The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

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Oh, my gosh, what an awesome, incredible, brilliant book. After Laila and I read it the first time, we went back and read it again – we loved it that much. Page after page, this story kept us turning. There wasn’t a single night that I read to her where we didn’t wish for more time to read this book. It’s beautifully well written and thought out. It’s a strong story, with lots of little twists and turns.

Not once did we have to stop, not once did we have to slow down, and not once did we want to.

Out of the all the books I read to Laila this year, this one was by far our favorite, so much so, she begged me to buy her copy when it releases so she can share with her friends.

I intend to hunt down more books by Brian Farrey, so that Laila and I are guaranteed more great adventures before bed.

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T I T L E: The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse

A U T H O R: Brian Farrey

P U B L I S H • D A T E : April 19, 2016

P U B L I S H E R: Algonquin Young Readers

I S B N:  9781616205058

Children’s Fiction


A princess and a peasant girl must embark on a dangerous quest to outwit a centuries-old warning foretelling the fall of the Monarchy in this thrilling modern fairytale.

In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could possibly conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse–something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear–holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.

After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn’t return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend–even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse weaves together classic fairy-tale elements–a princess, a forbidden land, and a dangerous quest–in a clever, fast-paced adventure that explores the importance of asking questions and the power of friendship.

I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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