"For fans of the Harry Potter crowd"
In Breakwater, California, thirteen year old Alison "Ali"
Warner knows her protesting the cutting down of trees
means nothing to the lumber industry, but feels she must
do so anyway. After Ali buys a sub to take with her on
her trek up the mountainside, three foot Paddy O'Connell
accosts her trying to sell her all sorts of items that he
obviously has no idea what they do. She says no, but
gives him her sandwich only to realize later that he
picked her pocket stealing her money.
On the mountain, monsters attack Ali, who finds shelter
only to have cave-in trap her. She barely escapes, but
soon learns why she has become the focus of weird beings
who want her dead. Ali has learned her heritage from her
deceased mother is that she is a fairy princess whose two
worlds are in peril from dwarves and elves. Besides that
threat, if she wants to gain her fairy powers, which she
needs to survive, she must pass the tests of seven deadly
challenges and meet head-on the Kings of the Dwarves and
This engaging coming of age fantasy is targeted towards
the Harry Potter crowd. Ali is a delightful protagonist
who feels obligated to help improve life around her so
makes the ideal teen to take on the mantle of saving two
realms. The mythological races seem genuine whether they
rally around their champion heroine or try to kill her as
an enemy threat to invasion plans. Though the tale slows
down in between major events (feels padded perhaps to have
enough pages for the advertised older crowd), young
readers will enjoy the antics of the younger Buffy-like
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2004
Every young girl dreams that she's secretly a princess of
far-off land and that someday her true parents will come
claim her and usher her into a life of luxury, an fabulous
existence where she might even have magical powers and be
swept off her feet by a handsome prince.
Teenager Ali Warner has reason to cling to such a fantasy.
Her mother died in a car accident a year ago. Her father,
trucker determined to work through his grief, hasn't
acknowledged Ali's burgeoning figure or complicated
emotions. Her friends still aren't sure how to talk about
her mother's death. And the Southern California forest
has always been Ali's refuge is about to be ravaged by
Ali is about to discover that she is a princess-a fairy
princess. And that she has to save the world. For real.
To claim her fairy powers, Ali must overcome seven
potentially lethal challenges. Then she must scale a
mountain and confront the King of the Dwarves and the King
of the Elves, whose armies are poised to invade Earth.
With her bemused 21st century friends, a sly leprechaun,
and an extremely loyal, extremely ugly, troll by her side,
Ali begins the most momentous journey of her young life, a
journey during which she will learn much about herself and
the past she thought she knew. She will conquer fire and
water, earth and air, and even time itself. She will be
both betrayer and betrayed, will see death close at hand,
and will snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Ali Warner is Alosha. Welcome to her world.