When a freak storm uncovers the entrance to a mysterious underground chamber, Ivy and Martin expect to find treasure. But what they discover is even more valuable: a barrow full of sleeping spriggans, magically preserved for centuries. With the vengeful piskey queen Betony determined to capture Ivy and her followers, the secret hideaway could be key to both their peoples’ survival.
But the piskeys and spriggans are ancient enemies, and when Ivy tries to make peace her own followers threaten to turn against her. Plagued by treachery, betrayal and desertion on every side, Ivy must find a way to unite the magical folk of Cornwall–or doom herself, Martin and everyone she loves to death at Betony’s hand.
Yet without the legendary fire-wielding power that marks a true piskey queen, can Ivy convince her people to believe?
My thoughts: The story of Ivy continues in Torch that started in the previous two books (I would recommend reading the series in order, since they are not stand alone books). She really is put through the ringer as she seeks to do what is right and has grown up as the series progresses, having gone through some hard things. I enjoy the twists and turns that the story has taken. I also really appreciate that this is a YA series that is appropriate for middle school on up. I look forward to re-reading them with my daughter!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
About the Author
Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
More from R. J.
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Woven by Words, February 28
Through the Fire Blogs, March 1
Locks, Hooks and Books, March 2
Worthy2Read, March 2
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For the Love of Literature, March 4
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 4
Inklings and notions, March 5
For Him and My Family, March 6
The Book Chic Blog, March 6
deb’s Book Review, March 7
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Sara Jane Jacobs, March 8
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 9
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 10
Artistic Nobody, March 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 11
Blogging With Carol, March 12
Mia Reads, March 12
To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed bookplate, bookmarks, notecards, and a copy of either SWIFT, NOMAD or TORCH!! (winner’s choice)
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.