18 August 2009

The Secret of the Dread Forest; Gillian Summers

The Secret of the Dread Forest: The Faire Folk Trilogy The Secret of the Dread Forest: The Faire Folk Trilogy by Gillian Summers
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Whenever I get an already-published book in a series at ALA, I wonder why. An ARC to me says, "this book isn't catching on and we want to get the word out" but an already-published book being given away in stacks says "help!".

Not having read the first two books, I found the "previously" part of this one a little annoying. It clearly means to drive you to the others, without really helping clarify what happened if you don't have them lying around. Only by reading the entire book do you understand one of the events. My preference is for books to stand on their own as much as possible...

There's a part of me that loves the idea that there are elves and sprites and others that are protecting (and living in) our wild spaces. So a book that talks about that is wonderful. When Keelie starts learning elven lore, I was hoping for more than a few paragraphs. The bits of their history, lore and lives the dribble out are unsatisfactory in their brevity - perhaps the author isn't that imaginative? perhaps they're there to dress up the plot? In any case, the plot seems rushed, the filler is less than filling and I'm not buying the first two or reading the next series (clearly led up to and promoted in this book).

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