Author Anna Del C Dye once again brings readers a tale filled withmystical beings. Most of her books are much longer and the maincharacters are elves but in this children's book, Emerine's Nightmare,she focuses on the fairy folk. Twelve-year-old Emerine and his fathercame home from fishing to find his mother murdered and their homeburned. His father warned him that the shadows were hunting him and that he must find the fairy folk. As they rushed to escape, his father wasconstantly aware of the danger. When they attacked, Emerine's fatherpushed him inside the trunk of a tree. Emerine could do nothing butwatch as the shadows murdered his father. Emerine must continue on hisown as he searches for the Fairy Queen and tries to elude the shadows.
In Emerine's Nightmare, the author has allowed her imagination to rule.This children's book is a mere forty-seven pages but don't let that fool you: the story is not small. The plot is good versus evil but is not so dark that it will overwhelm children. The illustrations are beautifully done. I knew from previous books that Anna Del C. Dye was a talentedauthor but I had no idea she was also a talented illustrator. My onesuggestion concerns the illustrations. I would like to see more of themand perhaps a wee bit of color added. The characters are interesting.Children will particularly identify with Emerine because of his age andhis uncertainty over whom to trust. This book will appeal to children 9through 15.