she has always been described as evil in the stories of faerie lore. Minq is not so easily impressed by Hrathgar's innocent appearance. Through several twists and turns of events, the young faeries quickly learn that everything is not what it appears to be. Hrathgar is actually two separate people! Hrathgar Good (the faerie they first meet) and Hrathgar Evil (the faerie from the stories) are split personalities that share the curse from ancient times. Brigitta and her friends find themselves faced with an even more difficult challenge: they have to end the curse on their village and defeat Hrathgar Evil. But they aren't sure if they are capable of destroying such a powerful faerie all by themselves.
I must start off saying that this book was great!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love fantasy, and because of this love, I have read many different fantasy books. I feel like everyone tends to stick to a certain theme. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great book - an interesting concept with well developed characters. It is popular in the library as well.Published 2 months ago by Stephanie
Brigitta is a grand adventure suitable for all ages. (Well 5 and up) What I really like about the writing is how easy it is for your minds eyes to picture Brigitta's follies... Read morePublished 4 months ago by PCD
I enjoyed the story. Will look for other books in the series.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was as delightful a read for me as it will be for my young cousins. A young hero’s journey through a Tolkienesque world of clever creatures and living landscapes, this... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lisa Costantino
After the first few pages, the story erupts into a fascinating journey filled with interesting twists. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ysabel Emily
My ten year old daughter devoured the entire three book series over the course of about a day and a half. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Hertling
This was a really good book. Great storyline and really amazing details. I was captivated immediately and couldn't put it down till I read the whole thingPublished on May 25, 2014 by yvonne kelough
"Brigitta of the White Forest" is a light, enchanting read. Danika Dinsmore has created a wonderful fantasy world, for young readers and the young at heart. Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Bron Rauk_Mitchell