Synopses & Reviews
Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on the streets of Victorian England by selling watercress. One early winter morning on her way to buy supplies, she encounters a piskie--a small but very sarcastic fey creature that has been cornered by a group of the Black Sidhe, piskies from an opposing clan. She rescues him and unknowingly becomes involved in a war between the Seelie and the Unseelie, two opposing factions of fairies that have been battling each other throughout the long centuries of human history, with London--and England itself--as the ultimate prize.
When the Invisible Order--a centuries-old secret society of humans that has protected mankind from the fey's interference--gets involved, things really start to get complicated.
Now she is the central figure in this ancient war that could permanently change Earth. With no one to trust, Emily must rely on her own instincts and guile to make the right choices that could save her family and all of mankind.
"Eventful without being action-packed, fully realized without being vivid, Crilley's Victorian fantasy reads like an athlete's qualifying round: one gets the sense he's holding back. Emily Snow is 12 years old and the sole support for her brother, William, since their parents disappeared. Sober and practical, Emily is an unlikely witness for a piskie (aka pixie) battle in a London alley, much less the rescuer of one small casualty. Her kindness pitches her into the intrigues between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts and their mutual hatred of the Invisible Order, a secret society of humans founded to hold back the incursion of faeries into the human world. Rational Emily is ill-equipped to negotiate this complex brew of motives and machinations--but when it comes to getting things done, there's never a doubt that she's a match for the grownups. An edge of uncertainty, though, would give the narrative that bit of emotional engagement it lacks. The planned second volume in the Invisible Order series puts Emily in a world very unlike the London she knows, which could provide the extra spark her adventures need. Ages 10 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
After saving a piskie's life, twelve-year-old Emily Snow finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old war between rival fairy factions and a secret society named The Invisible Order.
About the Author
Paul Crilley has several books out from Wizards of the Coast/Mirrorstone, including Night of the Long Shadows, Book 1 of the Abraxis Wren Chronicles, which recently won the SCRIBE award for best gaming-related original novel, and its two sequels (due out in 2009 and 2010). His work has been featured in over a dozen anthologies. He is Scottish and currently lives in South Africa. You can visit him at www.paulcrilley.com.