The Feral Child

This is one book you can’t buy for Christmas, because it’s not out yet. But if the 5th of January could somehow be jiggled round to come before Christmas, I would suggest you buy a copy of The Feral Child for someone you know, and one for yourself. Unlike many books for 9+ this one is enjoyable for adults.

So there was no cause for me to worry. But one does, anyway. What if this new – first – book by someone who frequents this blog were to turn out to be boring or badly written? But Che Golden writes books the way she comments on blogs; intelligently and with wit and humour.

The book has a very strong first chapter. You just want to go on. There is nothing wobbly about this beginner.

Che Golden, The Feral Child

I am quite fond of Tír na nÓg, although I have to say that Che has put some vicious faeries in her version. (For visiting purposes I’d much rather go to Kate Thompson’s Tír na nÓg, where the people are inept but friendly in a charming Irish sort of way.) But if they weren’t unpleasant there would be no adventure.

Maddy is a second generation Irish English girl, who has come to Blarney to live with her grandparents when her parents died. As we all do, she discovers that the lovely holiday destination is much less fun when you have to stay forever. She’s very unhappy, and her cousins aren’t too friendly towards her, either. ‘Dealing with prats like Danny, one of the nastiest people you could meet this side of an ASBO.’

She likes her toddler neighbour Stephen best, and when he’s snatched by a faerie one night, and taken to Tír na nÓg, Maddy sets off to rescue him. Unfortunately she can’t shake off her cousins, so they end up coming along on this dangerous journey. Some people – like Maddy’s grandfather – believe in faeries, but most people in Blarney don’t.

The Feral Child is a fantastic read, and has a nice Irish feel to it. I’m becoming increasingly partial to Irish books. It’s the first of a trilogy, and I’m looking forward to more Maddy, and wondering what on earth she can get up to next time. Will it be back to known enemies, or will she discover new ones?

5 responses to “The Feral Child

  1. It sounds intriguing – especially the less-than-lovely-travelling companions. You’ve convinced me to look out for this one!

  2. Oh I’m so glad you recommend it – it’s one I’ve been watching out for. I read a draft version maybe three years ago, and I still remember it vividly.
    I know what my christmas book token will be spent on!

  3. Thank you Bookwitch for my first review! Thank goodness it was a good one. Elen, has it really been three years? You were the first person to say they liked my book and they wanted to read it and I jumped around the room when I got the email, shrieking like an eejit. I’m scared and excited about next year, which is when I am going to find out if the public like what I do, so I shall be keeping this review as a comfort blanket. Thank you again! xx

  4. Well, Linda, you never know what the fearie neighbourhood will do to near ASBO relatives…
    Good idea, Elen, but how do you know what you’re getting for Christmas? No peeking!
    Che, if I’d known you required a blanket I’d have waffled much longer. It’s cold out there. But I suspect you won’t be getting too many bad reviews with a book like yours.

  5. Sounds lovely – and a beautiful cover, too!

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