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The Light-Bearer's Daughter (The Chronicles of Faerie #3)

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The third book in this critically acclaimed trilogy, which "Booklist" described as shimmering with magic, myth, and romance
Dana has few memories of her mother, who disappeared when she was small. But she has always dreamed, despite her fathers discouragement, that her mother would come back one day. When her dad decides to leave Ireland and take a job across the ocean in
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Amulet (first published March 1st 2001)
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Jan 01, 2016 Shelby rated it really liked it
It was good! I thought it was way better than the first book in the series.
Jan 19, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Having read the first two books of the series, I was quite excited to read of the new adventures in the world of faerie in The Light-Bearer's Daughter. However, I found my enthusiasm being destroyed by the plot. Here was my first dilemma: her PETA rant. I love animals, I respect them, however, she makes it seems like anyone (or everyone) who doesn't bend over backwards to protect them is evil. In one part of the book, Dana's ancestor wolf (yes wolf) shows her that
Aug 03, 2009 Lexidreams rated it it was ok
I am a wuss for lovely descriptions but they can not make a bad book good and if this book didn't have them I would give it away immedietly. The characters are obviously dumbed down and idealized which is why I felt and still feel so much this book is meant for a much younger audience (not that I think children deserve all the crappy books but they do notice it less). No sooner is she running because someone probably wants to rape her, than she's thinking how pretty the trees look in the light. ...more
May 15, 2008 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The Light-Bearer's Daughter was just ok. There were some fun, interesting moments, such as Dana's meeting up with the boggles, but for the most part this story was somewhat repetitive and monotonous. I was rather surprised to see the first two Chronicles of Faerie books tied in as I didn't see much of a tie between the first two and have even thought the books didn't require reading in sequence, but now I think maybe they should.
Shazza Maddog
Sep 26, 2011 Shazza Maddog rated it it was amazing
It seems like there is a derth of books taking place in the land of Faerie recently. When I picked this one up, it was one of at least four new books at the library, all set in the realm of the fey.

Our lead character is a girl named Dana, who, like many other heroines, is motherless. She doesn't know what happened to her mother to make her disappear. Her father is Gabe, a musician, who has decided that living in Ireland as a single father is not what he should be doing; he should return to his h
I wanted to like this book more than I did, but I still enjoyed it.

Much like one of the previous tales in this series, The Hunter's Moon I believe it was, this book lost my interest about halfway through. It wasn't that the story was terrible or uninteresting, I think for me it was the author's writing style, which is simplistic in a lot of ways, more for young teens it seems like. The narrative felt very dry in places, and scenes happened either too quickly or too slowly for me.

I was very sur
Deborah Andreasen
Jan 27, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it really liked it
Twelve year old Dana lives in Ireland with her Canadian father. Her mother disappeared when Dana was just three years old. Her father, Gabe, decides it's time they move back to his homeland, and Dana is sent into a fury thinking when she realizes leaving means losing all hope that they'll ever find her mother. Suddenly a strange young woman appears and gives her a mission. Deliver a message to King Lugh, a Faerie king, and a wish will be granted.

Dana knows exactly what she wants to wish for. Sh
This book was all right. There is some really compelling backstory to this book, but you don't really learn about it until halfway through. My biggest problem was with how aimless Dana's journey seems, especially at the beginning. She really has no idea what she's doing, all the obstacles she faces seem relatively pointless, and she doesn't ever really seem to do anything for herself despite being told by everyone repeatedly that this is her journey and so she has to do it herself. When she's no ...more
Aug 03, 2007 Grace rated it really liked it
Melling's book is definitely a mixed bag. Not to say that his writing is ever "bad" per se, but it is terribly disjointed. At times, he appears to be writing a children's book with plot similar to a trip down a rabbit hole. In other sections, he appears to be writing a ballad or epic. The changes in tone and atmosphere are distracting.

The other negative I can mention is his frustrating over-use of biblical quotes, never identified as such. Being a lover of myth and faeries who has had a Christia
Jul 17, 2009 Victoria rated it liked it
This book falls in the middle for me; it wasn't as bland as "Hunter's Moon," but not quite as engaging as "The Summer King."

Dana Faolan is upset with her father's news that they are leaving Ireland for Canada. She cannot shake the feeling that her mother, who disappeared when she was young, is still out there somewhere. So when the High Queen of Faerie (Honor from the previous book), comes asking that she deliver a message to the ancient wilderness king Lugh, Dana accepts.

There are brand new myt
I very much enjoyed this entry in Melling's Chronicles of Faerie series, though without a romantic interest, I'll admit I didn't love it quite as much as her others. Yeah, I'm a sucker for the romance.
That said, I still adore her take on the Fae of Ireland, and her representation of the little people and their various homes. I LOVE how varied she keeps her cast of characters. Granted, there are a lot of variations on the Fae out there to work with, but so many authors forget that. But not Mellin
Kathleen F
Feb 29, 2008 Kathleen F rated it it was ok
I had to finish Melling's trilogy. Of the three, I believe this was my least favorite--largely because the plot was a bit emptier than the other two. Also, I suppose, by book three, one gets a bit incredulous about the fairy world (or, if you prefer, the artier 'realm of faerie') being in crisis *yet again* and finding out that only a young teenage girl can save it. I'm all for female protagonists in young adult/fantasy books, but this seems truly formulaic. I mean, even Harry Potter had Hermion ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Ameena rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, this book was beautiful. My expectations were low after reading the Summer King, but this book was...oh, it was wonderful. So much drama, so much...I just can't describe it. I loved it. The end was so beautiful, I had to flee the living room to my bedroom so I could weep in peace. Not that the ending was sad,, so beautiful. I wasn't expecting much because of the Summer King, and plus I had the memory of the Hunter's Moon's awesomness, but this one is my new favourite Faerie ...more
Oct 18, 2009 Melanie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: children ages 8-12
This was actually a 1.5 but I did not have the heart to round it back to a one no matter how bad it was. I was hoping to acquire a new understanding of Irish folklore while reading this book but nothing ever made sense! I was seriously disappointed with this one. It was just a little more horrible that Hunter's Moon. The writing is saddening. I was almost to the point of leaving it halfway. However, I wanted to find out if the end would make much more sense. Turns out, the end is even more painf ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Maren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-356-1-12
12 year old Dana lives in Ireland with her single father, but not for long. He has just informed her that they will be moving to Canada. This news is devastating to Dana who has always hoped that her long lost mother would come searching for her. Just when she thinks all hope is lost a messenger from faerie searches Dana out to seek her help in reviving the faerie king who is in a deep sleep. On her journey Dana encounters several citizens of faerie who both help and hinder her on her way. As sh ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Aug 23, 2009 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I think this was my favorite of the series so far.. there is one book after this one. It's next on my list.

Dana is the daughter of Gabriel and Edane. Edane disappeared when Dana was three years old, leaving her to be raised by her musicain father. They are struggling financially and Gabe has the opportunity to accept a job in Canada, which means they will have to move from Ireland.

Dana is approached by the fey and given a task to wake King Lugh and save fairy from the evil that is approaching an
Michael (Mai)
Jan 08, 2009 Michael (Mai) rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I didn't really enjoy this book. The main reason is the author's writing style and motivations. Her writing style felt really drawn out because of all the lists. Why is it necessary to list every single item of food at a banquet? These lists are frequent and just go on and on.

What do I mean by motivations? It seemed heavily steeped in "hippiness," meaning "we must save the earth" is a prevalent theme. That would be ok but it was just so frequent that it seemed like it was being rammed down my t
May 23, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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May 11, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Much better than The Summer King, although now I see why that entry in the series was important. I definitely liked seeing more of the different types of fairies and how their society works. I also really liked the inter-connectedness of the previous two books, how they are clearly setting up for a finale. But I was very glad there was no romance as there was in the previous two books, since I felt that took away from the story. Beautiful descriptions of Ireland, as usual. The time-jumping actua ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Treasa rated it liked it
Suprisingly this series is getting better as they go. This one was the best one for me. I wasnt going to finish the series but I have decided to. It will be interesting to see where the author goes from here. The light-bearer's daughter was a lot different from the others. A 12yo girl on a quest to save Faerie, again as in all the other books. Along the way she discovers strength in herself she didn't know she had and also somthing about her past that she never knew. If I was to reread it I woul ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Kit rated it it was amazing
Even better than Hunter's Moon, this is the story of twelve-year-old Dana, who's sent on a mission to help save Faerie. She's only doing it because she knows she'll get a wish granted, and she wants to find her mother who left her and her father when she was a baby.

Dana is an appealing character, brave and smart while still being a believable preteen. You can feel how nervous her loving dad is at being on the verge of raising a teenage girl by himself. All the mythical characters Dana meets on h
Dena Landon
May 14, 2011 Dena Landon rated it it was amazing
I loved the first two books in this series, and somehow managed to miss it when the third and fourth came out. But I found this on the library shelf the other day and squealed with glee. Set in her native Ireland, which the author obviously loves, the story weaves together the life of a young girl, Dana, and her quest to find her missing mother, with that of Faerie and the fate of a threatened forest of old oak. Part mythical journey and hero's quest and part an environmental message rooted in t ...more
Nancy Dawe
Jan 06, 2014 Nancy Dawe rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fantasy
With the conclusion of the first 3 books in The Chronicles of Faerie, my feelings remain mixed on the series. I find Melling's writing to be clipped and formal. The stories are heavy handed in their messaging (e.g. alluding to the holocaust when condemning the food industry). The stories are interesting, but I remember them more fondly in general recollection than I enjoyed them when actually reading; I value the imagination and broad tableaus more than the actual writing. I do like that the sto ...more
Lorien Rhys
Jun 09, 2016 Lorien Rhys rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
This was a fun read! The book was set in Ireland and people who love Ireland this book's for you. Dana needs to find the king because she has a messenge for him from the King of Faerie. Usually I detest books that have fairies in it but this was an exception because it had a wolf in it of course! For a short amount of time. I would've liked it if the wolf was around for longer. The writing was....slow but not to slow where you're not interested in the story anymore. I loved all the encounters Da ...more
Dayna Smith
The Chronicles of Faerie continue in this third thrilling installment. Dana's mother disappeared when she was very young. Her musician father wants to move back to his home in Canada, but if they leave how will her mother ever find them? Just when all seems lost Dana meets a Lady in the woods who promises Dana her heart's desire in return for a favor. Dana must undertake a perilous mission to deliver a message, but can Faerie ever be truly trusted? Melling weaves old Irish mythology and modern I ...more
Feb 19, 2010 Ashton rated it really liked it
Another awesome installment. I like these a lot - they are very real faery stories. It's cool that they weave between the present world and the faery kingdom rather than in the ancient past when of course magic existed. I like either setting, really, but these are just so authentic sounding. The world is easy to imagine, and, if I'm not mistaken, are based on places the author has lived. I also enjoy the Gaelic passages with translations interspersed in the speech of the characters.
Jun 27, 2010 Shaylin rated it liked it
A step away from the first two, and not entirely a good thing. First of all, the character is much younger. For me, it made the book a little less interesting because of the change in narrating style. Second, the story is a little slow in developing. The book was lengthy, and didn't really need to be. I liked Dana, and the wolf twist was an interesting one. Still a good book, just didn't quite measure up to expectations.
Toni Garcia
Aug 05, 2010 Toni Garcia rated it it was amazing
Save the Trees!, March 3, 2010

This review is from: The Chronicles of Faerie: The Light-Bearer's Daughter (Paperback)
Finally a book that fits with the last. The second book was separate from the first which I thought was wierd not very connected. but this book was connected just enough to the second book that it made it alot better. This book is not as confusing as the last book the author really tells the story well through the little girl's eyes.
Aliya Schwerner
Feb 17, 2008 Aliya Schwerner rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2008 Aaron rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
i really enjoyed this book. There were some things that bothered me though, i thought that the story was put on hold in two chapters while the author went on a PETA rant.
I did not like the "PETA and the wolf" part as I affectionatly call it. I mean if you met your clan's spirit guide are you REALLY going to say " eating meat is bad you're evel" it's a freaken wolf dude what do you expect it to do. So take out the PETA stuff and this book would have been a solid four star book.
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