Of dragonflies and an unusual fairy

41bTHJxERmL._SL500_OU01_SS130_The Black Fairy and the Dragonfly, Paul G. Day

Rating: 4.8 stars

If you’ve spent any time at all around a pond in the summer, you’ve seen them. The dragonflies. Madly flitting about, they’re the kamikazes of the insect kingdom. In this book, they’re also a kindly race (whose language sounds like a charming cross between Yoda and Mr. Rogers), happy to adopt a young fairy who has been ejected from her community, just because she’s a bit out of the ordinary.

Lilly, as she’s eventually named by the dragonflies, is happy with them until she dreams the other fairies are in danger. When she decides to return home, three dragonflies accompany her, and their adventure begins. Ahead of Lilly are a long journey, mysterious powers for her to overcome, and an evil Queen. This is the first part of a trilogy, so be prepared for a cliffhanger ending.

If you’re a fan of George MacDonald’s work, or Andrew Lang’s rainbow of Fairy Books, you’ll enjoy this story. It’s perfect for a read-aloud, for listeners ranging from 3 to 7, with short chapters that keep the story moving. The author’s descriptions of the power and beauty of nature are a plus. I only wish the author had shown us those marching horned beetles, the Queen of the Locusts, and the Frog Lords.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review.

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.
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25 Responses to Of dragonflies and an unusual fairy

  1. Paul G Day says:

    Thank you Lizzie. The Horned Beetles, The Queen of Locusts and the Frog Lords all play significant roles in the sequel, “The Black Fairy and the Dragonfly: Escape from the Dark Queen”. So there’s plenty to get excited about. I will let readers know when the second book is due to come out.

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  3. Deborah says:

    Great review lizzie. I love Paul Day’s books. He is a well written author and is great at capturing the imagination of the reader.

  4. Lizzie Ross says:

    Deborah — Thanks for stopping by. Paul Day’s work is new to me, so I’m happy to have discovered him.

  5. jjspina says:

    Nice review of Paul’s book. I love all his books. He is very talented. I have edited two of his books and look forward to reading more.

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  7. jjspina says:

    Lovely review, Lizzie. I love all of Paul’s books. I am a big fan! Have four books and an e-book which I treasure. He is an amazingly creative and talented person. I am honored to call him a good friend.

  8. Paul G Day says:

    Just to let everyone know, the sequel to The Black Fairy and the Dragonfly, titled “Escape From The Dark Queen” is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and Print. http://redbearbooks.wordpress.com/
    http://pauljeday.wix.com/swap#!books/cnec
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KYU24F0

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