Author: Aldridge, Ethan M.
Enduring lives where their differences render them outcasts, a changeling and a human child must unite when a cruel sorceress ascends the throne, placing the fates of both worlds in their hands.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 197022
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 74922
School Library Journal (00/05/18)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Edmund, a fae, was switched at birth with a human Childe. Now living in the World Above, Edmund must keep his magic powers hidden from his human family, with whom he has never fit in, while the Childe, in the World Below, is the fae king and queen's royal pet. But when an evil sorceress threatens the crown, the Childe escapes above ground and enlists Edmund's help to save the World Below. The pair must traverse the dangerous underground realm of monsters, beasts, and dark magic to protect both their worlds. This switched-at-birth, coming-of-age fantasy doesn't break new ground, but it's executed well. Themes such as finding one's place and meeting friends and family in unexpected ways will speak to middle grade readers. Each location has a distinct style, color, and feel that give the surrounding characters depth, suggesting that this is just one story in a world of many. Small details in the backgrounds and hints in dialogue amplify the sense of mystery. VERDICT Worthy of inclusion in any fantasy collection.—Thomas Jonte, Pensacola State College, FL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2018 In the World Below, the fay king and queen have stolen a human, named Childe, from the World Above and replaced him with a changeling. When the evil Hawthorne takes over the kingdom, Childe has to get out before he’s killed. Along with his golem, Whick, Childe escapes to the World Above to find Edmund, the fay living with his family. Things take a turn for the worse when Hawthorne sends a terrifying group of soldiers to kill Edmund, and in the ensuing fight, Edmund’s sister, Alexis, finds herself caught up in the drama. Together, the four journey back into the World Below to face off against Hawthorne and her otherworldly army. Aldridge’s lavish, fine-lined, painterly artwork makes great work of the fantasy creatures (though there’s barely any variety in body shape and skin tone), and the detailed backgrounds, both above and below, cultivate a rich sense of place that will be sure to capture the imaginations of readers. The deliciously captivating start to this adventure series will leave readers hungry for more. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.