The Faerie Door

The Faerie Door

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Long ago the Faerie Queen created portals between our world and hers, so that children could summon help from faeries whenever the need arose. But a wicked entity called the Shadow Knight is endeavouring to control the doors between the two worlds, and only evil can get through. It falls to two imaginative eleven-year-olds Victoria Deveny, from 1890 Britain, and Elliot Good, from 1966 America - to thwart his plan.The Faerie Queen dispatches the youths on separate quests to retrieve orbs of power that will ultimately defeat the Shadow Knight. Their bravery and friendship are tested as the children travel to fantastic realms and face life threatening dangers - from dragons to flying pirate ships to a wicked sorceress queen - before they're reunited to confront the dreaded Shadow Knight.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 34.04mm | 607.81g
  • United States
  • English
  • Library.
  • 0152063455
  • 9780152063450
  • 1,442,487

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"An imaginative, edgy fantasy for younger readers. . . . A very enjoyable novel about time travel, magic, and faith in family and friends. Feisty Victoria and humble Elliott will resonate with readers, and Maxwell's powerfully descriptive writing style is a treat."--VOYA, 4Q

-- (12/01/2008) "Victoria and Elliot are appealing, well-drawn characters, and many of the terrors they face on their separate journeys are imaginative."-- Booklist

-- (11/15/2008) "This intricately plotted fantasy has its roots in the conventions of fantasy writing for children. . . . Give this to fans of Janet Taylor Lisle, J.K. Rowling and Franny Billingsley, or use it as an introduction to the classics of the genre." -Kirkus Reviews (9/15/08)-- (09/15/2008) "The Faerie Door is a little bit Narnia, a little bit Lord of the Rings and altogether charming."--Sacramento Book Review
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About B.E. Maxwell

B. E. MAXWELL is captivated by British fantasy literature of the nineteenth century, as well as by the work of Victorian artists such as Arthur Rackham and Cicely Mary Barker. These influences inspired him to tell his daughter and his niece the story that would become The Faerie Door, his first novel for young readers.
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272 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 25% (69)
4 27% (74)
3 29% (80)
2 11% (30)
1 7% (19)

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Victoria Deveny is a young girl living in England in 1890. Elliot Good is a boy living in New Hampshire in 1966. Even though this pair is living decades apart, they share a love for all things faerie. The two read faerie stories and each one wishes to someday visit the faerie queen. When Victoria discovers a secret passageway, she stumbles upon a magical ring and a portal into another time. At the same time, Elliot Good is finding another ring just like Victoria's. The two meet when Victoria crosses time and ends up near Elliot's house. The pair discover that although they have uncovered magic, there is something dark after them. They are soon being perused by the Shadow Knight and, in order to escape, they unlock another portal, this time into the land of faerie. The Faerie Queen tells Victoria and Elliot that they are to embark on quests in order to stop the Shadow Knight and the evil queen he works for from gaining power. Both children must each retrieve a powerful magical orb; Elliot the orb of fire and Victoria the orb of ice. Each child must travel alone to various worlds and face dangers of all sorts. Filled with wicked queens, good and evil magic, dragons, werewolf knights and, of course, faeries, THE FAERIE DOOR is a fantasy novel for all ages. Each chapter in told in an alternating view which helps keep the story moving. There are also plenty of scary moments that will have readers quickly turning pages. The author is very descriptive and the various worlds that Elliot and Victoria encounter are imaginative and full of magic. Although the novel is fairly long, with over 400 pages, readers who stick with it will be more
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