CM Magazine Review - Door Into Faerie
Reviewed by: Ronald Hore
Door into Faerie is the fifth and final volume in the “Shards of Excalibur” series. The continuing story follows the two heroes, Ariane, a teenage girl anointed by The Lady of the Lake with the power to control water, and Wally Knight, a teenage boy and a descendent of King Arthur who has some of the powers of his ancestor. By book five, there is a budding romance.
Rex Major, an industrialist, is the villain and is actually the wizard Merlin trapped on Earth. Readers follow the points of view of all three main characters. Rex is searching for the shards of the magic sword Excalibur which, once complete, would allow him to control our world and invade Faerie. The Lady of the Lake leads the opposition to him, but she is unable to come here from Faerie. Because of that inability, The Lady of the Lake has granted Ariane her powers; Ariane can travel rapidly through any source of fresh water and take Wally with her.
When the book opens, the teenagers have two shards of Excalibur as does Rex Major. Rex also has Wally’s sister Felicia. Felicia hates Ariane and has the same powers as Wally. Both teams are searching for the remaining piece of the sword, the hilt. Whoever finds the hilt gains the completed sword. This volume takes readers from Saskatchewan, where the heroes are hiding, to Scotland in search of the hilt, and back again. The locales are well-described, and the pace of the action keeps the pages turning. The climactic battle brings all the characters together in a final and satisfying struggle for power.
Door into Faerie will appeal to young readers in search of adventure as well as adults who enjoy the timeless story of King Arthur. It represents a suitable ending to a story of youthful characters who have wandered the world and suffered several successes and failures in search of their goal.