Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review: Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore

Original Title: Brigitta of the White Forest
Series: Faerie Tales from the White Forest #1
Author: Danika Dinsmore
Publisher: En Theos Press
Published Date: March 1st 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Children's

Brigitta is a young Water Faerie from the village-nest of Tiragarrow. She's confused, moody, and anxious about going through "The Change" as she doesn't see how destiny markings on her wings should determine her life's path.

A few days before the annual Festival of the Elements, Brigitta is flying an errand with Himalette, her tag-a-long sister, when a mysterious curse turns everyone in the White Forest to stone -- except for the two of them. The sisters have no idea why they were not cursed, but they do know if they don't turn everyone back in time for the festival rituals, the Hourglass of Protection will run out and so will its protective field around the forest.

A book for those who enjoy fantasy adventure, Brigitta of the White Forest offers a new twist on the faerie tales so loved by young readers.


The White Forest is a protected realm for all faeries.  Where all faeries are marked in their wings with their destiny, Brigitta, a water faerie, is still waiting for her "change" to happen.  But, she has her doubts about this whole destiny thing.  What if she is destined to something she hated to do?  Will she still accept it for an entire life-time?

All faeries in the White Forest are protected by the Hourglass of Protection.  Every year, the Hourglass is reversed by the Elders and the High Priestess, to continue its protection in the Forest.  When the festival neared, one bad day, everyone except Brigitta and her little sister were turned to stone.  At the same time, some one else has put a spell on these young faeries which turned their entire skin and wings to blue.

This novel started slow, but towards the half of the book, it started getting real interesting.  The genre of this novel is children's fantasy and it would make a good series, if the author could make much deeper character building.  The world building was good..I felt like watching a Tinker Bell movie.

The bickering of the siblings were annoying at times..but, I believe that's what happens in real life. :)  So, the girls' adventure was really entertaining, especially their caterpillar friend's sentence formation.  As I mentioned, the author has built the world in a detailed way, so I am definitely interested in knowing more about it.

Would make a great series, if the writing and character building improves in the upcoming novels.

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