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Trixter (The Trix Adventures) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 6, 2015
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"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher
"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex
"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!" --Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy
"Alethea Kontis, the woman who writes like Shakespeare would if he were alive today." --Aaron Pound
"The beauty of a princess, the confidence of a queen, the brilliance ofawriter, and the demeanor of a cheerful fairy comedian!" --Cheyenne Z.
"This was the story before all of the other stories, and it was the othertales that were changed over time." --Nerdophiles, on Enchanted
From the Author
"Trix's adventures started back in 2012--the fall after Enchanted's release. I had just turned in the first draft of Hero and was playing around with Trixter in the "free time" I had while I awaited that first painful round of revisions. Per my editor's request, the character of Trix had been almost completely written out of the novel. Not a small feat, when one considers that the whole impetus for Saturday's journey was chasing after Trix when he ran away from home...
I had an inkling of all the trouble Trix got himself into while Saturday was imprisoned in the White Mountains, but how was I supposed to tell that story? The Woodcutter Sisters books were meant to be just that: one book about each sister, leaving no room for Trix.
But...we love Trix!
In 2014, two fortuitous things happened: Harcourt decided not to extend a contract for more Woodcutter Sisters books, and my best friend Casey read that partial draft of Trixter.
The moment the publisher declined our pitch for books 4-7, I was released from my"option clause," meaning that I now had the freedom to do whatever I wanted with the series (including MAKING THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AS LONG AS I WANT). This is the point where most writers would give up on a world they've spent a lifetime creating and move onto other things.
Luckily for Woodcutter fans, I am not like most writers."
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Top Customer Reviews
This book begins just after Trix spells his family in Hero and goes out on his own to see his dead birth mother. This book or more like novella tells what adventures Trix was having during the events of Hero.
I was really excited to read this and was not disappointed. I wanted to know what kind of trouble Trix was getting up to during Hero. I didn't know much about Trix other then what I learned in Hero and Dearest from his sisters( I am reading book 1 Enchanted right now so I am seeing and learning more about Trix as he is closest to his sister Sunday the heroine of Enchanted). I really ended up loving Trix character. He is mischievous and a trouble maker but also is very compassionate and loyal. You can tell that Trix loves his family very much. I love how as things played out in the story Trix imagined what one of his sister would do in that situation. In this book Trix really learns to be his own person and be responsible. His siblings and animal friends(he can talk to animals which is an ability that I have always wanted)have always been there and gotten him out of trouble. He learns that he can survive himself and sometimes that you have too.
This book is very eventful. After Trix has somehow gotten himself out of one scrap he stumbles into another. Kontis has packed so much action and adventure in to so few pages. From curses, to golden apples, to giant animals there is never a dull moment and this book has something for everyone who loves magic and fairy tales. I am so excited for book 2 which comes out March 28. I highly recommend Trixter but recommend you read the Woodcutter Sister' series first. You will not be disappointed in this charming tales.
Rating: 4 out 5
Content Rating: PG
Since other reviewers have summarized the book so well, I will try to briefly capture what I love most about this novella. In the Woodcutter series, Kontis has created a magical world the likes of which is far too uncommon in contemporary fiction. In contrast to many "fantasy" novels that are really just mysteries or romances with magic placed atop them like little more than a new technology, Kontis embodies the true spirit of *fairy tales*. She crafts a world that doesn't *have* magic--it *is* magic. In this way I believe she connects to the deep truths that fairy tales have always sought to teach us: the world is mysterious and dangerous, evil is real, and love is the best weapon with which to fight that evil.
The magic of the Woodcutters' world is not tame but, thankfully, neither are the Woodcutters.