Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Ruins of Noe (#2) by Danika Dinsmore


Book Tour Review for The Ruins of Noe (#2 Fairies from the White Forest) by Danika Dinksmore


The Ruins of Noe by Danika Dinsmore
Young Adult, Fantasy ; (252 pgs)
Hydra House

A child born with no destiny: one of many signs that the White Forest faeries have lost touch with the Ethereals, the Ancient Ones. High Priestess Ondelle is convinced by an old proverb that one faerie is fated to travel to the former home of the Ancients, the Ruins of Noe, to find the answer. That faerie, she believes, is Brigitta.

Ondelle and Brigitta set off to save their forest once again, but when they arrive in Noe they discover something they never learned from any faerie tale. Why had this dark secret been kept from them? Why in the name of Faweh had the Ancients left some faeries behind? (GoodReads)


As the second book in the series continues so does Brigitta's journey to become a more brave and fulfilled fairy.  She saves her village from destruction in the first book.  Now in the second, she begins a more complex journey, maybe even a slightly more darker journey.  She becomes an apprentice Elder, which just means allows her to travel to lands beyond the White Forest and into the Ruins of Noe to right a terrible wrong.  Brigitta carries a burden only she alone can carry, a prophecy that says she alone can fix the problem regarding the Ancients and the Ruins of Noe.


While the first book is more of a coming of age book, the second seems to bring into question the readiness of responsibility in life.  Whether Brigitta is ready or not, she must embark in the journey that has already been laid out for her.  She must ready herself to take on tasks she didn't necessarily saw coming.  She has to grow up pretty fast, the lives of everyone depends on it.  She has to be able to form connections and solve problems.  Brigitta is a complex character, sometimes anxious and sometimes extremely brave.  Most of all, she accepts the responsibilities of her life.

The book is not all serious.  It's full of adventure, discovery, and learning.  It still has a simple tone, and easy flow of writing.  The uncertainty and tumultous mix of emotions and feelings are contrasted by heart and compassion that both lead her into dangers but also guide her to the right destination.  Best of all, she helps many fairies also find their own true paths.





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