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Glister: The Faerie Host


Glister: The Faerie Host

Glister: The Faerie Host back

Andi Watson

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Page 45 Review by Stephen

"What's the most important rule of Fairieland?"
"Don't go there."
"What are the three other rules of Faerieland?"
"Don't eat anything. Don't drink anything. Don't touch anyone."
"They can be good neighbours and they can be bad neighbours, but they're the best neighbours when they're left alone."

The best and bravest GLISTER book so far which delves into the history of our young heroine's missing mother, broaching the pain of separation and loss. For years now Glister has lived virtually alone with her father in Chilblain Hall but when its boundaries change so that its new neighbours are Faerie folk, Glister starts receiving messages from her mother in the mirror. Is this really her mother or the cruellest, most wicked practical joke in the world?

When they unearth a crude stick figure with a lock of her mother's hair attached, buried in a newly manifested grave, against her better judgement Glister cannot help but follow its instructions - just in case - to cross the carefully demarcated boundary to the land of the Fey in pursuit of the truth. But will she be able to resist all the other temptations there? Turns into quite the adventure.

Please don't expect Andi to insult those who've lost parents by presenting a glib, happily ever after ending. Instead he comes up with a scenario far more subtle and magical to bring a certain comfort, with a lovely little epilogue to boot.

As ever there's the added value of an activity - in this case bake your own wizened Faerie head - and the language is far from simplistic, evoking a truly repugnant stench in the heart of the Faerie King's court:

"The floor was a slippy carpet of rotten fruit, the air as thick as curdled milk with the stink of withering and dust."

New word: "widdershins".

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