An unusually vivid dream or a wild hallucination brought on by a severe head injury – those are the only explanations 15-year-old Adaira Linton can come up with to make sense of her current situation. Moments ago, she was enjoying a day-hike in the woods outside of her small town when she saw something that made her question her own reality. A translucent wall of reflective shimmers consumed every inch of forest in front of her. A normal person would have had the sense to turn away and run as fast as they could in the opposite direction, but Adaira couldn't resist the temptation to walk straight through the tangible aura. And now there she was – shaking in terror on the forest floor – her body completely transformed into that of a tiny faerie creature.
“You will someday find that life is all-encompassing, greater than what you could ever imagine it to be,” the words of her mother, who was killed eleven years ago, resonate in Adaira’s head as she lingers in the midst of the eerily quiet forest. When she spots a lone faerie woman passing by overhead, Adaira is convinced that she is dreaming. The strange creature is shocked to learn that Adaira has never heard of the faerie world before and explains to her that she has just crossed into the Isarian Province – one of hundreds of hidden faerie realms around the world.
When she realizes that Adaira is a faerie native to a different province, the faerie woman hides her deep in the woods, far away from the evil Isarian king who executes foreign faeries found inside his province. But it isn’t long before the royal guard captures Adaira and soon afterward, the king realizes that she is not just any foreign faerie, but a royal faerie belonging to an enemy province. He seizes the opportunity to blackmail Adaira’s native province with her life, and she quickly becomes a pawn in the king’s plot to evoke an interprovincial war.
Fairytale is a novel that casts a young girl into a hidden realm that is as enchanting as it is dangerous. As she explores this new world, Adaira develops friendships and even falls in love, but also discovers that she is caught up in a web of deceit that forces her to plan an escape and search for her native province. At first her mission seems impossible, but with the help of her new friends, Adaira finds that she has powers within herself that she never even imagined. This extraordinary adventure leads her deep into the mystery of her own faerie heritage, and Adaira ultimately uncovers a world of secrets whispering from beyond her mother’s grave.
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Published June 6, 2011
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction.