Imagine that your grandmother is the Fairy Godmother to Cinderella. Well, it can happen. At least it happened to thirteen-year-old twins Alex and Connor, and they must rescue their mother who has been kidnapped in the fairy tale world. But was their mom the chosen one to be kidnapped? If she wasn’t the preferred one who was really supposed to be kidnapped then?
Of the two, Connor is the writer whose future career aspiration is to do something cool. While Alex wants to either be a member of the Fairy Council or the Happily Ever After Assembly and is the true heir to the magic. They definitely have big shoes to fill. The twins were the first children to have been born in both worlds forever linking it together binding magic and the real world together.
They meet up with Mother Goose whose code name was Mona Lisa, and claimed to have a fling with Leonardo da Vinci. There’s a lady of the east who is haunting. She seems attached to Connor and only goes to people she thinks can help in a time of need. And there are really eight dwarfs and not seven, and you will be amazed who the eighth one is.
There’s the divas: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood (Red for short) and Goldielocks (who is really afraid of bears).
Then there’s the evil Ezmia who was discovered by the Fairy Godmother at age five after being abandoned. When confronted, she was harmed by soldiers. The only way she was able to defend herself was with the usage of magic, which saved her. As a child, she was kind and loving, but when she became an adult she became mean spirited with her interest in fairy life fading and abusing her magic. She viewed herself as the enchantress when she lost her status being the head of the assembly. Ezmia had an unusual hobby of collecting souls in jars of boyfriends who had wronged her. Sadly, it was only a tree who ever gave comfort to her. Perhaps that is what turned her into the evil spirit she became since no one cared about her. However, in the end it’s one of the seven deadly sins, which will destroy her.
There’s the Wand of Wonderment, which gives the beholder the gift of invincibility, and it is formed blending the six most prized possessions of the six most despised people in the world.
When they set out on a journey, they were given a prophecy one would not return. Did that mean one of them was going to die? And who would it be that would not return?
The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns is the sequel to The Land of Stories: The Wishing Well (see my review of that) by New York Times best-selling author Chris Colfer. Colfer makes fairy tales cool and it’s like checking into a five-star luxury hotel where you want to live happily ever after.
Notable quote: “People only love you as long as they’re getting something out of you, but the minute you say something they don’t want to hear or do something they don’t want to see, all the admiration drains from their hearts,” said the Enchantress.
Will there be a book three in Colfer's The Land of Stories series? Only Colfer knows the answer to that one while we all sit back anticipating more.
For more information regarding The Land of Stories books, please visit its website at www.TheLandofStoriesBook.com.
The jacket art was done by Brandon Dorman and very good. For more information regarding Brandon Dorman, please visit his website at www.brandondorman.com.
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