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The Enchanted Island of Yew

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  278 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
How strange! In the Forest of Luria, Lady Seseley of the yellow tresses stumbles upon a fairy bower . . . where the most unusual opportunity presents itself: the chance to transform an immortal being into a mortal. Before her eyes appears a handsome young knight: Prince Marvel. Setting out in search of adventure, he finds it aplenty on the enchanted isle, as he soon meets ...more
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Aegypan (first published 1903)
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David Gregg
I listened to this book (in audiobook form via Librivox.org) in its entirety during third shift at work. It was really fun. A few oddities, and a creative story setup (from a writer's perspective) at the very beginning. The adventures were very entertaining and colorful. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. My only complaint, which is slight, is that the ending lacked a little where the rest of the book excelled. The ending was a bit disappointing, but I would still rate this as a suggested read to an ...more
Eleanor Toland
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Three young girls wander into an enchanted forest and encounter a fairy woman, who tells them she's bored with her perfect, immortal existence and wants to try life as a human. After some discussion, the fairy decides to become a prince, because boys get to have more adventures than girls, apparently, which is a rather odd justification considering the number of adventurous girls in Baum's other books. But then again Baum writes quite a few essentially female spirits who temporarily incarnate as ...more
Michael
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marilyn Smith Smith
A great frank baum story

Full of magic, and fairies and evil hearted villains, this a good read for young adults with a love of gentle adventure stories.
Herman Gigglethorpe
As far as I know, this is not related to the Oz series. It's still worth a look.

A fairy is bored and wants to go adventuring, so she asks some noble ladies to change her into a prince. She then goes around the island of Yew. After conking many thieves on the head and defeating King Wul-Takim, Prince Marvel encounters his first companion named Nerle. Nerle is a masochist. He loves to be imprisoned, tortured, or otherwise injured. He is always disappointed whenever good fortune happens to him, lik
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Scot
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something for your inner Ozophile: a quick, breeezy read of another fantasy world (no, not Mo or Ix, still another) created by L. Frank Baum over a century ago: the enchanted island of Yew.

Our hero is an androgynous fairy, who, out of boredom at being immortal, decides on a lark to become a brave young knight for a year and seek adventure. Transformed, he is Prince Marvel, but he keeps his fairy powers, as they might prove handy in a world where you will quite likely encounter giants, dwarves, w
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Michael Tildsley
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more of a classic fairy tale/adventure story from Baum. I think children and adults could get something from this book. I really like the conventions that Baum invokes, as well as the new twists he puts on old ones. With some decent illustrations, I could see this book out on children's bookshelves today. I can't believe how long ago it was written. Forget pre-internet or pre-Hitler. We're talking six years before the Wright Brothers' famous flight. There is a tone and craft here th ...more
Diana
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Frank
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book grew on me. At first I didn't think I was going to like it but found it fun reading. It is real fantasy not Sci-Fi. It is "Wizard of Oz" type fantasy in which the author is really not trying to make you think it is reality and yet allows you to 'live' the adventures of fantasy. It is the type of book that is 'fun' to read and one in which one pretty much needs to find earlier writers find such a book. It has a rather interesting ending I didn't expect.
Jake Yaniak
An interesting story about a fairy who spends some time seeking adventures in the guise of a mortal prince. It reminded me a bit of the Wizard of Oz (for obvious enough reasons) - there was even a place where a charlatan wizard is exposed for his manipulations. In the end, though, I felt the story lacked direction.
Kat
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, just a jolly good read, and very funny. Also, no racist humor yay. Although it is not usually on the list of Oz-associated books, if American Fairy Tales counts for containing the same fairy species as The Life and Times of Santa Claus, then this one counts too.
Lex
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much a kid's book, but still surprisingly imaginative and fun. The main character is a sort of living Deus Ex Machina - I can do anything because I am magic! - but again, I think this is forgivable since it i a kid's story.
Rachel
Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far the only good chapters were 5 and 6 and I'm ready to quit the book after reading half of it unconsecutively. But it gets more than two stars because chapter 5 and 6 were really good.
Christina
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book way more than his Oz books! if you have children, please read this to them, they will love it!
Liz
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Much less stale than the later oz books. Very imagination.
Mia
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!
treva
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best non-Oz stories, with fairies, princes, fairies who are princes, and a masochist sidekick (no, really).
Dan JK
This book was so cute and fun! a comedy fantasy.
Batchyk
A kid book that will carry your mind in a fantasy world. And I enjoyed it too.
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