Synopses & Reviews
A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction
The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.
"Like the myriad tales and ballads that are her sources, fantasy author Long, in her first YA book, presents Faerie as a dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat. Caught in the chaos is 17-year-old Jenny, whose brother, Tom, was snatched by a tree-man seven years earlier. Seeking catharsis for her guilt, Jenny goes to the edge of the wood and hears the flute Tom always played. She plunges after it into a primeval world. Long's rich knowledge of folklore is the blessing and the curse of her plot: each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined, but there are too many characters, terrors to fear, and secrets to parse. Puck, the Wild Hunt, Redcaps, the greenman, the court of the Sidhe everything gets a turn. Individual episodes play out like the short tales from which they derive, but do not cohere to build steady narrative tension. Long is a solid writer, but when nearly every encounter ends in betrayal, it's difficult not to grow jaded by the parade of wonders. Ages 12 up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary and Media." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Entrapment in a faerie forest has never been so delectable...A worthy, memorable read (with movie potential)." Kirkus Reviews
"A dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat....Each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined." Publishers Weekly
"A heady atmosphere of folk tales, suspenseful terror, and passionate romance." VOYA
“Our must-read for the end of summer.” —HuffingtonPost.com
“A delicious and wonderfully romantic meld of several legends and fairy tales…” —Booklist, starred review
“Entrapment in a faerie forest has never been so delectable yet thorny…romantic yet sacrificial.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A heady atmosphere of folk tales, suspenseful terror, and passionate romance.” —VOYA
"Delicious and wonderfully romantic...Lyrical prose, along with highly imaginative and descriptive phrasing, makes the forest setting--and its creatures and people--immediately present and sparked with magic." Booklist (starred review)
"The immediate connection forged between Jenny and Jack will melt the hearts of romantic readers and have them rooting for the pair to overcome the impossible." School Library Journal
"If you only pick up one fey book this year, make it this one!" MundieMoms.com
"[The] malice that underlies the world's beauty plays out the title to the fullest and adds a substantial bit of true gruesomeness to what is already a suspenseful story." BCCB
A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin
Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?
About the Author
Nancy Werlin was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA and now lives near Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale.
Since then, she has worked as a technical writer and editor for several computer software and Internet companies, while also writing fiction. She is a National Book Award finalist.