Tanya has an unusual ability. The 12-year-old is able to see fairies. However, they are not the sweet, helpful magical creatures from Disney movies. Tanya’s fairies are not above making her life miserable; and, since only she can see them, her interaction with these beings is a cause for concern on the part of her parents.
As the story opens, three fairies named Raven, Gredin, and Feathercap are reprimanding Tanya for writing in her diary about them. After hinting at a more dire punishment if she makes the mistake again, the group leaves her room in disarray. When Tanya’s mother, hearing the commotion, sees the results of what she thinks is the girl’s long-standing misbehavior, she has had enough. Over her daughter’s protests, she decides to take Tanya and her Doberman, Oberon, for a two-week stay at Elvesden Manor, a sprawling estate currently occupied by her emotionally distant maternal grandmother. To make matters worse, she’ll have to deal with Fabian, the caretaker’s rather annoying son.
After her mother leaves her at the manor, Tanya discovers grandmother Florence’s library. To her delight, the room is full of books, including some on magic and fairy lore. What’s more, Tanya finds a tarnished but beautiful bracelet sporting thirteen charms. After choosing a a number of books to take with her, she opens a copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and is fascinated by a newspaper clipping tucked inside. The subject of the piece is Morwenna Bloom, a girl who mysteriously vanished in nearby Hangman’s Wood 50 years before. Before Tanya can slip out of the library, her grandmother finds her there and, to her surprise, gives her the bracelet.
Armed with a book containing information about the fairy realm, and intrigued by the story of Morwenna Bloom, Tanya sets out to learn what became of the girl—and what her connection was to Fabian’s grandfather Amos, the former caretaker who lives at the manor. She finds an ally in Fabian, who is disturbed by allegations that his grandfather was involved in the young woman’s disappearance.
As Tanya delves into the mystery, she makes another discovery: a girl is hiding in the labyrinth of tunnels underneath the manor. What is the teen, who calls herself Red, doing there, and what is her connection to the fairy world? Things come to a spellbinding head as Tanya and Fabian, with the help of an old gypsy woman, traverse secret passages and enter the dangerous woods to try to solve the mystery and clear Amos’ name. As the pair discovers the truth about Morwenna Bloom, Tanya is trapped in the fairy realm. Fabian must act in time to save her from being lost there forever.
Debut author Michelle Harrison has penned a magnificent edge-of-your-seat thriller. With richly-drawn characters whose lives intertwine in surprising ways, this first novel in the 13 Treasures trilogy takes the reader on a marvelous journey of discovery. Tanya and Fabian’s quest for the truth leads them on a harrowing adventure that will please fans of fantasy and adventure alike. The satisfying conclusion provides closure—and sets the stage for the next volume in the series.
Red (real name Rowan Fox), the mysterious girl who appeared in 13 Treasures, has achieved her goal. She has found a way into the fairy realm, a domain avoided by most humans aware of its presence. However, Red has an agenda. For, eight months earlier, the teen’s beloved younger brother James was taken by fairies. Since their parents are dead, the little boy (with the exception of an eccentric aunt) is the only family Red has, and she is determined to get him back.
However, before she can even begin to search for James, she falls into the trap of the Hedgewitch. While in the malevolent creature’s clutches, Red becomes acquainted with two others she has ensnared: a fairy known as Eldritch and Warwick, the caretaker of Elvesden Manor. After the Hedgewitch is killed by a spell gone awry, the humans make their escape. As they leave, Red takes a coat that, when she wears it, allows her to assume the form of a fox. The girl refuses to free Eldritch when she learns he has been involved in capturing human children.
Red and Warwick, thanks to the assistance of a sympathetic fairy named Gredin, gain an audience with the fairy court. The monarchs agree to return James if the girl can retrieve thirteen charms that are scattered throughout the human world. Warwick is detained while Red completes the task. Returning from the fairy kingdom, she begins a race against time to retrieve the charms. She does not have to search alone: Tanya, granddaughter of the owner of Elvesden Manor, and Fabian, Warwick’s son, join her in her quest.
Michelle Harrison’s second book in the 13 Treasures trilogy paints a more sinister picture of the world of the fairies. The reader discovers many facets of the personalities of all characters, both human and fey. Surprise revelations and plot twists as winding as the tunnels under Elvesden Manor will keep readers turning the pages until the unanticipated conclusion. A worthy successor to 13 Treasures, this tale will have fantasy fans clamoring for the next book in the series.
As the third novel in the 13 Treasures trilogy opens, fifteen-year-old Rowan Fox is living at Elvesden Manor and attending school. After the harrowing and eye-opening experiences she has lived through, it looks like the teen’s life is happily returning to some semblance of normalcy. However, the appearance of a homeless street musician in Tickey End shows that Rowan’s life is anything but normal. For the young woman, upon discovering who she is, delivers an unwelcome message: that there is a meeting on the 13th, and Rowan should be there this time. When a fairy later appears at her bedroom window with a written announcement of the upcoming gathering, Rowan understands that she cannot put her past completely behind her.
It is understandable that Rowan does not want reminders of the months she worked to restore human children stolen by fairies to their families. Not only does she finally have a home, but the discovery that her beloved Aunt Rose is really her mother makes her long to forget the past and concentrate on the good life she has now. However, the insistent tone of the message compels Rowan to slip out of the manor late one night and make her way to a remote shack.
Unknown to Rowan, she did not leave unobserved. Tanya, granddaughter of the manor’s owner (who shares with Rowan and her grandmother the ability to see fairies), awakens to find her missing. Together, she and the caretaker’s son, Fabian, discreetly follow their friend. After Rowan arrives at her destination, the secret meeting begins. An unusual assortment of individuals faces a serious problem. For this group, which calls itself the Coven, is involved with returning children taken by fairies to their rightful homes. However, some members have mysteriously disappeared. Unfortunately, before Tanya and Fabian can hear too many details, they are discovered–and an unhappy Rowan must vouch for the eavesdroppers.
Yet their knowledge of the Coven and the dilemma facing it turns out to be serendipitous, for the group has allies in its search for the missing members. As it becomes obvious that foul play is involved in their disappearances, suspicions arise, and no one is exempt from scrutiny. The situation rapidly becomes dangerous for everyone involved, including residents of Elvesden Manor, when deadly nonhuman creatures invade its grounds for the purpose of eliminating the remaining members of the Coven. It is up to the manor’s inhabitants and their friends, both human and fairy, to discover the identity of the traitor and thwart the attackers before it is too late.
13 Secrets is a breathtaking conclusion to Michelle Harrison’s masterful 13 Treasures trilogy. As the many threads of the tapestry are woven into a satisfying whole, and the characters both mourn those they have lost and look forward to a brighter future, readers can look forward to more treasures to come from this remarkable author.