Date Published: 8/25/2013
The award-winning Young Adult adventure series reaches its penultimate volume! This collection contains the following books:
Book 7: The Giant Slayer
Europe: birthplace of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. An unfamiliar land, brimming with its own breed of Corrupted who hide in the shadows, growing more evil with each passing day. For modern-day hero Alice Goodenough, this is more than enough to worry about. But she also has a fencing tournament to think about.
And a promise to keep with Sam Grayle, a Corrupted dwarf who schemes for more and more wealth. When their train breaks down in a small town in eastern Hungary, Alice finds the legacy of the hero is alive and well. Corrupted have visited this town before, and they aren’t quite vanquished just yet. There’s one left, hiding away, biding his time to enact a terrible price on his enemies. A little creature with big, big plans …
Werewolves. Vampires. Giants. Europe is a different place with new dangers, new monsters and new surprises.
Book 8: Darkness Rising
200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm brought their stories to life.
But why? The question has haunted the heroes for two centuries, and no one has come close to the truth. Alice Goodenough will learn the terrible truth. And it will come at a terrible cost.
The fencing tournament is in just a few short days. Alice’s team is hopelessly outmatched, facing off against fencers who have more experience and an inhuman amount of energy. But the other fencers also have a special drug, one that Alice’s team can use to even the playing field. Whether they should take the drug or not threatens to tear the team apart.
Meanwhile, Alice must live up to her agreement with Sam Grayle, who lusts after a hidden treasure that once belonged to the Corrupted. Alice must team up with a group of explorers and delve deep into a forbidden cave that holds more secrets than any of them expected.
Book 9: Malevolence
The Malevolence has been biding its time inside Castle Vontescue, but now Alice must finally confront it. The very same evil force that brought the Grimms’ fairy tales to life now threatens the hero and all she holds dear. No one is safe in the darkness.
But what, exactly, is this centuries-old creature? To find that out, Br’er Rabbit will have to use all of his wits and decode a series of clues before time runs out. Meanwhile, Alice must keep her friends close and fight through her numerous injuries if she hopes to stop the evil.
But nothing is certain. Alice’s body is breaking down. Her loved ones are in constant danger. There is no escape now … soon, she must face off against the ancient evil that lurks within Castle Vontescue.
And there will be blood.
This volume also contains the following extras:
- The lost diary of Abigail Bauer
- An exclusive introduction
… And the following Grimms’ Fairy Tales:
- Hans in Luck
- The Brave Little Tailor
- Tom Thumb
- Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Best Fiction Makes You Think
By Ken Brosky
When was the last time you read a book that really made you think? Not think about the story and the characters (although that’s part of it) … I’m talking about some serious brain gear grinding here. I think the last one that I read was Plague of Doves by Barbara Erenreich.
I remember thinking about the story (that’s always the start of it), and then I remember thinking a lot about how we think about history in our everyday life. Who decides what history is taught? How do we approach the nooks and crannies of history and what do we make of the inconsistencies? Christopher Columbus did some horrible, horrible things … how many people know that? Why don’t they know that?
So my brain gears started grinding, and they didn’t stop for a long, long time. I’d stopped thinking about the story in Plague of Doves (and it’s definitely a great story) and I’d gone beyond that into the real world. I was thinking about real things, and how I interacted with those things on a regular basis. So we’ve been told that on this date in history, this even occurred and here’s what’s important about that. OK. Good start. But who decided what was important? Who recorded this information?
This is what the best fiction does. It goes beyond the fictional world and enters our real world. It gives us pause to think about how we choose to live our lives and how we look at the world around us.
As a reader, you can approach fiction this way by simply keeping the story in your head. After you put the book down, keep thinking about the story you’re reading. How does that story interact with your own world. What parallels can you draw between the two? Think. Think harder! Think even harder! Huck Finn believed that slavery was OK because the Bible said so. Let this thought travel with you on your daily errands. How does it apply to our own world?
As a writer, consider how the reader might take your fictional world and apply it to the real world. Consider what message you want to get through and how you want the reader to interpret the message. Leave it open-ended enough for the reader to make his/her own choices rather than pounding them over the head. OK, sometimes you can pound them over the head with a message. But it’s also important to let the reader think critically on their own and draw their own conclusions.
No matter who you are—reader or writer or both—always remember: fiction has the potential to change the world.
Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. To date, he’s had more than a dozen short stories published in literary journals, including Gargoyle, Barcelona Review and Midwestern Gothic.
This is Isabella Fontaine’s first Young Adult series. In addition to managing the family farm, she also enjoys providing design-related services for those who meet the qualification of “fashion nightmare.”
We devised 3 “rules” for this Young Adult series. All three are important to us.
1. There are no love triangles. We’ve set this as an explicit rule. Our main character might find love, but she won’t be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.
2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn’t mean she can’t kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.
3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters … but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.