The Seventh Magpie

The Seventh Magpie Sometimes you must give up what you value most to gain what you want even Princess Catrin is just a child when her mother vanishes leaving her a cryptic legacy a priceless magical book and the warni

  • Title: The Seventh Magpie
  • Author: NancyChase Katrina Sesum
  • ISBN: 9781507754832
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Seventh Magpie

    Sometimes you must give up what you value most to gain what you want even .Princess Catrin is just a child when her mother vanishes, leaving her a cryptic legacy a priceless magical book and the warning that if Catrin ever loses it, she ll surely die But she is a young woman on the brink of a whole new life when, in a moment of defiance, she forgets that warning andSometimes you must give up what you value most to gain what you want even .Princess Catrin is just a child when her mother vanishes, leaving her a cryptic legacy a priceless magical book and the warning that if Catrin ever loses it, she ll surely die But she is a young woman on the brink of a whole new life when, in a moment of defiance, she forgets that warning and triggers a catastrophe that shatters all her hopes.Stricken with grief and seeking a way to correct her terrible mistake, Catrin risks everything on a dangerous bargain Too late, she realizes just how much she has to lose.With advice from a half mad witch and help from companions she meets along the way, Catrin embarks on a desperate quest to defeat seven riddling Magpies magical tricksters who can shapeshift into anything or anyone and win back her book or face losing everything she holds dear.With each step the stakes get higher, and there are secrets she still doesn t suspect How much is Catrin willing to sacrifice to finally unmask the Seventh Magpie A dark fairy tale of loss and renewal.

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    1. ☙ percy ❧

      dnf at 40% i was expecting some epic fantasy story but instead i got a middle-grade fairy tale?? and i only like middle grade if it's really, really good, and this was not. this just isn't my sort of thing, it seemed lacking depth and juvenile, and i'm so so so bored. but maybe i'm just the wrong audience (in fact, i probably am) so if "middle-grade fairy tale" sounds cool to you then you'll probably like this.

    2. Shadowdenizen

      A cold-hearted king. A willfull princess. A mad witch. A magic book. A lovelorn sailor. "The Seventh Magpie" takes all these familiar fantasy tropes and blends them into something both eeriely familiar and yet breathtakingly fresh at the same time.Like all the best fairy-tales, this book, from the very first page, transports you to a magical world, and doesn't let you go until the very last page. In turn bittersweer and heartwarming, I would liken this favorably to some of my other favorite mode [...]

    3. Intisar Khanani

      Actual rating: 4.5 starsA lyrically-told fairy tale, poignant and bittersweet to the end, The Seventh Magpie is an exquisite debut by author Nancy Chase. Billed as a tale of "loss and renewal," this novel offers a story of hope and despair, life and death, intertwined and inseparable by their very nature. We begin the tale when Princess Catrin is a young child, and witness both her mother's mysterious and terrible disappearance, and the gifting of a bejeweled golden book to Catrin. Chase expertl [...]

    4. Louisa Watson

      The Seventh Magpie is a beautifully-crafted, finely-written fairytale about a princess on a personal quest. Crushed by loss and embittered by the expectations of her people, Catrin sets out to solve the riddles of seven magpies and recover the Best Story in the World. She is aided by a witch who extracts a painful price for each piece of advice, and she is hindered by her misguided father, who can only think about the fabulous marriage he is planning for her.Catrin begins her quest feeling wretc [...]

    5. Satis

      The Seventh Magpie is billed as a “dark fairy tale of loss and renewal”. I would possibly debate the tag “dark”; so many things these days are dark, and inasmuch as death, grief and despair are dark, this story has just as much darkness as a traditional Hans Christian Anderson tale. As far as calling it a fairy tale it is on par with the aforementioned master, if not, in places, better.In it, we witness young Princess Catrin sent away from her home and her father in the wake of her mothe [...]

    6. The Literary Connoisseur

      In this dark fairytale, the princess becomes the hero more ways than one.When Princess Catrin's mother vanishes unexpectedly, her father finds that the only way to cope is to send Catrin far away until she becomes of marrying age. Then he will have her sent back home and married, against her will.But Catrin isn't pleased with this choice. She decides to choose her own life, and she falls in love with a sailor that she's known since she was littlebut fate has something else in store for Catrin an [...]

    7. Elisabeth Wheatley

      Reading this made me feel like a little girl again, curled up with Mommy while she was reading me princess stories. There is a whimsical, magical feel to this story that I haven’t truly encountered in contemporary literature before. It is a singular story that seems to cast a category all its own, creating something that truly comes across as an old-timey fairytale while creating something completely new. The fantastic illustrations add splendidly to the storybook feel and I immensely enjoyed [...]

    8. Nils Visser

      Nancy Chase’s The Seventh Magpie deserves an accolade for its splendid cover which can hardly fail to excite curiosity and every one of the sublime illustrations by Katrina Sesum managed to evoke an emotional response in me; I felt I was interacting with Chase’s world already, in touch with whatever cranial processes drive the special partnership of creation when writer and illustrator find themselves on a par. Despite my increasing curiosity at the content of the book I postponed the experi [...]

    9. Anne Wright

      The Seventh Magpie by Nancy ChaseI gave this book 4 out of 5I really like the book and the story was fascinating but slight to short.Each of the quests could have been longer the journey more dangerous or fun and it could have included interaction with other people. We could have had more descriptions of the surrounding land. All the things that ground the fantasy land and give it substance.The story was good and I really enjoyed it, but too short, to quick to get to the solution of each riddle. [...]

    10. Anita Mcconnell

      A charming, quick read about a princess on a magical quest. I loved the tone of the story - full of magic, with a wistful yet determined heroine, it strongly reminded me of an Andersen fairytale. The writing is beautiful and really brings to life the various magical settings the princess explores on her quest (I particularly loved the wheat fields). I found the ending a little unsatisfying, but I didn't really know what to expect. The main draw of this book is the adventure, magic and the riddle [...]

    11. S. Wideman

      I loved this book! I am recommending it to all my friends. I really couldn't put it down and simply devoured it in a matter of moments. Our story is about Catrin, a princess who is gifted a magical book by her mother. She is told to only read one page a day and never lose the book. And then, she is sent away. She falls in love with Geoffrey, a sailor, but as a princess, she must marry a prince. Typical anger fills Catrin, and she breaks her word to only read one page in the book a day, setting t [...]

    12. S.D. Curran

      I must admit, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. I read Nancy’s other story about trickster birds on her website, and while I enjoyed that, I was hoping this one would be even more beautiful. Nancy does not disappoint. This is a raw fairy tale in that it is definitely not for young children, but hints of the great stories collected by the Brothers’ Grimm with a touch of courage and chivalry included for flavor. I have already spoken to my wife about this wonderful story, and we plan on readi [...]

    13. Leslie Monroe

      Chase weaves an enchanting tale with the Seventh Magpie.  She draws you into the story quickly and you find yourself caught in lives of the royal family.  The tale's conclusion was unexpected and yet the entire story feels familiar.  This haunting tale will pull you into a magical world of dreams and riddles.  Very fun read and I'm looking forward to reading it to my kids (when they get older 3rd grade).  I loved the illustrations and found myself completely surprised at every twist and tur [...]

    14. Wendy Strain

      The Seventh Magpie by Nancy Chase is beautifully told with true fairy tale magic singing through its lines. Inclusive of giants, monsters, undead creatures, and numerous souls that need saving, it also delivers a princess who must depend on herself and her own wits to become the hero her land needs. Of course she gains help along the way, but not all of it is offered simply and without cost. Engaging and focused, the story delivers everything it promises. Longer review on my blog. Definitely a 5 [...]

    15. Patty Andrews

      Best adult faire tale I have ever readConsidering the tales by the Brothers Grimm, which were changed during the Victorian era so they did not scare the small children. The Grimm tales were indeed Grimm, and very blood thirsty. This reminds me of those tales but the twist at the end is superb.

    16. Rebecca

      DNF at 25%. The writing is enjoyable and story itself is interesting -- but I'm beginning to realise that I like the idea of fairytales way more than the stories themselves. Earlier this year I sloughed my way through a collection of Grimm's fairy tales. I loved all the stories but disliked reading them. I have no problems with retellings though.

    17. Jett Wyatt

      A really enjoyable fantasy from an author I was not familiar with -- I will be looking for more of here work. There were some interesting plot twists (especially the ending, which made complete sense but I didn't see coming!) and the princess was a novel take on a rather stock character.

    18. V.R.

      Beautifully told and illustrated. I loved the dark aspects of the story in particular. A story a long time in the making. This one is not to be missed.

    19. Jool

      This book is written as a fairy tale. At first I was not sure about it, but I soon found myself absorbed in the story - and the fact that there is so much symbolism and meaning behind it. I enjoyed it!Perhaps I need to go back and read Grimm and Andersen now that I am older!

    20. Scott Kaelen

      I reserve dishing out 5 stars only for books that I can't fault at all. This included the crafting of the story itself, the level of writing ability, the quality of editing throughout, the formatting, and the overall experience from first seeing the front cover to finally closing the book after reading it. I don't give out 5 stars unless the experience utterly deserves it. The Seventh Magpie deserves it.The Seventh Magpie was a plasure to read. A modern fairy tale and a personal journey that cou [...]

    21. Kerry

      The style of the fairy tale is so because it is an old form with many different versions sometimes conflating into one story. In mimicking this form, and in order to produce a satisfying, coherent read, the writer must be able to still adhere to elements of modern stories that give them their strength, including character development, proper pacing, believable cause-and-effect, and characters written in three dimensions rather than two. Unfortunately, this book was difficult to read because acti [...]

    22. Cmoore

      This was a nice break from the some of other books (apocalyptic stories) I've been reading lately This is a lovely fairy tale I've mostly avoided fairy tales because you either find a Disney version or something that's totally grim/dark. But this story kinda does a dance between the 2 and the book so beautiful, with a gorgeous illustration for every chapter If you have kids, especially if they like princesses, get this story And then workout the magpie riddles together

    23. Andrea Degenhardt

      Marvelous fairy taleThis story has all the elements of a classic fairytale: a princess, a prince, a curse, a quest, transformation and redemption. It teaches wisdom and touches the heart and soul. The ending is not the expected, but very much in line with classic fairytale endings (before Disney). It recaptures what I always loved about fairy tales - that sense of old world magic that lingers today in old forests and other wild places.

    24. Kim Power

      A fey fable The Seventh Magpie takes old Celtic myths and turns them on their heads to weave a dream-like landscape as the setting for the stories within stories that blend in surreal fashion. It is entrancing, and yet strangely passionless, as fairy tales seemed drained of the passions that once must have given them birth. Somehow, I never felt any doubt that Caitlin would solve her riddles. What is surprising is the resolution.

    25. Maggie

      Following traditional fairytale lines, this book read like the plot of a family film. I enjoyed the familiar themes-, a quest, repetition, riddles- but the more modern touch- a heroine, a non-traditional ending, dysfunctional parenting-will be popular with children who want something a little harder edged than many of the newer stories on offer. Nicely lyrical in descriptions- so often missing from this genre, but so important in developing language and imagination. I enjoyed it.

    26. Amanda

      3.75 stars. An interesting, dark tale about a short-sighted princess who chooses to ignore a promise and gets herself and everyone around her into deep trouble. There are great characters (except for the princess, who is pretty dumb), riddles to solve, and a bunch of magpies who seem to be running the show. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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