Series: The Trix Adventures, #1
Author: Alethea Kontis
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings
Publisher: Alethea Kontis
Release Date: July 15th, 2015
Source: Received from Prism Book Tours in exchange for a review
Trix Woodcutter is the long prophesied Boy Who Talks to Animals. He’s also a foundling prankster scamp who places his family under a sleeping spell so that he can run away from home. Compelled by a vision of his dead birthmother, Trix departs on the eve of a Great Catastrophe, only to find himself caught in the maelstrom. Armed with little more than his wits and the wisdom inherent in all fey-blooded youth, Trix confronts a legendary Animal King, faces off against a ghostly feline, rescues a damsel in distress, and discovers more about himself than he ever wished to know.
And this adventure is only the beginning.
You know from my previous reviews of Enchanted, Dearest, and Hero that I’m a Kontis fan. She deftly combines and explores multiple fairytales and folklore stories in the Woodcutter sisters books. Some are stronger than others, but all of them are funny and sweet, and very approachable.
I was bummed to learn that her previous publisher dropped contract, so I will never get to read about how Thursday became a Pirate Queen (I need that story, Alethea!). But I’m tickled that she went ahead and self-published this, the first in the tales of younger brother and foundling, Trixter.
Trix has been a sprite/Puckish character in the previous three books, which shady origins and an unspecified fated future. His adventures were very briefly hinted at in Hero, as Saturday undergoes her trials. And I have to say, I think I missed most of the fairytale references in here. It’s definitely a novella, and only the precursor to the larger tale I’m sure we’ll be getting in books two and three.
It was a quick, fun read, but I didn’t get as into it as I did with the Woodcutter sister books. I think probably because the ending felt so abrupt, like we were missing half the book. For whatever reason, I didn’t realize from the book length that this would be more of a teaser than a tale of the same epic length and journey as, say, Dearest.
So chalk that up to my bad. But in addition to this, I felt like the lack of a supporting cast of characters made the book feel a bit empty. Trix is an earnest trouble maker and felt absolutely true to what we’ve seen of him, but he also lacked a driving internal force that might make him feel more near and dear. Again, I think that’s something that’s going to get established during the trials of book two.
If you read any of the Woodcutter sisters books, I recommend picking this one up just to get context with what we’ve seen in Hero. It’s a quick, fun read and will remind you why Arilland is the most fun fairytale theatre there is.