Up front I’ll admit to not being a huge fan of the fantasy genre. I read the Lord of the Rings series only after watching the movies and have never finished The Hobbit much to the horror of my daughter. Yet, when I was given the opportunity to read an ARC copy of Danika Dinsmore’s Ondelle of Grioth, the third book in her Faerie Tales from the White Forest series, I decided, why not? As a reviewer it’s important that I read and review books of all sorts and this seemed like a great opportunity. Before delving into the third book, I figured starting at the beginning was a ‘very good place to start’ and that’s how I found myself reading Brigitta of the White Forest.
Danika Dinsmore does a beautiful job of creating the fantasy world of Faweh. This novel is rich with imagination as we’re introduced to a dark forest that lives up to its name, fanciful creatures, rivers that run backwards, an eyeless tree woman who multiple pairs of winged eyes that see for her, and, of course, magical faeries. The White Forest of the title is home to clans of elemental faeries, including our young heroine Brigitta. We meet Brigitta on the brink of receiving her life task, which announces itself on the wings of adolescent faeries when they’re ready, a coming of age moment for each elemental faerie. Most of Brigitta’s friends have earned their life task wings and a sense of insecurity has settled upon her when horror strikes the White Forest.
Brigitta and her younger sister are spared from the disaster that occurs and Brigitta finds herself tasked with saving the Forest and her people while keeping her sister safe. The young faeries embark on an adventure that Brigitta never expected and an undertaking she wanted no part of, but one she more than lives up to, finding an inner strength she didn’t know existed within her.
Designated as children’s fantasy, Brigitta of the White Forest is perfect for the young reader, with its vivid descriptions and attention grabbing plot. Brigitta is a wonderful role model for young girls, demonstrating that you can overcome adversity even when things seem hopeless. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages.