A chilling fairy-tale thriller for 10+ girls.

Midnight: a mist-haunted wood with a bad reputation. A sweet sixteen party, and 13 year old Nell is trying to keep her sister, spoilt birthday-girl Gwen, out of trouble. No chance. Trouble finds Gwen and drags her through the mist. Only Nell guesses who’s behind the kidnap – the boy she hoped was her friend, the cute but mysterious Evan River.

All those fairy stories Nell’s grandmother told her about girls being stolen by fairy folk are true. The Elven are beautiful as starlight, fierce as wolves, and cold as ice. And they want their world back. The fight has been raging for centuries. Nell’s grandmother should know, she’s a Watcher, the ones responsible for imprisoning the Elven in isolated iron-bound camps in Siberia. Only Evan, his fanatical older brother Fen, and a handful of Elven children are still free. 

Fen, hellbent on revenge, keeps Gwen in their wolf-guarded stronghold deep in the mist. The price for her safe return? The release of all the Elven – but the Watchers will never agree. Only Nell can save Gwen.

Time is twisted through the mist: if Nell stops longer than a night and day, a hundred years will hit her as soon as she returns and she’ll be old and withered before she’s even lived. The clock is ticking.


Genre: fae, fantasy, couldn’t put down, review copy
Rating: 4 wings

Although I feel that the main target audience for ‘Mist’ is Middle-Grade I was enchanted by the magical Elven world (“not Elvish or Elves!”) that Kathryn James had created.
The main female character Nell is immediately a figure the reader can feel empathy for, because of her loneliness and isolation from the other teenagers in the village. Despite this she genuine, loyal and likeable and I felt I wanted to read more of her story.
‘Mist’ begins with Nell following a mysterious boy she has met at school into the woods behind her house. He later warns her of their danger as girls have been known to disappear into the mist and not return. Later that night Nell’s sister Gwen insists on having a party in the same woods and following a strange laugh and a wolves howl Gwen disappears. Nell then has to befriend the befriend the mysterious Elven boy, Evan, and he leads her far into Elven territory on a mission to rescue her sister.
The journey that Kathryn James transports her reader on is one of fantasy and magic, as we head into a realm where there are giant magic harps and young Elven girls who can heal the sick.
The romance between Evan and Nell is very innocent and Kathryn James has worked hard to keep their relationship aimed at her Middle-Grade audience and reminding her reader that Nell is only 14. However for me they are more romantic than any big kissing scene, after all they are struggling with a human versus Elven relationship and Kathryn James wants to keep her reader in suspense for ‘Frost’!
The characters in ‘Mist’ are varied from Nell’s parents who are both in the police force to Bean who is the bounciest Elven boy in Evan’s little family! Yet the mixture only adds to the books charm as the characters all compliment each other.
‘Mist’ is a book which I found I wanted to consume all at once! It has an interesting plot with just enough turns to keep the reader guessing, yet stays within the boundaries of a fantasy story. Whatever your age I recommend you read ‘Mist’!


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