Ok so I can’t believe it’s taken so long for me to read this book- this book celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a beautiful new edition with a cover designed by Melissa Castrillon who did marvellous work on A Pinch Of Magic for Michelle Harrison earlier this year.
I have treated myself to the new edition but read from my existing 5th Anniversary copy because the cover of the new one is just so exquisite.
Tanya hates faeries, they are the bane of her life always bothering and getting her into trouble, her mother is exhausted of her and so packs her and her trusty dog Oberon off to her grandmother at the creepy dilapidated Elvesden Manor where it seems she is even less wanted.
However with the groundskeeper’s son Fabien, they both discover something is not quite right with the woods, especially after they see a girl who too closely resembles a missing teenager, someone who Fabien’s grandfather has been under suspicion of murdering 50 years ago.
Can Tanya and Fabien solve the mystery of Morwenna Bloom? And should some things remain in the past?
Faeries? Second Sight? Witchcraft? Changelings? Set outside of London in a rural setting? Could this book be anymore me??? It ticks so many boxes I could squeal!
Tanya is a curious character, I still feel I don’t quite know her by the end of this novel and I quite like that the plot has been propelled by events not just navel gazing or emotional insights. Tanya is open with us about her second sight but there is much about her kept close to her chest that I hope are uncovered throughout the subsequent books.
There’s a wonderful sense of immersion in this world and a constant feel of quiet peril that you can’t put your finger on. Harrison keeps the tightest secrets wrapped up neatly until the end dropping breadcrumbs to reveal just how much she needs you to know at just the right time which sweeps you along beautifully throughout the tale feeding your imagination and desire to uncover the truth all the way to the end.
She couldn’t remember the first time she had seen them exactly. They had always been there. She had grown up chattering away to herself as her parents looked on, in amusement at first, then, later, with concern.
This was a wonderful read and I look forward to reading the other books in this series (which I have- with their original release covers but may have to come and live with me with the Melissa Castrillon covers as they are released!!)
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison is published by Simon & Schuster, there are different editions but both the 5th Anniversary and 10th Anniversary reprints are widely available.