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Retro Review: Princess Betony and the Unicorn (2012)

Pamela Freeman and Tasmin Ainslie (ill.)

Walker Books (2012)

ISBN: 978-1-921720-23-9

Beautiful illustrations and lovely packaging make this little hardcover a gorgeous gift option for the young reader. A sweet but not twee story about a princess whose mother is a dryad from the Wild Wood, but now lives in a kingdom where magic, particularly wild magic, is not accepted. When the queen disappears, Princess Betony must venture into the forbidden forests to rescue her mother by catching the unicorn – but catching the unicorn requires more of a test of courage than Betony can possibly expect…

A polished piece of writing, as you would expect from award-winning author Pamela Freeman, complemented by the wonderful illustrations from Tasmin Ainslie, this story is not completely what you might expect. Although I was a little disappointed by the sudden ending, I look forward to seeing what comes next in the series.

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Retro Review: Museum of Thieves (2010)

Lian Tanner

The Keepers, book 1

Allen & Unwin (2010)

ISBN: 978-1-74237-157-3

Welcome to the city of Jewel, where children are coddled and overprotected to the point of effective imprisonment. In a place where this has happened for decades, impatience and boldness are considered very wrong, and adults are almost entirely weak and ineffectual. Goldie Roth finds herself in a highly unusual situation when the ruler of the city, the Protector, tries to loosen the ties on the young by releasing them early from the guardchains of childhood, only to have an explosion suddenly destroy the fragile steps she had begun to take. The Fugleman, the city’s spiritual guide and leader of the Blessed Guardians – who ensure the safety of children (whether they need taking care of or not) – has his own agenda, one that is not at all on the same wavelength as the Protector’s. Continue reading

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Retro Review: The Wildkin’s Curse (2010)

Kate Forsyth

Pan (2010)

ISBN: 978-0-33042605-3

The Starkin Crown #2

 

Zed is a starkin lord, heir to the Castle of Estelliana. Merry is of hearthkin heritage, son of a rebel leader with more to his history than he knows. Liliana is wilkin, just coming into her uncanny magical powers. Thrown together by destiny, the three are fated to journey together to try to rescue a wildkin princess from her lifelong imprisonment by the starkin king. But are their fates truly what they think they are? Can prophecies really come true or be thwarted by human intervention? Continue reading

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