Tirissa wakes up one morning, going about her day with her adopted family. But this day is not like any other. A spell is cast on her village, and everyone she knows is affected. They become dazed and unaware of their surroundings; victim of The Deadening. Tirissa runs to the house of the local herb lady and healer, and hears that a wizard may have put on this spell. It is similiar to the spell in the old stories of what happened to the town of Nulidor. First, The Deadening occured, and then a second spell that killed everyone there. The healer tells Tirissa that she is the only one who can save the town, as she is the only one unaffected.
Scared and alone, Tirissa starts out and journeys to the house of a more powerful healer. That woman gives her more information and a silver necklace that has come down through the ages. As Tirissa journeys, she meets a group of wood nymphs. They tell her the missing pieces of her background. She is the child of a wood nymph and her human lover. That explains why Tirissa is not affected by the spell, and why she has access to magic such as hiding inside trees and talking to stones and forces of nature.
Tirissa picks up some allies on her trip. Oglo is a troll, hundreds of years old, that had fought against the forces of evil once before and lost. Now he is eager to go with Tirissa, to help her and to redeem himself. Along the way they get another member of their party, Storge. Storge is a n'er do well who finds himself pressed into service as a king's guard. He joins Tirissa and Oglo on their journey, reluctant at first to help but becoming a valued member of their group as time goes by.
It is good that Tirissa finds friends along the way, because she also finds many enemies. There are the horrific Beaks; men who transform into huge birds that attack humans, stabbing them as they swoop down. There are Kings and Princes that want to stop Tirissa's mission, hoping to gain power through helping the evil wizard that created the spell. There is a hellhound named The Tracker, who tries his best to bring down Tirissa. Finally, there is the wizard himself, with all his power and weapons. Can Tirissa stop his evil spells before everyone is destroyed?
Young readers will enjoy this rousing adventure. Tirissa is just twelve, and shows resourcefulness, loyalty, compassion and courage. The plot is exciting, and both heros and villians are imaginatively created. This book is recommended for children 9-12. It could easily be the first book in a series of Tirissa's adventures, and children will be eager to read of further tales.
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