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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell by [Barton, Jen]
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Barton’s explosive middle-grade fantasy debut tells about an orphan’s quest to save her magical best friend.

This epic fantasy, the first in a planned series, opens with the young Fiona asking a magical pond called Moonshadow how she can save her imprisoned best friend, a fairy named Jaydin. The pond responds that Fiona must offer her own life for Jaydin’s: “Pay in kind or the winds will still.” Jaydin has been accused of casting a Carpacem spell upon the king’s son, rendering the young boy nearly catatonic, yet totally awake. It’s the worst spell a magic user can inflict on someone, and the king doesn’t take it lightly—he imprisons Jaydin and threatens to execute him. With time running out, Fiona travels to the castle on her trusty talking horse, Manzy, and on the way picks up three princesses: Rhiannon, the bossy oldest; Isabel, the whiny middle child; and adorable Cricket, the youngest, who has a way of growling at her enemies and finding trouble. Manzy convinces the princesses to help save Jaydin by talking to their father, the king. As the adventure progresses, the group travels through dank tunnels beneath the castle, is locked in a dungeon and escapes into dangerous woods. Fiona’s penchant for explosives and magical spells adds to the fun. Teenage readers will no doubt relate to fiery Fiona and her need to stand up for what’s right, assert her independence and be true to her friends. Barton’s prose is clear and easy to read; it paints a fantastical, well-drawn picture of her fictional world, yet offers realistic, relatable characters throughout.

Young fantasy fans will likely enjoy this richly imagined tale and will eagerly await its next installment.

About the Author

Jen Barton was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1971 and spent much of her life on the East Coast. In 2008, at age 36, she and her family moved to California. With two cars, she and her husband moved two dogs, two guinea pigs, a cornsnake and their 10-year old daughter across the country. She counts the five day road trip, including a near escape by both dogs on Day 3, as one of her best experiences to date. In 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Millersville University, Barton realized her childhood dream to become a writer. One van full of bored kids, one long day of travel, and Fiona Thorn was born. She’s been writing ever since. When not taxiing her teenage daughter hither and yon, Barton loves reading (especially fantasy by George R. R. Martin), cooking (anything with pasta is a hit), and writing (magical worlds with obstinate teen girls is always a favorite).

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flickerfawn; 1 edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZITN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell has great characters as well as a fun and non-cliched plot. I honestly could not put it down!

The book is middle grade/YA, but it isn't too light like some books in this age range are. It's the perfect mix of dark and light fantasy. It's original, too, and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but this book really is. Not once did I think, 'Hmm, this reminds me of...' Everything had a new twist on it; even the fairies, and that's coming from a girl who went through a HUGE phase with fairies. If I think it's original, it most likely is.

But the characters are the thing that make this book great. They are full of personality, and none of them can be considered Mary Sues. Each has their strengths as well as their flaws. (Bossiness, stubborness, etc.) Fiona was definitely my favorite character, followed by Cricket, followed by that cute little troll! (He's not exactly a main character, but he was simply adorable!) I loved Fiona's feistiness, and Cricket was just adorable. And Fiona's devotion for her friend Jaydin was really touching.

I am so glad I read this book, and I would highly recommend it!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has some awesome characters and a great storyline that kept me interested throughout. The book appears to be targeted at a Y/A audience, but it can be a fun read for all ages. As a fantasy, this book will surely entertain, with plenty of intrigue, suspense and excitement. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy.
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My daughter (12) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here is her review:

This book tells the story of Fiona Thorn, ornery orphan who has a penchant for explosives and who goes on a mission to rescue her friend, Jaydin Rowan. But when she runs into three annoying princesses whom she is unable to get rid of, all four of them get locked up in the dungeon. Now, Fiona is accused of kidnapping the princesses because she has a rough past with the king who is in danger of being killed. Now Fiona must find a way to save herself and the constantly bickering princesses, save the king, and finally save her friend Jaydin before the “magical debt” kills her.

The main character is Fiona Thorn who is an orphan who likes explosives, has a talking horse as her best friend, and who just desperately wants to find her imprisoned friend Jaydin before a magical debt kills her. I really liked the part with the princesses because it was funny to listen to them argue and I really liked the youngest princess (Cricket) because she was awesome. I didn’t really understand what was going on at the start of the book but when I got further into the book I started to understand. I learned that it is important to stand by your friends and to always be there for them.

I thought the cover was cool and really eye-catching because it looks really mysterious. However, it could use a little bit more color because everything looked bluish. Overall, I thought this book was really cool and I couldn’t put it down because I kept thinking things like “Why is this happening?” and “What’s going to happen next?”

I think girls and boys 8-12 would like this book. I would give the book 4.5 stars.
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell by: Jen Barton
Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book about an adventurous girl and the series of adventures that she goes through to save her friend. It is easy to say that the main character, Fiona Thorn, is a complex character with simple morals. She values love, friendship, trust, loyalty, and faith. Fiona Thorn is a prickly character at times but she brings the story to life. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a mixed tale of real life values and problems with a fairytale twist, including, talking animals, evil villains, fairies, and enchanted forests. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book that children of all ages will enjoy but can be specifically catered to the middle school population.
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Welcome to Fiona Thorn's world - filled with fabulous characters - endearing Manzy, those crazy princesses, and my fav - secret agent, big squeeze, Kevin the 'ake!

The writing is vivid - you can 'see' every page of this story and that makes it so much fun.

I downloaded it for my 9 year old granddaughter but took a quick read myself and couldn't put it down.

What a great holiday gift if you're giving a kindle to a tween!
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Fiona Thorn is an orphaned girl with great knowledge of explosives, and she is on a quest to save her good friend, Jaydin. Jaydin is a fairy who is the watcher of Tree and dreams of traveling the world with Fiona. When Jaydin is wrongly put into a prison, Fiona must figure out a way to get him out, without dooming them both. She soon finds herself meeting three princesses and, though she does not wish it, she quickly becomes best friends with the girls and soon they find themselves on a most incredible journey.
These characters were so easy to get to know. The book is easy to read and fun. It was exciting to follow along with the characters and see what follies they would have or make a mess of. The story is adventurous, fun and sometimes funny with wonderful characters and strong friendships that feel like home. I'm not the fantasy, fairytale type, but this was a Good book. Anyone would love to read this. I give 5-spiders easily

T Lane
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