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The Wild Folk

The Wild Folk

Sylvia V. Linsteadt
Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781474934985

Farallone is in danger. A greedy city has over-reached itself and the precariously balanced world of human, plant, animal and sky is at risk. In a world where Stargold is a precious commodity, bargained for and sought after, the rapacious Brothers of the city of New Albion are desperate to uncover more and enrich their world at whatever cost to the others.

In the country and in Olima, where the Wild Folk dwell, there is a sense that the balance has been distorted and that terrible danger is heading their way. Two unwitting young children, country girl, Comfrey, and city boy, Tin, and two leverets sent to guide them, suddenly find themselves central to Farallone's survival.

This is an epic fantasy novel. There are so many wonderful characters and a real sense of wilderness and the natural world. There's also a very strong message about working in harmony and the dangers of segregating communities and the distrust it breeds.

I loved the mesh of the natural and mechanical worlds and the lurking dangers that make this book a slightly darker read than the cover might suggest. Really engaging fantasy fiction and perfect for those who have enjoyed Mira Bartok's The Wonderling or Abi Elphinstone's books.

411 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian.


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