Aleks Mickelsen and the Twice-Lost Fairy Well by Keira Gillett
Published by Keira Gillett on July 7, 2017
Series: Zaria Fierce, #4
Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 260
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First Aleks’ mom loses the car keys, which he finds in the fridge, and then Christoffer forgets how to get to Aleks’ house. On the surface it doesn’t seem so bad, but events become more disturbing as the day progresses. Something strange is happening in Norway, and Aleks Mickelsen is the only one who can stop it. Too bad for us, the last thing he wants is another adventure.
Aleks Mickelsen and the Twice-Lost Fairy Well is the fourth book in the Zaria Fierce series but the first told from someone other than Zaria’s perspective. After having thoroughly enjoyed the first three books, I was looking forward to pick this up and see what adventures were in store next for these characters.
While this does build on events that happened in prior books, it takes place some three years later. Not only does this serve as a nice break between the separate story arcs and points of view, it also gives the story opportunity to mature. I classified the original trilogy as middle grade, but I’d put this more in the young adult category, albeit one more likely in the younger range and readers could easily enjoy this series over time as they are ready for more mature content.
The characters are now around sixteen years old and their friendships have developed over time, making for some new and interesting tension. The plot of this installment moves along nicely at a consistent pace, introducing new elements of the fantastical world to help round it out even more than before. And it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger that has me eager to keep reading to discover what happens next.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I think this series deserves more love. Aleks Mickelsen and the Twice-Lost Fairy Well was another fun and entertaining episode. Fans of fantasy, mythology, and folklore who find themselves beyond reading middle grade might enjoy jumping into this series here.
*Thanks to the author for providing an advance copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.