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13 Secrets (13 Treasures Trilogy, 3) Hardcover – 12 June 2012
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (12 June 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316185639
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316185639
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Item Weight : 490 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 4.45 x 20.32 cm
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lead a pretty dull adult life and sometimes its nice to be able to escape into a magical story filled with
magical characters. I have decided (though I realise it is not possible) that I want my very own Brunswick
living in my garden!
The 13 series kind of reminds me of the magic faraway tree stories by Enid Blyton that I read over and over
again when I was kid, books I still own and read from time to time. (R J Andersons series is similar and
I love them just as much) I love all the characters so much, especially Tanya as she's the heroine and I
can sympathise so much with things she's experienced (not the being able to see faeries part I'd like to add)
but divorce and split families and secrets. I loved witnessing her grow and accept her abilities and responsibilities
throughout the 3 books, she really is a wonderful character and it is such a shame that this is the last we shall
hear about her.
I really don't like to say too much about plot in a review, otherwise whats the point in someone reading the book?
But I will say that the final battle that Tanya, her friends both human and fey and her family face is immense.
It far exceeded my expectations for this book. It really has matured as a series and I felt that the final
instalment really did it justice. I was not at all disappointed, and as sad as I am that the series is finished
I am sure I will read the books time and again and I eagerly await Michelle Harrisons next work.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot but suffice to say that you are in for a real treat. Rowan (Red) is living at Elvesden Manor and she is doing her utmost to lead a "normal" life with Tanya, Fabian and co. Of course "normality" is off the menu when you live in a fairy-infested house, fairies in the grandfather clock, a tea caddy brownie in the kitchen complete with walking stick and a drain dweller in the bathrooom whose belches smell like rotten eggs. However, Rowan is haunted by nightmares from the past and it would appear that everyone, human and fairy alike, is harbouring some sort of secret, some of which have dreadful consequences.
This is an even darker tale than the preceding novels, perhaps due to the increasing maturity of the characters who have already experienced the dark and light side of faeries. We have already seen the malevolence of the Unseelie Court, the random removal of human children replaced by changelings, the vindictive nature of Tanya's faerie guardian but things take an even more sinister turn in this volume with the battle between good and evil becoming a fight between life and death. Some scenes are reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, especially the battle between Aslan's followers and those of the White Witch - stirring stuff which doesn't pander to those of an overly sensitive nature so expect tears amidst the smiles and rejoicing!
So, the feeling of dread has vanished but there is still some residual sadness that the 13 series is over. At least I will have the pleasure some day of reading the trilogy aloud to my daughter (who, at 7, is still at the Tinkerbell stage..) I highly recommend this whole series to children of all ages (9-99) who believe in some sort of magic and who don't automatically attribute those odd noises in the bathroom to faulty plumbing!