Series: Thirteen Treasures #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 12th 2010
Number of Pages: 368
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Tanya is no ordinary girl...
She can see fairies. But not the fairies we imagine. Evil fairies who cast spells on her, rousing her from her sleep and propelling her out of bed. At wit's end with her daughter's unusual behavior, Tanay's mother sends her to Elvesden Manor, her grandmother's secluded countryside estate. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods surrounding the mansion, and as Tanya learns more about the mystery, she finds herself dangerously close to vanishing into the fairy realm forever.
Adventure, mystery, magic and intrigue. There’s a new twist in almost every chapter it seems. And quite a few of them were surprises to me. The history of how the fae Court became Seelie and Unseelie made sense, though I did think it would have been the other way around.
There was also a lot of lore about protecting yourself from the fae, like wearing red, turning your clothes inside out, and carrying iron in your pocket. All the little things scattered throughout the book about various types of fae were well-researched and written.
It did seem a bit silly that Tanya would keep writing about the fae when they punished her so horribly for doing so. She’s twelve, so quite old enough to have learned not to do things they didn’t wish her to do since she says at one point that they’d been around all her life. The tricks and punishments for wrong doing were entertaining, and also fit in with the lore I’ve read in other places over the years.
Tanya and Fabian were well-written. They behaved like typical 12-year-olds, Fabian was into finding out how things worked. He also liked to spy on people, and explore places he wasn’t supposed to be in. When you first meet him, you expect him to be an annoying brat from the way Tanya talks about him. And he is a bit, but as the story goes on, I started quite liking him as a character. Tanya was full of interesting quirks as well. Stubborn and determined, she was also loyal and brave.
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I have already picked up the 2nd one and will be buying the trilogy for my niece for her birthday. If you like adventure and mystery with your magic, and like reading about the fae, this book is definitely for you.