Who else loves magical books filled with dreamy forests and fairies?
Once in a while, a book comes along with the ability to transport you into an enchanted world. I recently had the privilege of reading Bridget Collins’ (Flora Forager) debut fantasy middle-grade novel, “Moth Dust”, and I’ve never felt more carried away into such a beautiful, almost Midsummer Night’s Dream-like forest setting with wonderful characters.
Flora, a spunky girl who loves foraging and has all the gumption and spirit of Anne of Green Gables, lives in the very magical woods of Silkwood Forest. Having lost her parents at a young age, Flora and her Gran live in a fairytale-like cottage deep among the trees.
Her Gran, who has mysterious and magical weaving/spinning powers, loves to tell Flora old legends about the Moth Fairies who once used to call the forest their home. However, Flora becomes curious about these stories, as some of them feel like they might have really happened.
In a strange turn of events, Flora’s Gran goes missing, and a peculiar woman shows up and takes Flora to a nearby textile mill, which seems to hold many secrets, including answers to Flora’s past.
But all is not what it seems at the mill. Upon arriving, Flora meets other orphans who work at the mill, but the children seem to be held under a spell, a spell Flora is beginning to feel swayed by herself. Through new-found friendship and magic, Flora and her friends must break free and escape from the mill and unlock the mystery and secrets of her family’s past before the wicked, magical forces of Silkwood Forest and those at the mill close in on the children.
If you are a nature/cottagecore lover and enjoy 1980s and 90s animated films like “FernGully”, “Thumbelina”, and “The Secret of NIHM”–as well as plucky characters like Anne of Green Gables–you will love this book.
Collins is a masterful storyteller, whose voice and style harken back to classic British children’s literature.
This is the perfect novel to cozy up with with a cup of tea and forget the troubles of the outside world.
Moreover, Collins’ sparkly illustrations will pull you into a magically webbed dreamscape that you’ll never want to leave.
Truly destined to be the next fairy-tale classic, this was one of my absolute favorite fantasy reads of the year and is a dreamy, magical adventure tale for fantasy lovers of all ages!
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Thanks for reading!
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