‘Follow the sea and the mist and the moon,
Go fast as lightning – not a moment too soon.’
I am delighted today to have my own daughter Emily return to my blog. Emily has featured occasionally with a few words of her own about a book she has read and loved. One of those books was Magical Masquerade by Claire Savage (Read Review HERE) We received a surprise package in the post a few weeks back with book two in the series, Phantom Phantasia, inside and a lovely personalised note from Claire Savage to Emily.
I adore seeing my children walking around the house with a book in their hands, and such was the case when Emily was reading Phantom Phantasia. I just love that she took the time to lose herself in fairyland for a few hours.
Here is a little about the book and a few words from Emily. I do hope you enjoy!
About the Book:
Two secret missions.
Three adventurers hold the key.
Felicity has returned to Fairyland but discovers a kingdom in peril. Its borders weakened by the Enchanter’s experiments, the realm is slowly being consumed by dark magic and dangerous creatures.
When witches capture her family, Felicity soon finds herself on another adventure with Bob the brownie, one which takes them to the very heart of the ocean – and far beyond it. In the shadowy depths lies a mysterious object that could save them all.
The future of Fairyland is at stake – and time is ticking on …
Review by Emily Hearne
Phantom Phantasia by Claire Savage is the second book of two. I loved the first one, so I was ecstatic when I came home from school, only to find it waiting on the kitchen table to be read.
I had to consult Magical Masquerade, as it had been quite awhile since I read the first one, but after a couple of pages, it all came back to me.
Felicity returns to Fairyland, only to find that her family has been captured by witches and that Fairyland’s borders have been weakened, letting in all sorts of creatures. Joined by Bob the Brownie and her best friend Sophie (who was summoned to her in a bucket!!), they travel from the bottom of the ocean to different planets, where they meet not-so-giant ladies and Moon Hares.
I loved all the characters as their personalities are described brilliantly. I could really visualise them, the Riddler in particular. I found his personality funny, as villains go, because in a certain part of the book, when he is not rhyming, he has a proper conversation and is very childish and funny.
‘”Didn’t expect that now, DID you?”, she could sense the smirk on his face.
“I don’t think anyone could”, said Felicity “Wait a minute, we aren’t rhyming”
“No, the magic here distorts things”, said the Riddler, a little huffily, “but your rhymes are rarely any good anyway, so at least I won’t have to hear them”‘
I don’t know why, but I just love that line!
I would recommend Phantom Phantasia to anyone age 8-12 and who, like me, loves magic and adventure.
Purchase Link ~ Phantom Phantasia
Claire Savage grew up deep in the countryside around Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, where she spent lots of time reading stories of magic and adventure. Like Felicity, she wanted to enjoy her own exciting escapades, so often went exploring with her brothers and sisters – and a fair few cats – in the surrounding fields and lanes.
Claire works as a copywriter and journalist by day, but by night can more usually be found conjuring up strange and unusual tales….
In July 2014 Claire was awarded a National Lottery grant from the Arts Council NI as part of their Support for Individual Artists Programme, helping her write a collection of short stories and poetry. She was also chosen as one of Lagan Online’s 12NOW (New Original Writers) for 2016/17.
Claire received an Arts Council NI grant in Nov 2017 to support writing book two, Phantom Phantasia.
Magical Masquerade was Claire’s first novel, with Phantom Phantasia, Book 2 in the series, out now.
Twitter ~ @ClaireLSavage