Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell by Jen Barton

22 Jul

fiona thornFiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell

By Jen Barton

201 pages – ages 9+

Published by Flickerfawn on September 3, 2012

It wasn’t Jaydin the fairy prince’s fault. He was framed. Fiona Thorn, his best friend, knew that. She was going to break him out – ER rather BLOW him out of jail. After all, she IS an explosive worker. Taught by the Demolitions master McClane, Fiona knows just about everything about explosives. She’ll use that knowledge to bust Jaydin out. Riding her trusty Bright Eye horse (Bright Eyes are extremely smart animals, as in that they can talk to humans), Manzanita Rose (or Manzy, for short), Fiona knows that nothing can stop her. What she didn’t expect was 3 princesses to get in her way. 3 spoiled princesses, at that. Soon Fiona finds herself (and the royal pains) on the run from the King because of a misread letter, which made it seem like Fiona kidnapped the princesses. It doesn’t help that there is a murder plot against the king, his brother, and Jaydin. What will Fiona do?

This was a fun book. I think that Ms. Barton did a great job of creating this fantasy world. I really felt like I was there. I loved the sense of adventure and the fact that Fiona is a demolition expert. The magic in it was pretty cool. I loved the “gifts” that the 4 girls got. Fiona is a great female heroine for this book. I loved that she always kept her cool (despite her being hotheaded) and knew what to do. Manzy is a great supporting character. The book is a good reading level for middle grade readers or young advanced readers. At 201 pages, the book was a quick read for me but the story felt very complete. I would really like to read another book by Ms. Barton.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

9 Responses to “Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell by Jen Barton”

  1. Catherine Johnson July 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    Sold lol. It sounds awesome, thanks Erik.

  2. writersideup July 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Lovin’ that cover :) It made me click! I’m always drawn by deep, dark, alluring forests! And with the length of my TBR, the page count of this book is alluring, too! 5 out of 5, Erik — nice review :D

    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      It is a great fantasy read for a rainy day, sunny day, windy day, cloudy day, humid day, pretty much any day! :)

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann July 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Great review, Erik! I’m going to suggest this one for our school’s library. Thanks!

  4. readingwithrhythm August 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    I like tales with hero girls – especially with names like Fiona.

  5. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    It does look like a great fantasy read, if the book cover alone is any indication. :)

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