Monday, June 2, 2014

The Feral Child by Che Golden

The Feral Child

The Feral Child by Che Golden is an inventive twist on fairy tales.  Maddy is an orphan living with her grandparents in Ireland.  Dealing with the recent death of her parents, uprooting from London, and having her cousins and aunts make her feel un-welcomed are not the only issues that Maddy has to deal with; on top of everything else she is dealing with fairies.  After a night excursion in an abandoned castle Maddy encounters a fairy that steals children and replaces them with changelings.  She could have pretended that those stores about fairies her grandfather tells her are made; she could have just let it go, but not when the child that is stolen is none other than her next door neighbor Stephen.  Now Maddy is determined to go into the fairy world and rescue Stephen before it is too late.

I really liked how quickly the story developed and carried on.  There was never a dull moment and the imagery was very vivid.  The only complaint is that the series doesn't seem to have any continuity, I don’t know if it is because it was first published in the UK.  I hope this will be fixed in the US.

4 out of 5 stars!  Thanks Edelweiss.  

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