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Fairalon by [T.J. Roberts]

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Fairalon Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


Review by: RockinReader on Feb. 12, 2016 :  
Wow! Wow! Wow! I so loved this book, it is magical and an absolute delight to read. I love books of this genre, with fairies and magic and I must say this is one of the best I have ever read. Iris is a wonderful character and her emotions and struggles felt so real to me. I love watching her discover the truth behind her feelings and her gentle heart. The other characters made the story perfect and the detailing is spectacular. It is written with a great flow and definitely keeps your attention. The illustrations are amazing and tied it all together in a neat little package. This is my first experience with this author but it will not be my last. T. J. Roberts is a brilliant writer with an incredible imagination and I want more of his amazing mind. I recommend this book to everyone; it is an adventure for the mind and will stay in the heart for a long time. It would be a great movie.

5 StarsReviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Fairalon is a fantasy novel for children and preteens written and illustrated by T.J. Roberts. Iris is tired of being picked on in school for being different. She doesn't want to be like the rest of the kids; she simply wants them to leave her alone. Ever since her mom died when she was six, Iris finds it necessary to do things, like tapping her legs and repeating actions three times to make sure she does it right. She still doesn't know, you see, if she had done something wrong to make her mother die. Now, her grandmother has died as well, making it even harder for the elevenyear-old to cope. At the funeral, the hair on her arms stood straight up, as it did whenever something strange was going to happen, and it almostseemed as though, at one point, her grandmother had raised her head and spoken to her. Most people dismiss Iris as being mental because she's on medication, but they're just not seeing what she sees. Gram left her house to Iris in her will, on condition that she live there. She also left five wooden boxes in her bedroom which is now Iris's, and there was also a note attached. 

T.J. Roberts' fantasy novel for children and preteens, Fairalon, is an original and exciting epic fantasy. Roberts' 3-D illustrations are superb, and they work perfectly with the story to bring the characters and the marvelous world of Fairalon to life. Iris is a complex and engaging character whose comfort with herself, courage and curiosity are perfectattributes for a questing hero, and she takes on that role with aplomb. I enjoyed watching her spar with the Koan and negotiate with the goblins enjoyed watching her spar with the Koan and negotiate with the goblins as she sought a way to help Charles escape their clutches. Fairalon is well written and the plot is full of action, close calls, and the friendship of stalwart companions. It's a lot of fun, and it's highly recommended.

Kirkus Reviews 

An effervescent middle-grade fantasy story about accepting oneself and others.

..Roberts' debut novel adeptly conveys the language, frustrations, and spirit of a preteen girl with sensitivity and humor. ...Wonderland-worthy characters, including ninja fairies, Bebb the Butterfly Boy, and riddle-obsessed mountains.....vibrant prose descriptions... everything clicks in a page-turning climax.

An often satisfying novel for young readers that hits most of the right notes. 

Midwest Book Review
Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer

Eleven-year-old Iris already has strikes against her: she's the new kid in town, and her quirky behaviors involve repetitive rituals and actions that have, in the past, been labeled an illness.Now she knows they're something more: they are instinctive reactions to her strange and evolving abilities, and they hold the power to alert her of future disasters. That's why she was able to save a young girl from a peculiar car accident, and why she sees things others don't. 

The first thing to note about this captivating fantasy is that it's liberally peppered with full-color (and well-done) illustrations that enhance its story line. From autos in the woods to strange mischievous beings, Fairalon is packed with visual interludes that enhance the story without taking it over completely. Middle-grade readers will thus appreciate the enhancements which create visual interest in Iris's adventures. 

The second notable feature of Fairalon is an attention to supplementing a fantasy adventure feel with the realistic saga of a young girl's evolving perceptions of her powers, her world, and whom she can trust. Fueled by strong psychological insights and solid character development, it's a story young readers will empathize with as they read about Iris's unusual challenges. 

Fairalon excels in a steady plot that offers several twists and turns and much insight on not just the origins of inherited traits, but choices in how power is wielded. 

Middle school fantasy fans will be enthralled as Iris' world expands in unanticipated directions. It should be mentioned that its conclusion paves the way for more books, yet completes her story in a manner that is satisfying and exact, making for a fine introduction to what might become a series.

An exciting blend of adventure, psychological insight, and beautiful illustrations make Fairalon a prime pick in its genre.

From the Author

Fairalon is a labor of love. It was my first published book and it was a blast to write. I loved creating the characters and  the images for the book almost as much as writing it. 

As much as I have enjoyed hearing that adults like the book, for me, it is pure joy hearing that a young person liked the book or laughed out loud at one of the lines. 

I hope there is someone in the book that you can identify with and get a laugh from their predicament.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B018NKQTX0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fairalon Books; 1st edition (November 27, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 27, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 14026 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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This was such a cute little read! A fantasy getaway for the younger ones!!

This book is laced with good lessons as well as consequences. It’s charming characters really draw you in and let you be part of the story! The book really iterates that with good friends and a good conscience, life really can be different!
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