Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: Hattie B, Magical Vet - The Fairy's Wing by Claire Taylor-Smith

Publisher: Puffin
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Hattie B knows there's no time to lose when her charm bracelet calls her back to the Kingdom of Bellua. Evil King Ivar of the Imps wants to fly, so he's stolen the magic from a fairy's wing. Hattie must find an enchanted thread to fix the wing, but someone is determined to stop her... 


The Fairy's Wing is my favourite Hattie B, Magical Vet book so far. I love fairies almost as much as dragons, so I've been looking forward to this third instalment since first starting the series. This time Hattie finds herself back in the kingdom of Bellua when King Ivar creates huge hailstones that rip a fairy's wing. As Guardian of Bellua, only Hattie can help Titch the fairy and fix her wing before King Ivar steals another power!

This book features lots of fantasy creatures, some new to the story and some seen before. Hattie encounters trolls, water sprites, unicorns, Chief Onyx of the shimmer spiders, fairies, imps and of course Mith Ickle the dragon. No creature is left out of Bellua - they all belong, though of course there are rivalries and problems, just like in any land.

I liked this story best, mostly because of Hattie's quest to find the thread of a shimmer spider. It takes her on a mini journey through Bellua (a handy map can be found at the beginning of the book) and makes her think outside the box. As always, she puts her own fears aside in order to help save Titch's wing, and she's rewarded for her efforts when the little fairy can fly once again.

These books are a great introduction to fantasy for the younger reader, even though they're not hugely long or complicated. I'm sure anyone reading this series will have a newfound interest in mythical creatures and fantasy worlds, and it's a good stepping stone before reaching books like The Spiderwick Chronicles. Also, Lorena Alvarez's illustrations are just lovely - I could spend hours looking at them!

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