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Middle Grade Fantasy
Eleven year-old Ennara Gaern has a serious grudge against the dragon on her right hand.
Born with a caul—a mask that foretold magical powers—she was immediately inked with the fiendish, fire-breathing tattoo that forces her to study boring texts, cover her hand continuously, and worst of all, keeps her from visiting the beautiful capital city, Dordonne. But her quiet life changes when one night she is attacked by a shadowy demon.
Tork, an old friend and wizard, is enlisted to help. But when he arrives, he informs Ennara’s parents that she is her world’s only hope of finding the legendary Sword of Gisilfrid, which is needed to destroy the curse that is creating the demons. Ennara doesn’t want to leave on the dangerous quest, but when she learns the curse threatens her world, she reluctantly agrees.
Ennara and the wizard begin a perilous journey to the Sunken City, pitting them against dangerous oceans and pirates intent on claiming Ennara’s magic as their own. With only her friends at her side, including the intelligent, aquatic cat Smoos, Ennara must defeat monsters guarding the sword and servants of the Fallen Druid. When her world is covered in darkness, will she know how to dispel the curse?
Ennara, a caul, has just discovered that there is a new creature stalking the woods - a shadowspawn. When she is attacked by this fearsome creature, she learns about their goal: they mean to destroy all good life and rule the world. She must now set off on an adventure with Tork, a wizard, Kithe, her best friend, and Gavin, seaboy, to find a way to stop these horrid creatures. Along the way, they face many difficult challenges and learn new ways to live.
I liked how headstrong and just plain strong Ennara is. I've read too many books where the heroine is dainty and delicate and unable to fend for herself, so she has to have others take care of her. Ennara has a certain air about her that gives you the motivation to persevere. The story line is just wonderful, and it never slowed, even for a minute. I have to say that this is one of the best fantasy books I've read in quite some time. Five stars for Ennara and the Fallen Druid!
I would recommend to people who like: fiction, fantasy, and magic craft.
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