Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Review: The Thirteen Curses by Michelle Harrison

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Format: Paperback
Released: January 7th, 2010
Grade rating: A

Amazon summary:

The Thirteen Treasures have become the Thirteen Curses. When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back. Now trapped in the fairy realm, she begs an audience with the fairy court where she strikes a bargain. Her brother will be returned - but only if she can find the thirteen charms of Tanya's bracelet that have been scattered in the human world. Returning to Elvesden Manor, Red is assisted by Tanya and Fabian and a desperate hunt begins. Soon they make a shocking discovery. The charms now have twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent...and the longer they are missing the worse the consequences will be. Can Red, Tanya and Fabian find all the charms? And even if they do, will the fairies keep their promise?


Fairies! Goblins! Witches! Welcome to The Thirteen Curses.

After reading Michelle Harrison's fantastic debut novel The Thirteen Treasures, I was so excited to get stuck into The Thirteen Curses. Having now read both books, I'd go so far as to say that Harrison is up there with my favourite UK authors, and is now in the good company of Marcus Sedgwick, Sarra Manning and Lucy Christopher. Seriously, she's that good.

The Thirteen Curses is so hard to put down it's almost impossible, and aside from some convenient plotting and the occasional clunky chapter, I have no qualms with it at all. I could never fault the brilliant writing, imagination or magic of the fey characters, and it's quite clear why these books are held in such high regard.

Without spoiling anything about the previous book, The Thirteen Curses picks up almost exactly where it left off, and takes you on an enchanting adventure through fairie realms, scary forests and history itself. All your favourite characters, both human and fairie, come back for more, and there are even a few new creatures for you to meet. Red and Tanya share MC duties, with Warwick and Fabian having more to do and less of a sidekick role.

When I'd finished the first book in the series, Brunswick the goblin was my favourite character. Now, the little tea caddy brownie is my number one dude. He can brandish his walking stick like it's a required skill among the little people, and he just sounds so cute and grumpy. I want one!

I don't know what else to say other than that you need to read these books. They're the most enjoyment I've had in a long time, and are just a great escape from everything going on around you. Hats off to you, Michelle Harrison. You rock.


Luisa at Chicklish said...

I love your review! It's so full of enthusiasm and makes me want to pick up the book right this second! I'm really glad you enjoyed it as much as the first one.

LovesSam said...

I love this review!! I really need to pick up the first book in this series, as well as this one! you make it sounds so so awesome, rock on Jenny!

Cat said...

I just finished this last night! I stayed up way too late just to finish it,too because I refused to have to put it down once more (all this work and sleeping cut into my reading time).

I loved it. The last 1/3 of the book just swooped me away in action and I HAD to get to the end to figure out what was going to happen!!

I loved learning more about Red in this book, although I did miss Brunswick. ;) I should have my review up by the weekend - AND another interview with Michelle!!

caitieflum said...

What a great review - I am so disappointed that my library doens't have either of these!

Becky said...

I shall have to read these if you rate Michelle Harrison so highly. I've ordered the first book for the library. Yay!

Lauren said...

Glad to hear you liked this one too, and I have to agree with you on the tea caddy brownie. Your review is brilliant - I hope everyone who reads it rushes out to get hold of the books.

Richard Hanks said...

I've been meaning to check out Thirteen Treasures ever since it won the Waterstone's children's book prize last year. Now there are two I need to track down!

Ryan Woods said...

Sounds brilliant. I still can't believe I haven't gotten myself a copy of this yet, especaially after my love for The 13 Treasures! Great review. :)

Kate said...

I have to read this. I loved the "The Thirteen Treasures". I was extremely excited when she did a talk at my local library a while back :)