Fierce Creatures by AW Hartoin
Length: Full (263 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose
Another day. Another disaster.
After surviving a kidnapping and battling with spriggans, Matilda Whipplethorn finds her life in a suburban human house pretty boring. She’s been excluded from school because of her fire-making abilities and her former friends are afraid of her. Salvation comes in the form of a life-threatening illness. Her tutor, Miss Penrose, needs a medication and there’s only one place to get it, the spriggans. Matilda heads back to the antique mall to save Miss Penrose even though it just might cost her everything.
This is the second book of the Away from Whipplethorn series, but can easily be read as a standalone. If you read the first book in the series, though, I feel as if it would be a much richer experience for the reader. It’s a well written, cleanly edited story that I quite enjoyed.
Matilda has been invited not to come back to school because of her fire-making power and is a little bored at home. She gets into scrapes when she tries to help her tutor by getting some medication she needs. Matilda is a typical child (albeit a fairy) with the usual childish traits, but despite seeming to get into trouble regularly she is, at heart, kind and courageous. A good role model for children who read this book–as long as they can’t start fires with a thought!
Ms. Hartoin again brings the invisible (to most humans) world of the fairies to life in such detail that you feel you are there. She’s able to craft a story with skill and create a plot which keeps one reading. I’m looking forward to many more books in this series, because there are a lot of ways Matilda can get into trouble! A good addition to any tween’s shelf!