Review: SWIFT / by R. J. Anderson

Swift, / by R. J. Anderson (Flight and Flame Trilogy, 1)
Enclave Escape      ISBN     9781621841326
MG (Grade 7 – 9)     Rating:     4

R. J. Anderson, author of the No Ordinary Fairy Tale series, returns to the fairy realm with a new series about piskeys, faeries, and spriggans. Previously published in the UK, her fantasy series is now available for American readers.

In Swift, a wingless piskey — Ivy — lives underground with the rest of her community. Considered disabled because she doesn’t have wings, Ivy manages to keep the family unit together after her mother mysteriously disappears — or was she kidnapped? When an enemy comes with a message from her mother, as well as a possible way for Ivy to get wings, what will she do? Will Ivy learn to fly? Will she find her mother? Will she uncover the danger facing her community?

In Anderon’s world, piskeys, faeries, and spriggans are fairy-like creatures – similar but different, living in separate communities with preformed opinions and suspicions of one another. Celtic lore is intertwined with the rules of the societies.

Swift is a captivating story, created especially for young teens (ages 12-16). The first chapter pulls in the reader and keeps them engaged until the very end, with plot twists galore. Ivy grows in courage over the course of the book. She learns to look beyond what is accepted by others to discover for herself what is true.

Magic plays a big role in this fantasy, but this book also includes blood-based magic. While it was critical to the storyline, it may be a trigger for some. Similar to what one reads in the Narnia books, it is symbolic of the ultimate sacrifice. Still, it is not gory nor something to hold it back from teen readers.

Recommended for teen readers (and adults who are young at heart) in public libraries and school libraries. Readers will be delighted to know that Nomad and Torch (books 2 & 3) are coming in November 2020 and February 2021, respectively.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

One response to “Review: SWIFT / by R. J. Anderson

  1. Thank you for this thoughtful, detailed review of SWIFT! I’m happy you feel it’s worth recommending to other readers.


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