A young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside her in this epic coming-of-age fairy tale from the highly acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy.
Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule - but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her - even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.
The acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.
©2016 Kelly Barnhill (P)2016 Recorded Books
Fyrian, the tiny dragon, because the narrator does such a fine job of creating his voice. But all of the characters are wonderful.
She excells at capturing the different characters. I particularly enjoyed her hilarious portrayal of Fyrian, the dragon small enough to fit into Luna's pocket.
I am 75 years old and a retired college English professor. This book is intended for middle school readers, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narration is first rate and the story is filled with mythic themes.
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I began the book as a hardcover, but became too busy to finish it. I thank the stars and the moon that I ended up finishing it on audio. The narrator was AMAZING! A tale to be shared with your children or alone in your car. The wonder, imaginative folktale, and surprise culmination of the several storylines will leave you bewitched!
I listened to this on Audible and loved it! A cleverly written novel that enchanted me from the very beginning. This fantasy is the story of love helping overcome miscommunication. If you enjoyed Harry Potter, put this on your must read list!
This was an absolutely fantastic book! I thoroughly enjoyed it cover to cover! The narration was phenomenal! She did all the voices so beautifully it really brought the book to life. I highly recommend this book!
I didn't know it at the time when I started this book that it would actually help me with the grief and the loss of my own mother it seems like a normal cute fairy story at the time but it became so much more
At first, I was charmed. I admire the world, the premise, and the backstories behind these characters. However, only a few chapters in I came to realize that's all it was: backstory. Very little actually happens in the book itself, and the overall arc is more of a slight walk uphill. I never once felt excited. There was so much potential in the world-building itself, that I listened to the full thing in hopes of a worthwhile climax, but I should have trusted my instinct. The execution was fundamentally flawed. I ultimately left the book feeling disappointed.
There were no mysteries, no questions, no puzzles I wanted solved by the end of the story. All information was given up front in a chronological sequence of events. I knew things as they happened and wondered nothing.
In a better construction, we should have unfolded all these things in Luna's shoes, in flashbacks or discoveries she made, establishing her as a solid lead. This is not the case. Though I feel Luna was intended to be the main character, she doesn't even lead the plot until the tail end. It felt scattered. Everyone was a main character, and therefore no one was.
There was little conflict. I would have loved to jump ahead through 3/4 of the book to the point that Luna comes of age, and find this information alongside her. Sadly, it is like reading a biography in a fantasy setting. It's only slightly less boring than daily life.
The dialogue was unnatural and a little melodramatic. I can't imagine anyone speaking like the people in this book, and they all spoke the same. And while I appreciate Barnhill's flowery prose, it was at times laborious, and often interfered with the impact of certain events.
The most adorable tiny dragon voice that could possibly be imagined.
Other than that, I felt her performance helped to alleviate some of the unnatural dialogue and add personality that might not have been there otherwise.
A follow-up might be more exciting, considering this book read like a precursor to a more eventful story.
Overall, the story was very shallow, in terms of characters, arc, and dialogue. Its potential was there, but the execution left it unfortunately dull. I would like to see this story revisited, as more of a journey of self-discovery alongside Luna and the tiny dragon, Fyrian. I would like to see it start with Xan's first encounters with Luna, then jump ahead to Luna at 13 years, trying to piece together the mysteries without Xan around to enlighten her. She could have gone on a journey looking for her grandmother, and we could tag along wondering why there's a woman in a tower, why children are left at the edge of the woods every year, why Luna draws the pictures she does, and most importantly why she is only now discovering magic. I see so much that could have been, and that's why I feel so disappointed.
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