Now available in paperback with gorgeous new cover art!A captivating story of courage and strength against terrible odds, this is the story of Midge, left to stay with her eccentric uncle during the holidays, and her adventures with the Various, a band of fairies. The existence of the Various,... show more
Now available in paperback with gorgeous new cover art!A captivating story of courage and strength against terrible odds, this is the story of Midge, left to stay with her eccentric uncle during the holidays, and her adventures with the Various, a band of fairies. The existence of the Various, who are strange, wild, and sometimes even deadly, has been kept secret since the beginning of time, but when their world begins to clash with the human world, they are threatened with extinction. This wonderfully imaginative story of love and loyalty is the first in a powerful trilogy. VOYA says of The Various: “A marvelous blend of oldfashioned storytelling, the book has a freshness and immediacy that will intrigue fantasy lovers of all ages.” “A rousing addition to the durable genre of British fairy lit.”—New York Times“Augarde unfolds the events gradually, allowing readers to luxuriate in the near-idyllic setting he has created and beckoning them back for future installments.”—Publishers Weekly
Publish date: November 8th 2005
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Touchstone Trilogy (#1)
I picked this up because I liked the cover and title. Having finished the book, I suspect both were marketing gimmicks to make the books seem more intriguing. Not that it sucked or anything, but it wasn't novel or mysterious the way I had been hoping. A pretty standard kid-staying-at-old-family-home...
When Midge declared herself the Mistress, I was well and truly hooked. I dearly love her thinking things through at the Summer Palace.***Suffers from the common "characters are male unless they need to be female for plot purposes" problem, but a great story nonetheless. I look forward to the further...
Augarde has created a complex, multifaceted society among the various small folk inhabiting the forests of England, who are discovered by a young girl forced to spend time on her uncle's farm. Love the cover art!