Subtitle: Talismans of Fate Book 1
By: Melanie La'Brooy
Genre: YFB - General fiction
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 30 Aug 2022
ISBN: 9780702265631


A wildly fun debut about not quite belonging, forging your own path and finding your true home.

On Talisman Day in the Province of Arylia, all children receive powerful objects that change their lives forever. All children except for the Wintrish servant girl Penn, that is.

Bound to the spoiled Princess Seraphine since birth, Penn has never known her true family. While she longs to return to her own Province of Midwinter and find them, she knows that all her future holds is a lifetime of loneliness.

But a long-forgotten evil is stirring, and destinies are about to change …

When the Princess is kidnapped, Penn is forced to run for her life to clear her own name. With the help of some unexpected friends and adragon with a fear of unicorns, she faces deadly peril and formidable foes. But can one ordinary Wintrish girl save the day?

Because without a Talisman, there's no changing your fate - is there?

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On Talisman Day, the first in eleven years, all the children from the Province of Arylia receive their own talisman. This object, with wonderful powers, will change their lives.

Penn is a Wintrish servant and she isn't expecting a talisman, yet her name is on the list and so she receives one too.

Penn is bound to Princess Seraphine as a knot-sister since they were born on the same day. When Seraphine is kidnapped, Penn knows it is up to her to save her. Penn meets up with Juniper and Arthur, and the three friends set out on a perilous journey to find Seraphine. But can three children, a cuddly Huggle Beast and dragon who is afraid of unicorns really save the Kingdom?

This is a fast-paced, funny, wonderful adventure fantasy story. It has great characters and amazing animal friends, together with evil adversaries, that make this a hard book to put down. Readers will love Penn and Ned, her fiercely protective bundle of fluff! I can’t wait for Book Two.

Perfect for fantasy lovers in upper primary and lower secondary.

Reviewed by Michelle