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Trix and the Faerie Queen
(Books of Arriland #6)
by Alethea Kontis
Paperback & ebook, 210 Pages
March 28th 2016
Join Trix Woodcutter on an epic new animal-filled adventure!
Fey magic and animal magic: that troublemaking imp Trix Woodcutter has both, if not the ability to use them to their full potential. While traveling with his companion—the golden girl Lizinia—to see the King of Eagles, Trix is sent a vision of the Faerie Queen, who is in desperate need of his help. An evil sorceress has stormed Faerie and trapped all the fey magic under the Hill, leaving the Faerie Queen powerless! Trix’s talent for communicating with animals is desperately needed…but before he braves the wild world of Faerie he must arm himself, with nothing less than the bow and arrows of a god.
With the help of his gilded companion, her ghost-cat godfather, a blind brownie and a sister or two, the Boy Who Talks to Animals must befriend a mischievous leprechaun, best a wolf, and journey into the depths of Faerie to restore order and free the fey magic before the imbalance destroys the world.
Trix and the Faerie Queen is second in The Trix Adventures and sixth in the Books of Arilland.
Fans of the Woodcutter Sisters: Desperate to know what happened to Saturday and Peregrine after they found Trix at the end of HERO? Here’s your chance!
Trix and Lizinia ran. The forest around them began to shift wildly. It wasn’t breaking, like it had before—this was more of a pulling. Tree trunks stretched, split, and stretched again. Runners of grass sped past their feet like currents in a swollen river. The colors of the autumn leaves began to blur together, reds, golds, and greens shimmering like the lights in the sky.
Trix looked to the sky. It was still black and full of stars, like every other clear night he’d ever witnessed…save for the lightning now shooting colors around them in every direction, as if someone had angered the rainbows and they’d gone to war.
He turned back to the cliff face, curious how soon the water would swallow him this time. Instead, he saw the waves receding. The Impossible Ocean was leaving Arilland as quickly and dramatically as it had come.
Trix slowed his pace. Compared to what he’d been put through during the ocean’s arrival, this situation seemed far less dire.
“Trix, what are you doing?” Lizinia cried as he let go of her hand.
“There!” He pointed, and they altered their direction to the great tree he had indicated.
The tree was a massive live oak with multiple trunks. Some spread out like branches low to the ground and some shot into the sky—Trix and Lizinia used the former to climb to the latter. Unlike the other trees in the surrounding forest, this tree would have held its own among the trees of the Wood. Most importantly, this tree was not one of the ones splitting into rainbow blurs around them. It sat tall, steady and strong, like an old grandfather who had no time to be bothered with new magic.
They helped each other high enough to avoid being caught in the surge of land, but not so high that the branches weren’t sturdy enough to hold their weight. Trix climbed out further on the limb while Lizinia sat at the base of the branch. She leaned against the trunk and gazed down into the chaos below. The wind tossed her hair wildly about; Trix made sure to stay clear of being whipped by the dangerous strands of gold.
“It’s beautiful,” she said. “I mean, it’s frightening, but it’s beautiful.”
Trix took a moment to appreciate the view. Even if there had existed a similarly safe vantage point when the oceans had come flooding in, the sight would not have been this lovely. Between the water pouring down from the sky and creeping up from the ground there had only been one color: muddy gray. Now, the swirling colors entranced him. Their movement was more of a rush than a roar. Scents of loam and leaves drifted up to them. It was almost…relaxing. The ceaseless rustle tempted him into sleep.
This wasn’t time for sleeping, this was time to be awake and exhilarated! But there was no resisting the downward pull of eyelids that suddenly felt like anvils. He opened his mouth to call out to Lizinia, but she could not hear him over the din. It was all he could do to situate himself on the tree limb before he finally lost consciousness.
“Have a care, Trix Woodcutter. It would not do to to have you falling to your death right when I need you most.”
Power. The woman’s voice that filled his ears was powerful. It reminded him of someone—a member of his family?—but he could not place it.
Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops picture books, The Wonderland Alphabet, Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome, Beauty & Dynamite, The Dark-Hunter Companion (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon), and a myriad of poems, essays, and short stories. Princess Alethea lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. You can find her on her YouTube channel, all the social media, and at www.aletheakontis.com.
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