Monday, December 30, 2013

The Invisible Order Book One- Rise of the Darklings by Paul Crilley

For middle grade Monday I am following up last Monday's post with a review of the book, The Invisible Order- Rise of the Darklings by Paul Crilley.

The Story- 
Emily Snow is the soul provider for herself and her little brother William. They live in Victorian London where Emily sells watercress for pennies. One morning she turns down a dark alley and witnesses a battle between two different faerie factions. Now that she's seen them, there is no turning back.

Emily is thrown into a war that has waged for centuries. On one hand is the King of the Faerie, Dagda, on the other is the Queen, and right in the middle is the Invisible Order, a group of men and women sworn to stop Faeries from taking over the world.

The problem is that Emily doesn't know who is telling her the truth, and when she discovers she is the only one that can re-open the gates to faerie, who will she give the key too.

My Thoughts-
This is a really fun book that younger readers will enjoy. Emily is a spunky character who misses her parents and fights to keep herself and her brother together. She  is brave and follows through with what she knows is right.

The funnest element in the story is that people seem to recognize Emily, people she's never met, and they believe she is the key in both the past and the present to the Faerie kingdom.

I also like the main side character, Spring-Heeled Jack, a pick-pocket that remains at Emily's side despite the odds. He is a cool character that has inside knowledge of the streets of London and is able to get Emily into and out of places.

The ending is great, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. 4 Stars.

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