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Perfect mix of fairytale cadence and modern relevance

  • Mar 22, 2012

Neverdark by C.S. Enfield is fun! A modern-day fairytale, set in a wonderful old Oak tree in a failing forest, it combines today’s issues with yesterday’s fluid wonder. The story begs to be read aloud—the comforting cadences of childhood, the accents of Mexican crow and Scottish squirrel, the gently narrated comments like a parent telling a bedtime story. It’s not a short tale. It will keep kids and parents amused and intrigued for a week or maybe a month. It’s filled with memorable scenes to be recalled and retold. And, just like the best of fairytales, it has a moral or two, nicely low-key, naturally built into the telling.
There’s a sweet young fairy unfairly betrothed and fleeing to save the world. There’s the might of the industrial syrup machine. There are armies, soldiers, frightened refugees, false assumptions, honest friendships and more. And there’s Neverdark, which comes as the sort of pleasing surprise that makes a child clap her hands while night falls outside.
I really enjoyed this tale. The child in me loved it. The mother in me regretted my kids are too old for me to read to them. And I highly recommend it.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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March 22, 2012
The kids will appreciate the memorable scenes I am sure!
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Warning! This book contains (1) very kick-butt Faerie Princess, an Evil Dark Lord, a rhino-beetle named "Gor", Dragonfly Riders, Bat Brigades and an extremely adorable, fluffy, pet firefly with anger-management issues.

From the blurb:
The Faeries of Southnut are in big trouble. Lord Darkwater is up to no good.

The White Castle of Doru is under attack by the greatest army Princess Fiera's ever seen. Lord Darkwater is poised to crush her tiny kingdom unless the king gives her up to become his wife.

Well, fffungus! She's having none of that!

The race is on for Fiera to outwit Lord Darkwater's Dragonfly Riders, Bat Brigades, and even a giant, faerie - eating Spider to save herself and, before it's too late, her whole world.
As reviewed by HarperCollins:
NEVERDARK is a charming fairytale - adventure for children of all ages. It is a traditional tale, but it certainly doesn’t feel old-fashioned. This is in large part due to the vivacious writing and the very engaging authorial voice.
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ISBN-10: 3736868
ISBN-13: 978-1468058345
Genre: Childrens Books
Date Published: Dec. 9, 2011
Format: Paperback or Ebook
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