"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 heroine.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted June 15, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 18, 2007
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.