Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Review: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce
Released: October 25th, 2012
Now that the back story of Nicholas St. North has been told, and the mysteries of E. Aster Bunnymund have been revealed, it's only fair that our journey continue with one of the most riveting, mysterious heroes of all time: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies. Do you want in on a few of her secrets now? Well--she can turn herself into a multitude of selves, all depending on nightly teeth-placed-under-pillows rates. And her diminutive size is not at all indicative of how fierce a warrior she can be. Be forewarned: if you get in between her and a tooth-covering pillow, there'll be Spell to pay.
I've now finished the three Guardians of Childhood novels available so far, and Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies is possibly my favourite so far! I love how each book in the series continues the ongoing story of the residents of Santoff Claussen and their fight against Pitch the Nightmare King, while at the same time introducing new characters to help them. Toothiana is this third book's new character, she she might just be the best so far (I'm sure that will change when I get to see The Sandman, though!). Toothiana is a warrior fairy with swords and wings, and she can hold her own just as well as North or Bunnymund.
Toothiana also has a really interesting backstory that is told in great depth and detail by Mr. Qwerty the glowworm. It explains lots of questions I had like how she first got into collecting teeth and just how she managed to create smaller versions of herself to assist with the job. All these and more questions are answered throughout the book, leaving no stone unturned. Until you get to the end, that is, where you'll be met with a huge cliffhanger. Nooooo!
All the regular players I've come to like are in this book, including Bunnymund and Nightlight. Together the Guardians make a great team, and I have no doubt that they'll one day defeat Pitch. Hopefully not for another few books, though, as I want to keep reading!
I've discovered a really good series of fantasy books through seeing Rise of the Guardians at the cinema (twelve times, ahem) and I'm so glad I found this world created by William Joyce. They're the perfect reads for children in the 8+ range, and it's just a shame they're not readily available in print form in the UK yet. The fourth novel, The Sandman and the War of Dreams, isn't published until September 2013, and I can't wait. Not only will I get to meet Sandy, but the promotion for the book at the end of Toothiana also teased the introduction of Jack Frost. Copy: pre-ordered!