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The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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"It will hit big with its combination of earnestness and playful poise."―The New York Times Book Review
"I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in the Land of Stories series as it was as descriptive, fast paced and entertaining as ever."―The Guardian
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Like the first book in the series, The Enchantress Returns features twins Alex and Conner, who are drawn into the fairy tale world. The book contains many returning characters, along with some highly entertaining new ones. Readers will be familiar with many of the characters, who are taken from classic fairy tales, but Chris Colfer puts his own unique spin on each of them. He creates wonderful back-stories and weaves together the plots of seemingly disconnected fairy tales to create an entirely new fairly tale world based on all our old favorite stories. I especially liked his take on Rumpelstiltskin, who features prominently in the book.
The book is definitely appropriate for elementary school children, but it will also appeal to teens and adults of any age. I felt the first Land of Stories book sometimes struggled to find a balance between being linguistically easy enough for kids to read and understand and being sophisticated enough to attract older readers. The Enchantress Returns has no such issue. While the writing remains simple, it is also smooth and beautiful. The plot and the writing style will keep people reading.
I hope more books in this series are planned. After finishing The Enchantress Returns, I definitely want more!
If you are picky, as we are, regarding questionable content, then these passages should be considered. Otherwise, she loves the book so far.
About the story:
It's been a year since twins Alex and Conner Bailey were magically transported into the Land Of Stories and went on a quest to put together the Wishing Spell to find a way back to their own world. A year since they found out that they are children of both worlds, and that their grandmother is the one and only Fairy Godmother.
But adventure awaits the Bailey twins again when their mother is kidnapped and taken to the fairytale world by an evil enchantress who wants to rule over all the kingdoms - and more. Together they travel back to the Land Of Stories, where they soon find out that another quest is in order. Only this time, they're not alone! They are joined by an unlikely quartet, and together this group must find a number of hard-to-collect items in hopes of putting together the Wand of Wonderment - the one thing that might help them defeat the enchantress and save the world!
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the first book in the series, "The Wishing Spell", and thought it was good - but I also felt that it still left room for improvement (as is often the case with books by first time authors). Naturally I was excited for the sequel, "The Enchantress Returns", and the book did not disappoint! In fact, I have to admit I actually liked this one better than the first one ...Read more ›
Colfer is a master at lacing in well-known fairy tales into the story line. He's also great at developing personality for these characters. So there are new mysteries as well as old friends. There's good character development with a variety of people, and the humor is sharp.
Colfer also provides some very heartfelt moments. One of my favorite scenes is when the kids encounter Evly in the mirror. It was so well written. Colfer is excellent at developing emotionally-charged character moments. Its so easy to connect with his characters, including Rumpelstiltskin even though he's not in a lot of chapters. Somehow, Colfer gives small characters like this depth and makes them easy to root for.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter loved this book and is already on the third book of the series. She can't put them down!Published 17 days ago by Darcy
Reader thoughts: This book started better than the first, and so my expectations rose. I liked the characters and voice for about 1/4 of the book. Then they got irksome. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Denae C
I bought this book for my 10 year old grandson who loves to read. He is just as excited about this series as the School for Good and Evil.Published 21 days ago by psalms91
Omg, I found out soooo much about fairy tale history!!! My FBFFEA ( fairy best friends for ever after) play a game about this book I am technology Alex my older friend is regular... Read morePublished 28 days ago by kitten girl
My daughter is LOVING this series. She is 9 and has reading assignments for school (20 minutes a day). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronda M Ficklin
My daughter loves this series. Should have ordered the hardback but they are great engaging stories.Published 1 month ago by Melissa Gallegos