Trixter by Alethea Kontis
Book 1 in the Trix Adventures
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/ Fairy Tale Retelling
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This book is only to be read AFTER Hero(book 2 in the Woodcutter Sister’ series). You wouldn’t really enjoy it otherwise.
This book begins just after Trix spells his family in Hero and goes out on his own to see his dead birth mother. This book or more like novella tells what adventures Trix was having during the events of Hero.
I was really excited to read this and was not disappointed. I wanted to know what kind of trouble Trix was getting up to during Hero. I didn’t know much about Trix other then what I learned in Hero and Dearest from his sisters( I am reading book 1 Enchanted right now so I am seeing and learning more about Trix as he is closest to his sister Sunday the heroine of Enchanted). I really ended up loving Trix character. He is mischievous and a trouble maker but also is very compassionate and loyal. You can tell that Trix loves his family very much. I love how as things played out in the story Trix imagined what one of his sister would do in that situation. In this book Trix really learns to be his own person and be responsible. His siblings and animal friends(he can talk to animals which is an ability that I have always wanted)have always been there and gotten him out of trouble. He learns that he can survive himself and sometimes that you have too.
This book is very eventful. After Trix has somehow gotten himself out of one scrap he stumbles into another. Kontis has packed so much action and adventure in to so few pages. From curses, to golden apples, to giant animals there is never a dull moment and this book has something for everyone who loves magic and fairy tales. I am so excited for book 2 which comes out March 28. I highly recommend Trixter but recommend you read the Woodcutter Sister’ series first. You will not be disappointed in this charming tales.
Rating: 4 out 5
Content Rating: PG
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