The Changeling of Fenlen Forest by Katherine Magyarody is a Middle Grade Fantasy story full of unicorns, a forbidden forest, and missing villagers.
“Elizabeth thinks she knows the gloomy Fenlen Forest. But when her treasured unicorn fawn, Sida, goes missing, Elizabeth tracks her into a strange land where the people think Elizabeth is a changeling, a malignant being who too closely resembles a missing girl.
If Elizabeth can find her fawn and uncover the fate of her lost double, can she stop the fear from turning into hate? To solve the deepening mystery, Elizabeth befriends a handsome, skeptical young shepherd whose stories hint at a dark secret lurking at the forest’s edge, and follows a herd of wild unicorns with the ability to unlock the past.“
If you love whimsical fantasies, give this book a try.
We follow the main character whose father goes missing leaving her and her mother trying to make ends meet. But when he still hasn’t arrived, she doesn’t want this to be the end of him and closely clings to her beloved unicorn.
But when the creature too goes missing too, it’s her mission to find both her and, ultimately, her father.. Quickly, everything she thought she knew is put to the test in this enchanted read.
I quite enjoyed this book. I’m not too sure whether I would gear this towards a MG or YA audience. I feel like if you are a fan of either one, this could be a fun book to devour.
There’s creepy forests, a mysterious boy, and a family that just down-right freaked me out. About a third of the way through, the story shifts into a slightly darker take that reminded me of a twisted reality.
There were moments that I did find myself confused with the world building, but I think it adds a layer of suspense to the plot.
I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. It was enjoyable, and I think that if you love whimsical, enchanted, forbidden forest vibes, this one is for you!
Published: 5 April 2019
Publisher: Great Plains Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tours
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
“Katherine Magyarody grew up in Toronto, Ontario. During graduate school, she researched the history of adolescence, taught children’s literature, and wrote fiction on the sly. Her debut short story, “Goldhawk,” is anthologized in PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017. She currently lives in Connecticut, where she blogs about interesting and weird unicorns at https://offbeatunicorn.com/about-offbeat-unicorn/.”
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