Read an excerpt from Trix and the Faerie Queen by Alethea Kontis (Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway)


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Trix and the Faerie Queen (Books of Arilland Book #6)Trix and the Faerie Queen
(Books of Arriland #6)
by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 210 Pages
March 28th 2016

Summary

Join Trix Woodcutter on an epic new animal-filled adventure!

Fey magic and animal magic: that troublemaking imp Trix Woodcutter has both, if not the ability to use them to their full potential. While traveling with his companion—the golden girl Lizinia—to see the King of Eagles, Trix is sent a vision of the Faerie Queen, who is in desperate need of his help. An evil sorceress has stormed Faerie and trapped all the fey magic under the Hill, leaving the Faerie Queen powerless! Trix’s talent for communicating with animals is desperately needed…but before he braves the wild world of Faerie he must arm himself, with nothing less than the bow and arrows of a god.

With the help of his gilded companion, her ghost-cat godfather, a blind brownie and a sister or two, the Boy Who Talks to Animals must befriend a mischievous leprechaun, best a wolf, and journey into the depths of Faerie to restore order and free the fey magic before the imbalance destroys the world.

Trix and the Faerie Queen is second in The Trix Adventures and sixth in the Books of Arilland.

Fans of the Woodcutter Sisters: Desperate to know what happened to Saturday and Peregrine after they found Trix at the end of HERO? Here’s your chance!

  
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Excerpt

Chapter 1: The Emissary (Part 2)

With a wave of Trix’s hand, the trout swam up beneath Lizinia and nestled under her arms, propelling upward with their strong tails. They made faster progress than Lizinia had been making on her own, but their scales continued to slip off Lizinia’s slick golden skin. Trix’s heart pounded in his chest, desperate for air. He grabbed her hands and tried to pull her up on his own, but even with his new and improved body, Lizinia’s gold was easily half again his weight.
Trix caught Lizinia’s eye. He forced himself not to be frightened. Just as he was about to lose all hope—and any chance of breathing again—they began to ascend. Trix swam down to Lizinia’s feet. Her golden slippers rested upon the backs of two very fine snapping turtles. Her head broke the surface soon after that, and they both gasped for air. After a few deep, blissful breaths, Trix helped pull his companion to the shore.
“Perhaps our next attempt at swimming should be in a shallower pond,” she said when she caught her breath.
“Perhaps indeed. Thank you, friends!” Trix patted the heads of the turtles and bid them farewell before turning back to Lizinia. “I’m sorry. I did not think about the gold.”
“I didn’t think about it either,” said Lizinia. “Which is more my fault, since it is my gold.”
“I should have at least had the trout check the depth for us.”
Lizinia waved her hands and then let them fall to the grass. “Next time.”
Trix rolled onto his back, his breath finally slowing to an even rhythm, and thought about how grateful he was that there would be a next time. He stared up into the sky and thanked every star scattered there. This had once been one of his favorite pastimes, before the Impossible Ocean and the start of his adventures.
“Were you scared?” he asked.
There was a pause before Lizinia answered. “I think I forgot to be scared. I was too busy trying to climb back up.”
Trix smiled. It was the sort of thing he would have said. “You just jumped right in and I didn’t even think…does that mean you can’t take any of your clothes off? Not even your shoes?” When Lizinia had told him the story of how the cats had dipped her in gold, she had said that her greedy mother and sister could not remove her golden clothes, try as they might. But she hadn’t mentioned that they couldn’t be removed at all.
“No,” she said. “I don’t mind, too much. This is a fine dress, and it protects me from everything.”
Trix had enough sisters to know that the tone of her voice hid something. “But?”
From beside him on the grass, he heard Lizinia exhale. “It will sound silly, I know, but I miss colors.”
“You could wear a dress over your dress. Or an apron or something.”
“That sounds even sillier.”
She was right. Outfitting Lizinia would be an unnecessary burden.
“I miss baths, too,” she said. “I had high hopes for our swimming adventure.”
“As did I,” said Trix, though for different reasons. He’d wanted to feel like he was home, just for a little while. He missed the Wood, his family, and the life he’d lived as the boy he wasn’t anymore. He sent up a few wistful pleas to the stars. And when his thoughts stopped being selfish and shifted back to Lizinia, he realized he had missed something fairly important. 

Other Books in the Series

Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Trixter (Books of Arilland #3)Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3)Tales of Arilland (Books of Arilland #5)
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About the Author


Alethea Kontis is a princess, author, fairy godmother, and geek. Her bestselling Books of Arilland fairytale series won two Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards (Enchanted and Tales of Arilland), and was twice nominated for the Andre Norton Award. Alethea also penned the AlphaOops picture books, The Wonderland AlphabetDiary of a Mad Scientist Garden GnomeBeauty & DynamiteThe Dark-Hunter Companion (w/Sherrilyn Kenyon), and a myriad of poems, essays, and short stories. Princess Alethea lives and writes on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie. You can find her on her YouTube channel, all the social media, and at www.aletheakontis.com.

Tour Schedule

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April 8th: Grand Finale

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