Book Review: Wings: A Fairy Tale

In Wings: A Fairy Tale, Tamisin Warner has always known she was different from her family and schoolmates.  After all, her freckles sparkle, her ears are pointed, and every full moon she is compelled to dance the night away.

One day when she is fifteen, she is sent home from school because of a rash across her back.  That night the rash cracks open and delicate wings emerge.

With her wings as evidence, Tamisin confronts her parents and learns the truth:  She was adopted.  Her parents want to help her find her birth parents, but the lawyer who handled the adoption has disappeared and they have no other leads except the mysterious new boy at school. . . .

On the alternate world of the fey, Jak Cattawampus is a halfling of the cat goblin clan.  Since he’s half human, the other goblins scorn him, especially his older cousin Nihlo.  Jak and Nihlo get into many fights, and one day Jak is wrongly accused of breaking Nihlo’s leg.  He is sent home from goblin school in disgrace.

At home, his Uncle Targin decides that Jak’s human side is an asset and sends him to Earth to find a human girl who can see goblins.  Jak suspects that Tamisin is the girl, but isn’t sure until he sees the effect the full moon has on her.

Jak, knowing how cruel his uncle’s family can be, is reuctant to take Tamisin back to the land of the fey, but doesn’t have any choice when they fall through a portal.  Tamisin just wants to go home, but Jak knows that other goblins are after her, and he decides to defy Targin’s wishes and take her to Titania, the Fairy Queen.  Tamisin reluctantly agrees, and the fugitives flee across the land in a race to reach Titania before the goblins can reach them.

E.D. Baker adds to her fairy tale collection with this delightful tale, which was inspired by A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  Tamisin is a great heroine, much like Emma from Baker’s The Tales of the Frog Princess, yet isn’t a cut-and-paste copy, and though Jak and Eadric  from Frog Princess are vastly different, they both add a satisfying fullness to their stories.  I would heartily recommend Wings to anyone who likes a fairy story.

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