Kara and Lyra land in some sort of glade, and are immediately surrounded by strange fairy creatures. Lyra identifies them as fairy wraiths … but these are different from the super-sexy guardians of the Gates of Avalon. They’re tiny fairies that seem to hold an unusual interest in Kara’s dress in the new edition:
Luminous wide eyes stared at Kara as tiny hands covered thin mouths. They were giggling.
“Uh … hello,” Kara started — then jumped. Three more had zipped under her skirt, forming moving lumps in the pink silk.
“Hey!” Kara quickly stood, shaking her curious visitors loose. “It’s rented!” She smoothed out the long dress.
Wow, I bet you didn’t expect pervy fairies in a kid’s book. Whatever, the presence of this new species of fairy wraith is a sign that Kara’s in the Fairy Realms.
Other animals are attracted to Kara, because her Unicorn Jewel is Just That Awesome. But then the animals suddenly bolt, because Kara unknowingly attracted something evil. Kara detects evil, and is soon surrounded by a bunch of ent-things. Or those evil tree things from The Wizard of Oz.
Kara fires some Magic Missiles at the wrags (that’s what the books calls them), but she’s ultimately saved by a black-clad boy who calls himself the Forest Prince … who decides to flirt with her in the new edition:
“Are you injured?” he cried, looking at the bent wing of Kara’s costume.
“Fine,” Kara answered, impressed with his concern for her fairy costume. “Didn’t even rip it.”
The boy stared at Kara in amazement. “You are truly a vision of beauty.”
“Oh, em…” She brushed her stained dress self-consciously. “I usually look much better than this, but I’ve had a rough morning.”
Kara demands that she be escorted to the nearest portal back to Earth. However, the Forest Prince insists on bringing Kara to the Fairy Ring, because she was supposed to arrive there. Apparently Kara has to be there, or the Five Kingdoms will go to war. Musso was hired by someone named Tangoo to find Kara and bring her to the Fairy Realms, but the portal he used was connected to a mirror in the forest, not the Fairy Ring. Oh, and there are no portals in the Fairy Realms, only magic mirrors that can be calibrated by Mirror Masters. Kara, of course, isn’t a Mirror Master, but she still has one trick up her sleeve: her dragonflies.
Unfortunately, the dragonflies can’t open a stable portal to Earth, so Kara is stuck on the Fairy Realms until she can find a Mirror Master … like that Tangoo fellow the Forest Prince mentioned. Kara does manage to contact Adriane before leaving with the Forest Prince, and gives her a really quick recap of everything that’s happened so far. And then she asks Adriane to cover for her at the play. Hmm, that should be interesting.
Oh! All the party members get their own dragonfly now for inter-party communications! Kara gets Goldie, Adriane gets Fred, and Emily gets Fiona. Wow, they should’ve done this earlier in the series whenever they split up.
So Kara and the Forest Prince walk through the forest, which gives them a perfect opportunity for an infodump. Now we know that the Five Kingdoms belong to the five major fairy races: the goblins, dwarves, trolls, elves, and fairies. We’ve already seen goblins, elves, and fairies, so I’m curious to know what dwarves and trolls look like in this series. Also, we get more information on the new fairy wraiths in the new edition:
“You should see me on a good day,” Kara quipped. “How’d you find me anyway?”
“It wasn’t hard, the wraiths put on a quite a show,” he said, walking alongside Kara. “People search their whole lives to just see one.”
Ah, so these are Jewel Riders fairy wraiths! In the show, they only dance once a year (or something like that), and only for Very Nice People.
The Forest Prince points out a path leading to the Fairy Ring, and then ditches Kara. Hey, at least he was nice enough to give Kara directions. Kara follows the path and finds herself in the Fairy Ring, which is basically the Friendship Circle from Jewel Riders, only made out of purple wisteria. Actually, all the buildings in this part of the world are created out of trees and other flora … kinda like the Faery Realm from Jewel Riders.
Anyway, all the fairy creatures in the
Friendship Circle Fairy Ring are pissed….
All mage party members receive: their own personal dragonfly!
The Forest Prince joins (and then leaves) the party! (He has a sword equipped.)
Next time: lots of arguing, and lots of changes.