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Tanya can see fairies - except they're not the kind that we usually admire in typical children's stories of today. These fairies are the original trickster kind and they hate that Tanya has the second sight, so they cause havoc in her life, causing her to live with her grandmother at Elvesden Manor. More events happen and Tanya is embroiled in a mystery of a disappearance years before and there are fairytale creatures galore.
Oh how I loved this and how I wish I read it sooner (and I don't know why I didn't). 'A Pinch of Magic' is one of my all-time favourite children's books so it was quite a trip to read Harrison's debut, 'The Thirteen Treasures'. I love that we have the hallmark Harrison traits - the creepy atmosphere, the superb writing that knows how to execute tension and suspense, and there are quite a few twists along the way!
Tanya is a likeable protagonist and it's hard not to feel for her. I love how smart she becomes over the novel, learning how to outsmart goblins and converse with fairies. Harrison's spin on these creatures is Grimm-esque and it helps build a gorgeous world in 'Thirteen Treasures'. The changeling aspect of this novel is also well-done and only adds to the intrigue - and oh, this series can go in a million places and I cannot, cannot, cannot WAIT to discover more of the magic.
Diving back to Harrison's debut only solidifies her stance as one of my favourite children's authors of all-time.
I am reading this book for the second time - this time to my second daughter, aged 9. She loves it and so do I - and I'm a 55-year-old dad, possibly not the kind of reader Michelle Harrison intended the book for. The plotline you can get from other reviews, but I just wanted to say it's an extremely well crafted book, with cliff hangers and twists and turns that make it very difficult for me to stop reading to my daughter, who insists I carry on once I get to the end of a chapter. It can get a bit scary for a 9-year-old (but in a Doctor-Who-hide-behind-the-cushion kind of way), so I'm now reading it to her in the morning before she goes to school rather than in the evening before she goes to bed. But my first daughter is less easily frightened and it was never a problem for her at that age. She went on to read the next two books in the series on her own (always a good sign) but I think I'll be reading them aloud to my younger daughter. And I'm looking forward to that just as much as she is. A great read, and one which the publishers should make an audiobook of - it would work really well.
PS We've just finished it and my daughter has pulled the second book in the series off the shelf and begged me to read it to her because she is desperate to find out what happens next and she wants 'to share it with' me. Great stuff.
I was a bit unsure about reading this one, as it seemed so different from the Widdershins books. But I needn’t have worried. It may be different but it’s equally brilliant. Beautifully crafted, with exquisite details, fascinating faerie lore and an enthralling storyline, this is classic Michelle Harrison. Thoroughly recommended for children and adults alike.
A chance buy in a charity shop (apologies Amazon) for my 10year old g/daughter and she loved it.Gave it to me with a "read it grandma - you will love it also" - and I did. I have now bought her 3 others for her 11th birthday. will get to read them when she is finished. She can remember the story/characters - as can I - so we get to discuss the books. Some readers do not absorb the books contents.and forget as soon as read. Highly recommend.
After reading a Pinch of Magic I looked up to see what other books Michelle Harrison has written and came across this beauty. It’s the first book of a trilogy which involves a young girl who can see fairies, who are very naughty and cause a lot of trouble. It’s a definite must buy book.