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It's been a long time since I've read a book about fairies hidden in the forest. OK so technically speaking these creatures are more likely to be called Hobgoblins or Changelings.
These changelings live a life of eating acorns, berries and other such foods that they are capable of foraging. The other part involves them seeking out young children who they can kidnap, then change their own appearance so they can then take the place of the once missing child. This involves a lot of research beforehand, in case the parents are suspicous that their darling son or daughter has changed personality or has forgotten a good deal of things.
In this story the changelings have caught hold of a 7 year old boy, Henry Day, soon to be known as Aniday when he begins the transformation into a fairy type creature. When his replacement goes back you can tell the boys Dad is suspicous of him a little bit. Noticing that there is something a bit different about him but can't quite work out what it is, which when he is certain doesn't lead to a happy outlook for him.
As Aniday begins to forget his past life and that of how he came about being a changeling, we also see how the replacement Henry deals with his new life. The fact that as the years go by he has to painfully change his appearance by stretching skin and bones and pulling out teeth to resemble a normal boy.
As each chapter goes by, the story flips between Henry and Aniday. At some points this can be a bit confusing as you have to work out which one is it who's telling the story. It shows the closeness that grows between Aniday and the other changelings. Despite everything, you can see that he still holds onto little human aspects and sometimes little events can evoke memories from his past.
I believe that this novel is largely based on the poem by William Butler Yeats, which was also called The Stolen Child. I did actually enjoy this book which I was a bit dubious about at the start. It's different from other novels which have been around lately and although the idea of faries hiding in forests is somewhat thought to be more ideal for little children, this one is appropriate for older readers.
you can get this for £6 on Amazon and is well worth the money!
____The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue___
This book was recommended to me when i said i quite liked fantasy books.
Henry Day (the main character) is only 7 when he gets kidnapped in the dark forest near his home. So what's the big deal? Children get kidnapped all the time,the difference with his kidnapping is that he gets kidnapped by fairy changelings,gets given a new identity and a child is left in his place.
The story then goes between both boys. How will Henry cope with his new life,will he even remember the old?.Will the family be fooled into believing it is there son?
This is one of these books that is completely riveting. I liked how the book when between the two Henry Days .The author makes it sound really believable.
Aniday (the original Henry)-After the change he cant remember his old life completely but its interesting to see that he is not completely happy with the change and clings on to some human things.
Henry Day-As he grows older he has to remember to be Human and grow in all the right places. Some of the situations he gets himself into i found quite funny.
The dad-not a main character but i like the way he is the only one that doesnt beleive that it is his Henry.He appears suspicious throughout the book.
This book is a fairy tale book but i would say that it is for adults. It says fiction on the back but i would say it is more of a fantasy book.
__Price/where to buy__
This can be bought new from amazon for £5.99 or used from 1p.I have also seen it on play etc