There are two characters in Maisie who will be familiar to fans of the author. Jorga originally appeared in the novel “Of Sound Mind” as did the world of Mageia. The other character, Adam, first appeared in Lost Shadows. Adam plays a pivotal role in Maisie.
Maisie is a seven-year-old blind girl, although while dreaming and while in the mystical land of Mageia she is able to see clearly. It’s often hard to remember that Maisie is a child, when reading the story, due to the way she interacts with other characters but the reason behind this is cleverly revealed towards the end of the book. In this fantasy tale, the young girl soon starts to realise that she has many magical powers. For a seven year old all of the new discoveries are quite bewildering and confusing. The author portrays this brilliantly.
We follow Maisie in this adventure where she discovers that her destiny is to enter a strange new world and fight against the evil powers that threaten to destroy everything. She meets many colourful characters along the way, including fairies, elves, and giants. She is caught up in a win or lose situation and is helped along the way by a magical collection of characters that have a deeper connection to her than she knows.
One thing this author does well, and something that is a hallmark of her work, is introducing and developing multiple characters each with their own distinct quirks and foibles. It really is a skill and is not easy to master. There were a couple of times where I lost track of which character was speaking, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this intricate tale.
The story moves at a fast and furious pace and is full of intrigue, danger, and magic. It’s a wondrous adventure. The story flows well and introduces some interesting ideas about life and death, past lives and mortality.
Recommended for fantasy fans.