Fantasy Book Review: The Seven Tales of Trinket

The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas

Guided by a tattered map, accompanied by Thomas the Pig Boy, and inspired by the storyteller’s blood that thrums through her veins, eleven-year-old Trinket searches for the seven stories she needs to become a bard like her father, who disappeared years before. She befriends a fortune-telling gypsy girl; returns a child stolen by the selkies to his true mother; confronts a banshee and receives a message from a ghost; helps a village girl outwit—and out-dance—the Faerie Queen; travels beyond the grave to battle a dastardly undead Highwayman; and meets a hound so loyal he fights a wolf to the death to protect the baby prince left in his charge. All fine material for six tales, but it is the seventh tale, in which Trinket learns her father’s true fate, that changes her life forever.

Trinket dreams of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a bard, though she worries she isn’t talented enough. She and Thomas embark on a magical adventure, while searching for clues about her missing father and collecting stories. The quest-like adventures begin to feel like adventures in Narnia. Unfortunately, the official synopsis spoils too much of the story in my opinion.

This fairy tale-like story for middle readers on up is fun and inspired. Each of Trinket’s seven adventures is a fresh and exciting story with sweet and wholesome resolutions. Since it can be read in one sitting, this is a novel that can be read again and again. I highly recommend this enchanting book for readers of all ages who enjoy fairy tales and magic.

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