“The Feral Child” is a creepy fairy story by Che Golden that’s the perfect read for Halloween. This YA novel is the first book in Golden’s “The Feral Child” trilogy. The hardcover edition was just published, and the paperback edition will be out in December.
Maddy is a 12-year-old girl who has been raised by her grandparents since the recent death of her parents. To make things worse, her grandparents live in a tiny Irish village called Blarney, while Maddy has been raised in London. She hates where she’s living, her mean Aunt Fionnula, and her cousins Danny and Roisin. Maddy is full of anger at her loss, and is giving her grandparents a hard time with her rebellious attitude.
Maddy can’t understand why her grandfather is always telling her stories about fairies, and warning her about how dangerous they are, and how to deal with them. One night, just before Halloween (or Samhain Fesh, a time when the veil between the mundane world and Faerie thins), she defies his rule about staying away from the grounds of the ancient castle in the village. There she encounters a strange boy who tries to get her to go away with him. She starts to change her mind about her grandfather’s fairy stories after the otherworldly boy shows up outside her bedroom window that night, and the little boy next door disappears.
Most of the adults won’t believe Maddy’s story about what happened to the child, and the ones who do believe her won’t help. Maddy takes it upon herself to go to Faerie to get him back. Accompanied by her dog and her cousins, she passes through the veil between worlds into the realm of the fairies. It’s a land of wonders, some of them deadly dangerous. Armed with only a few bits of iron and Granda’s fairy wisdom, the young heroes have just a short time to find the stolen child and get back home before the end of Samhain Fesh, when the veil between worlds closes.
Che Golden is a masterful story teller who has created believable characters, and a frightening vision of Faerie. This is a story that will captivate young readers and adults alike. “The Feral Child” is a scary tale that’s well told.
The books in “The Feral Child” series were first published in the UK, and those editions will show up in searches on Amazon and other sellers with earlier publishing dates. According to Golden, the only major change between the two editions is that Maddy was younger in the UK editions, but her age was changed for the U.S. editions. The U.S. edition of the next book in the series, “The Unicorn Hunter,” is due out January 6, 2015.
“The Feral Child” is available now at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The new U.S. paperback edition will be available in stores as well as online in December. The “Feral Child” series is published by Quercus.