The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse
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The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse


A princess and a peasant girl must embark on a dangerous quest to outwit a centuries-old warning foretelling the fall of the Monarchy in this modern fairytale.
In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could possibly conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse--something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear--holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.

After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn’t return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend--even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.

Title:The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:245 pages

    The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse Reviews

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Oct 16, 2015

    Fafa's Book Corner (Wordpress) Fafa's Book Corner (Blogger) I received this E-ARC via Algonquin Young Readers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this on Netgalley I simply as...

  • Shadowdenizen
    Nov 02, 2015

    Middle-grade fiction has come a long way and seriously evolved over the years, and that evolution is part of why I enjoy the genre so much to this day!The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse promises a rollic...

  • Rachel Stansel
    Nov 07, 2015

    The Secret of Dreadwilow Carse is the story of two girls living in Emberfell, Princess Jeniah and Aon. The 12 year old Princess' mother is dying and Jeniah must quickly learn to be queen. Her mother w...

  • Hope Sloper
    Dec 15, 2015

    After Laila and I read it the first time, we went back and read it again - we loved it that much.Read full review at:

  • Bailey
    Jun 18, 2016

    Rating: 4/5"Questions are the lamplight that lead us from the darkness. And you know what lamplight really is, yes? Fire. You should tread carefully your highness."~Skonas (The Secret of Dreadwillow C...

  • Joe
    Apr 07, 2017

    I'll keep this brief, because there's not much to say beyond that, for a comparatively slim middle grade fantasy novel, this one packs a punch. Refreshingly, it is not a Harry Potter retread, and it n...

  • Jordan
    Apr 07, 2016

    Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!While perusing my Goodreads shelf for this year, I realized I have read quite a few younger-aged aimed books this year - and that I have been enjoying it...

  • Diane
    Nov 29, 2015

    "It has been a land of peace and prosperity for a thousand years. Your first duty as queen is, and always will be, to protect that."Queen Sula - wants all her subjects to be happy ... and so they are....

  • Katherine
    Apr 12, 2016

    This review is also posted on!---Brian Farrey's THE SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE is a short-but-sweet fantasy tale for middle-grade readers that would be a perfect jumping-off point for y...

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    Dec 15, 2015

    The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse is the story of two girls living in Emberfell, Princess Jeniah and Aon. The 12 year old Princess' mother is dying and Jeniah must quickly learn to be queen. Her mother ...