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Rise of the Darklings (The Invisible Order #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  457 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Some things, once glimpsed, can never be unseen. . . .

It was a morning like any other, frigid and gray, when Emily Snow took to the streets of Victorian London to earn the pennies that would keep her and her little brother alive for another day. But a chance turning took her through a dark alley, and there Emily witnessed an extraordinary battle between fierce, tiny creatu
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published September 28th 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I do like this book, and the author did a great job with the faerie theme. This book is pretty dark and violent, as a warning to younger readers.

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Overall, I felt that the plot was interesting. Things that seemed too contrived in the beginning, but began to make sense as the story progressed. All the different places that Emily finds herself during her journey really adds to enjoyment of the story; it seems like a real adventure. Also, they really have you wondering who can be trusted and what everyone's true motives were.
I have complaints about the story though. The first, is that it seemed rather obvious to me as the story went on, how
ATOS Book Level: 4.5
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 10.0
Word Count: 67777

Emily Snow lives in Victorian London scraping out the best life she can for her and her brother since their parents mysteriously disappeared. It's a hard life but she's protecting William and keeping him fed. All starts to change on early morning while Emily takes a short cut through the alley's of London when she comes upon a fierce battle being fought by creatures who stood no "higher than Emily's knee".
I felt that the beginning was the most intriguing part of this novel. It was the unique world Crilley created that had me devour the first half of this story within a few hours the other day. I did not realize, when first requesting this book to review, that The Invisible Order series is based upon the fey. Well, that's a lie. I knew at the time, then conveniently forgot. So, when the fey were introduced, I was pleasantly surprised.

Let it be known that this is not your typical fey book. They fey
Jennifer Wardrip
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Ever since their parents disappeared, 12-year-old Emily Snow is the sole supporter for her brother, William. When Emily sees a piskie battle in a London alley, she ends up being an unlikely witness and rescuer of one of the fairies named Corrigan.

Emily soon finds herself pitched between the Seelie and Unseelie courts and their mutual hatred for the Invisible Order, a secret society of humans who hold back the fairies from their dreams of incursion on the hu
Rise of the Darklings is the first book in a series (of at least 2 books). I received a review copy from Amazon Vine and rom a high level, the premise reminded me a bit of the Spiderwick or Fablehaven and other recent books…you have a young girl, Emily, who is able to see the magical world of faerie/fey creatures living among us. And she has a fun adventure because of this gift of sight. There were a few things that differentiated this book from those series…the first being that this book is set ...more
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. The synopsis of the book sounded wonderful; a young girl in Victorian London stumbles upon another world. I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book in The Invisible Order series by Crilley. The characters and story were very engaging and the atmosphere dark and mysterious. Excellent middle grade fantasy that even adults will get into.

Emily and her brother are orphans trying to scrap buy in the Cheapside part
I love faery stories, so I was very excited when I started reading Rise of the Darklings and realized that I had, in fact, just dived into a deliciously traditional faery story. This first book in The Invisible Order series, though aimed at fifth to eighth graders, is a deeply satisfying read even for adults, full of twists, turns, and lots of excitement.

Twelve-year-old Emily Snow has a tough life. She has scraped a living for herself and her younger brother William by selling watercress on the
First of a new middle-grade fantasy series that's set in Victorian London about a girl (hurray, a girl!) who's struggling to keep herself and her younger brother sheltered and fed since her parents disappeared. She's on her way to work early one morning and inadvertently sees a battle among some short, fairy-type people in a dark alley.

One thing I liked about this book is that the action is led by a girl, who's had to take on some heavy responsibility. Setting the book in the realistic past is
This was a new book the library had on the shelf. My library gets very few new books so I figured I'd see if this was any good. It's the first book in a series. I found it pretty boring. All of the scenes were not described in detail and I felt it was lacking depth and emotion. I guess it could be explained away by the fact it is written for 10 year olds or around that age, but I found it in the YA section so I thought it would be a bit better and for older readers. The book doesn't end so if yo ...more
Claire K.
One of my students recommended this book to me. At first I wasn't sure I would like it; I think the cover of the book made it seem like the book would be a little formulaic, familiar, and predictable. Much to my surprise it was not. The story takes place in Victorian-London where a girl, Emily, feels burdened to take care of her brother, William, after her parents mysteriously disappear. Early one morning on her way to work, she stumbles upon a skirmish between sword bearing faeries and piskies ...more
I really loved this, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. Emily is such a strong and remarkable character, William reaminds me alot of my little brother, Jack well I just adore Jack, and Corrigan where would we be without a sarcastic little pisky?? I'm aware of the fact this is considered a childrens book, but I think it is a book for all ages. I just absolutely loved it!!
Dorine White
Emily Snow is the soul provider for herself and her little brother William. They live in Victorian London where Emily sells watercress for pennies. One morning she turns down a dark alley and witnesses a battle between two different faerie factions. Now that she's seen them, there is no turning back.

Emily is thrown into a war that has waged for centuries. On one hand is the King of the Faerie, Dagda, on the other is the Queen, and right in the middle is the Invisible Order, a group of men and wo
Rise of the Darklings was a light read I'd recommend for anyone 8+. It was definately a children's book, not because of writing or anything like that but just because the story was a little young. It still enjoyable though.

All of the characters complimented each other very well, especially Jack and Emily. At times I didn't really feel a connection with Emily, our main character, but Jack was easy to love. He was an awesome character to the story. He and Emily are perfect for each other! :D

I was
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Sarah BT
About the Book: Emily Snow's parents have disappeared and for the past two years she has been in charge of her younger brother and making sure they survive. One morning, Emily encounters a conversation between strange beings and realizes she can see a entire hidden world in London, full of faeries. A war is raging between faeries. As Emily's brother is kidnapped, Emily must do everything she can to save him. But what side is good? What side will not destroy humankind? Emily must find the key to ...more
At twelve years old, Emily Snow has been looking after her younger brother since her parents disappeared. She tries to earn enough money to feed them both by selling watercress on the streets of Victorian London. One cold morning on her way to the watercress vendor, Emily encounters several strange small people having a battle. After the battle, two men approach her to ask her what she witnessed. Emily refuses to tell them, but that is not the last she will hear from them or from the piskies she ...more
The Invisible Order is written for a middle-grade audience, but readers of all ages may enjoy it. It tells the story of a 12-year-old girl named Emily in Victorian London. Emily's parents disappeared a few years earlier, and she sells watercress for pennies in the street to support herself and her younger brother. One morning, on her way to buy her day's supply of watercress, she stumbles upon a battle between two groups of fairies. She ends up saving the life of a piskie named Corrigan and quic ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Invisible Order is a fantastic read that weaves faerie lore with historical Victorian London, and engages you in a fast passed, twisty plot, that is witty and suspenseful. Our heroine, Emily Snow may be young, but at 12 years old she's raised her 9 year old brother and herself for the last two years, since her parents death. Her key to survival has been her strength and wit, something she'll rely heavily on as she finds herself in the middle of a war. Both the Unseelie and the Seelie courts ...more
Brian James
Emily Snow is an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, trying her best to take care of herself and her younger brother William, when an unexpected encounter turns her life upside down. In a dark alley, Emily witnesses something she was never supposed to be able to see; a sword fight between two rival Faerie armies. She makes the crucial decision to help one of the injured piskies after the battle, a choice that puts her at odds with a secretive group known as The Invisible Order, whose task ...more
Paula Griffith
I like this book because it fits so well in a reading ladder (Lesesne, 2010) to develop fantasy fans. Those students who discover fantasy in early elementary school through books like Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Treehouse series will move up the ladder with a book such as this in upper elementary/middle school. Rise of the Darklings is the first book in a set of sequels and provides a strong plot developed through action and character dialogue. The chapters are not terribly long, and there is some ...more
Very much enjoyed this - will be writing about it with That Was Then (AKA the History Project/Book) in mind, so won't do much here now. Younger than my usual faves, in terms of reading strictly for pleasure, but even thinking just of that, the blend of very traditional Faerie (Seelie and Unseelie Courts, plus some figures I hadn't known from English folklore) in a way rather typical of YA or adult urban fantasy with Victorian London setting worked very well. I also thought it was smart to make E ...more
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This was a wonderful adventure - well written, easily digestible for young and adult readers, and nicely atmospheric. From the first chapter you're hooked; thrown right into the action as 12 year old Emily Snow, the story's protagonist, encounters a battle between the Seelie and Unseelie - piskies (don't call them faeries) who have abandoned their ages old war with the humans and now are immersed in their own civil war.
This book was a surprise find! I picked up up at the library on a day that I was in a hurry - it was on a display at the end of an aisle.

Ever since their parents disappeared 12-year-old Emily has been the sole-provider for herself and her younger brother in the rough world on Victorian England.

On her way to work one morning Emily was the unlikely witness to a battle of irregular creatures called piskies.

What had been seen could not be unseen and Emily Snow found herself thrust into a world of
Emma (Miss Print)
On the day she found out about the the fey and the hidden war being waged in Victorian London, twelve-year-old Emily woke up praying for snow. Snow would mean that she could stay home with her brother William instead of running through alleys and side streets to get to Mrs. Hobbs to buy a bunch of watercress to sell for the day.

But there is no snow and Emily does have to venture out. Unfortunately instead of a day spent peddling watercress in the cold, Emily stumbles upon a faerie battle right i
Another fun audio-book for the commute.

I finished listening to this book today on my drive to work. Honestly, it's proving difficult to decide how I feel about it.

Rise of the Darklings is a young adult fantasy about an orphaned 12 year old girl who must protect her brother and the city of London from an ongoing war between two factions of faerie-kind and a small group of humans called the Invisible Order.

I enjoyed the book, but it left much to be desired. On the one hand, I liked the different f
Rise of the Darklings is probably one of my favorite reads so far for 2011. The combination of quick paced adventures, folklore and fairy creatures, and unique in detail characters make this a thrilling read.

The whole story was incredibly fast-paced which made it hard to put the book down. This could've been due to the short chapters but a part of it could've been due to the quick plot movement that the author us uses. There is never too much time spent on one idea. But don't be fooled because
Katieb (MundieMoms)
The Invisible Order is a fantastic read that weaves faerie lore with historical Victorian London, and engages you in a fast passed, twisty plot, that is witty and suspenseful. Our heroine, Emily Snow may be young, but at 12 years old she's raised her 9 year old brother and herself for the last two years, since her parents death. Her key to survival has been her strength and wit, something she'll rely heavily on as she finds herself in the middle of a war. Both the Unseelie and the Seelie courts ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 5-8
12-year-old Emily has had to take care of her little brother Will ever since their parents mysteriously disappeared. Living in Victorian London, she’s able to earn a little money by selling watercress. This is what she is doing when she suddenly finds herself in a battle between two groups of faeries—up until then, Emily doesn’t even know that she has the Sight. She ends up rescuing a small piskie named Corrigan after the battle…but by doing this, she is drawn further into the faerie world.

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Emily has discovered that fairies, piskies, giants and all kinds of creatures actually do exist, it’s just that most people can’t see them. Emily discovers she CAN see them the day she saves a piskie after a battle that takes place in the middle of a London street.

The piskie Emily saves is Corrigan. He’s a little wiry guy, small enough to sit on her shoulder. He’s also opinionated, sassy and brave…just the sort of person you want on your team. Then there’s Emily pickpocket friend Jack. He’s huma
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Paul Crilley was born in Scotland but moved to South Africa when he was eight years old. He writes fantasy, Young Adult, and Middle Grade books and also works in South African television. He spent a year as part of the writing team for the computer game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and also writes comics when he can get a chance.

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