Wednesday 20 January 2010

The Thirteen Curses - Michelle Harrison

The Thirteen Curses - Michelle Harrison

Pages: 452
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 7th January 2010

Other Titles in this Series: The Thirteen Treasures (my review)

When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back.

Trapped in the fairy realm, Red must beg an audience with the fairy court. There, she strikes a bargain. her brother will be returned - but only if she can find the charms of Tanya’s bracelet, scattered in the human world.

Returning to Elvesden Manor, Red is assisted by Tanya and Fabian, a desperate hunt begins. Soon they make a shocking discovery. The charms are now cursed with the twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent…and the longer they are missing, the worse the consequences will be.

Can Red, Tanya and Fabian find all the charms? And even if they do, will the fairies keep their promise?

The Thirteen Curses is the dark and edgy sequel to the spectacular, The Thirteen Treasures.

A supporting character from The Thirteen Treasures, Red, takes centre stage in the sequel. Red is a runaway and hid in Elvesden Manor and then saved Tanya’s life at the end of The Thirteen Treasures. We switch between Tanya and Red in alternate narration, one of my favourite formats to read. I loved learning more about the brave, daring and loyal Red and finding out, through flashback chapters, how she lived between her parents’ death and her time at Elvesden Manor.

I love novels about fairies so it’s no surprise that I loved The Thirteen Curses. Lots of the world-building was done during book one so Michelle Harrison was able to jump straight into the intricacies of Fairy an introducing new, exciting twists on the mythology we were introduced to in The Thirteen Treasures. I was really glad to be back in Fairy and I especially enjoyed the visit to the fairy Court. It’s so vibrant and lively! I’d love to go, provided I could leave unharmed, of course. I was also very pleased that Gredin and Raven made an appearance. They are extremely cool and I began to genuinely like them.

Another of the things that I enjoyed was finally discovering more about Fabian’s dad, the mysterious Warwick. We were told about his history with Fey and how his wife died. Red and Warwick also forger a wonderful connection during their time in Fairy. You really saw his fatherly side, he helped Red without question and his strength and bravery really came through in The Thirteen Curses.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Thirteen Curses and I can’t wait to read what I believe to be the last book in the series, The Thirteen Wards.

For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge



  1. Great review - I loved reading it! Ooh yes, if you visit the Fairy Court I really hope you won't be in danger. :)

  2. I've heard so many good things about this series, I really need to jump on the band wagon and get buying them :-)

  3. Yay glad you loved it! I was so excited the whole time I was reading it, they're magical books. :)

  4. I really need to read this series!

  5. I haven't heard of this series before, I'll have to check it out :)

  6. i really love the thirteen treasures! but i havent read the thirteen curses yet! im so excited to read it already. i wonder if red WILL find her brother and bring her back to the human world. and how red, tanya and fabian will manage to get out of the fairy realm. IM SO EXCITED! i mean, i love fairies and everything and i love reading about them but so far, the thirteen treasures is the best fairy book i have EVER read. for me, even harry potter cant excite me more than this! (sorry to all the HP fans out there)itsjust so NIIIIIIICE.
    i hope red, tanya and fabian are going to be safe. i hope no one is gonna die (the part when morwenna bloom was dying was HORRIBLE even if she was torturing tanya). but i guess things are going to be even MORE exciting if there are fatalities.
    good luck to red, tanya and fabian. just manage to escape from the fairy realm! oh, and make sure that amos forgets about morwenna soon when you give him the piskie-tainted rosemary!

  7. Superb review. I'm excited to read this after enjoying "The Thirteen Treasures"!


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