Emma Fox's arrow and crown

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Adventure meets fairy tales in this adorable fantasy read for teenagers (and their parents!).

Emma Fox's arrow and crown. Published independently, 2019.

Reading level: Young adult aged 12-15 years

Recommended for: From 12 years old

A poor girl and her uncle, who live on the outskirts of the city, cannot afford to lose their loyal horse Tabbert … even if he was chased by the beast. Anna knows better, knows that her uncle would never let Tabbert save her if it meant going to the Grünwald. There is more than one animal to fear if the stories are true. Even the trees could be alive and watch. But Anna is still looking.

And so the arrow and the crown appear immediately in action when Anna finds more in the Grünwald than she expects (and she finds Tabbert). A change of plot, memorable characters, darkly mysterious legends, romance, heroes and villains await the reader who follows Anna into the green forest. Anna is a personable, lively heroine, and her hero is equally profitable. However, this is not just a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is a new story for new readers that takes place in a well-developed fantasy world whose story is just big enough to feel established. Good triumphs over evil, and love is worth sacrificing, just like the best old stories.

Precautions: none

Overall rating: 4.5 / 5

  • Artistic / literary evaluation: 4.25 / 5
  • Worldview rating: 4.75 / 5

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