Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review : Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley

Book Details:
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (August 25, 2009)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • ISBN-10: 1606840118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840115


Orphaned fairy Zaria Tourmaline suffers from having a mind of her own. Although she tries to be a good fairy, her quest to find out what really killed her parents leads her to break the laws of Feyland again and again, putting herself and her friends into the path of perils she didn’t even know existed.

This story is about the journey of a fairy named Zaria who lost both her parents and her brother when she was young. Zaria is a violet fairy, and she possesses ten million radia (inborn reserves of magic). She is a brave, clever and humble fairy. Her best friends Leona, Meteor and Andalonus are willing to help her when she is in trouble or is facing difficulties. This shows the unfailing help and support between friends.

Zaria helps a human, Sam to locate his father, and help him regain his memory. Even though she does not have a family who will always care for her, she stills helps Sam and be happy for him. She is such a kind and helpful girl, and I really hope she can reunite with her family.

Lily Morganite, the Forcier of Feyland (tax/radia collector) is one of the members of the High Council. She seems to be connected to the disappearance of Zaria’s family members and later the death of Beryl, but none is revealed in the end. Later on, she goes missing and her whereabouts are unknown. In Fey World, corruptions do happen, and diabolical faeries and smugglers do exist. However, using the characters of Zaria and her friends, the author tells us that in the end, the good will triumph over evil.

Victoria Hanley has created a fascinating world full of faeries, genies, gnomes and trolls which will make young readers squeal with delight! This novel shows us the power of friendship, the importance of trust and love between family members and/or a child and her guardian, and the joy one will find in helping others. This book is recommended to ages 10-14, but if you are an adult who enjoys fairy tales with lots of adventures, you can try reading it too. Violet Wings has a lot of moral values which will encourage the moral and educational developments of children.

Favourite line:
Remember, my darling Zaria, that love does not disappear with time. My love, and your father’s, and your brother’s, will be with you always. (pg 353)

Rating : 9/10

Victoria kindly sent me a signed hardcover copy of Violet Wings to review. Thank you, Victoria!

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