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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  162 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Warning! This book contains (1) very kick-butt Faerie Princess, an Evil Dark Lord, a rhino-beetle named "Gor", Dragonfly Riders, Bat Brigades and an extremely adorable, fluffy, pet firefly with anger-management issues.

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The Faeries of Southnut are in big trouble. Lord Darkwater is up to no good.

The White Castle of Doru is under attack by the greatest army Pr
Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Goethe Books (first published November 17th 2011)
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Shalini Boland
This is a classic fairy tale with a contemporary feel and I read it in just a couple of sittings. Aimed at tweens, this beautiful feisty little book kept me (aged 42) totally absorbed and entertained.

Fiera is a fairy whose life and home is under threat and who must embark on a quest to save all she holds dear. The format isn't new, but the telling is fresh and funny. Einfeld's voice jumps off the page with humour, originality and a sense that you are in the company of a born story teller.

I insta
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Neverdark is a children's story of a faerie princess named Fiera and her quest to save her kingdom from the evil Lord Blackwater. The story is written beautifully, with detailed descriptions and a natural flow of the plot. Add to this strong protagonists that exemplify courage and dedication to their task, and you have a fantastic children's book. I really enjoyed Fiera as a character. She is a strong female lead whose tenacity and quick thinking lead her in her adventures. She has a big heart a ...more
seanat (elka)
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, kindle
Review written by Natalie aged 9:

Absolutely brilliant! One of the best books I've ever read! I found the part when Lord Darkwater started talking to the flower pot hilarious and I loved all the adventure. My favourite character was Sparky the firefly. I loved the cartoony illustrations that popped up during the book too. A fantastic modern fairytale for both boys and girls with lots of humour and adventure! This is now my favourite book EVER!:-)

(Many thanks to the author C.S.Einfeld for kindly
Caron Rider
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful tale that I thoroughly enjoyed! When I saw this come up for review, I thought it perfect for my daughter to read. Fortunately, she went out of town and left me to read it alone. :) The world the author created makes for an entertaining read, and I loved the clever correlations formed with names, nature, and mythology. The characters were engaging and the tone spot on for this fairy tale. A kingdom in danger, a princess to the rescue, and a quest…what more can a reader, espec ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of two parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 9) and 2. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts - for the full review, please visit us at


What I liked and disliked about it: I liked alot of different things about the book. When we first started reading the book, I was wondering how the author knew that there were real faeries. I thought maybe I could look for faeries on trees, bushes, or in a forest. I’d like to know from the aut
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Received e-book through Early Reviewers program from LibraryThing for an honest review
**also posted on under Leanne

Neverdark by C.S. Einfeld is a modern fairy tale set in the land of Doru, with the Grand Old Oak Tree being the home of the faeries and other woodland insects/creatures. The story starts with the faerie Princess Fiera of Southnut learning of her impending marriage (3 days!) to Lord Darkwater of Northbark. The reader discovers that Lord Darkwater has heard about a prophec
Kitty Honeycutt
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: "NeverDark"
Author: C.S. Einfield
Published By: Self-Published
Age Recommended: 10 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: C.S. Einfield is a master at children's storytelling. I absolutely loved this book. It balanced the perfect amount of adventure with the perfect amount of excitement and kept me riveted the entire time. The characters are bright, lively, and completely loveable. There is even a surprising and wonderfully happy ending and the entire book is illustrated with
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful, fun filled adventure...Princess Fiera is a small Faerie with big troubles! When Lord Darkwater creates a contraption that is sucking all the syrup out of the beloved Oaks, Old Mother Oak Tree is in danger of dying, and if the Spirit of Oak Trees dies, all of South Nut will die! Out sets Princess Fiera on a journey to save her lands, along the way she meets many friends and companions, but right by her side is her faithful comapanion Sparky the Firefly...who is extremely devoted to ...more
Suzanne Pringle
This was a wonderful story about faeries, trees and lots of woodland creatures. I was able to get a free paperback courtesy of the author. Thanks so much.I really enjoyed reading it.

My emotions ran from frustration and hate at the beginning. Lord Darkwater is just a big meany who wants the fair Princess Fiera as his bride. To a great sadness when the Great Mother Oak is almost destroyed because of greed. To happiness at the very end when all is restored and hope is brought forth.

Being a faerie b
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: The fact that the author provided me with a free copy of Neverdark in exchange for a review has not affected this review.

The experience I had in this book was fantastical. ln the middle grade fantasy genre, I know I can expect remarkable world building, charming characters, and entertaining plots. Combined with fairy tales (which I still may believe in), this book was definitely enjoyable for me.

The best part about this book is the world building and images. Sometimes I could imagine
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of Neverdark to review as part of the Read it and Reap event from the Shut Up & Read community here on Goodreads.

This is a really sweet little fairy tale with a bit of a modern twist where feisty fairy Princess Fiera sets off on a quest to save her kingdom and delivers a good environmental message along the way.

I really liked the world the author created and the variety of creatures Fiera meets on her journey. I thought the plot and tone were appropriate for a middle grade
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
King Utor Goldenoak of Southnut Kingdom of Doru has a problem and doesn't know what to do about it. King Utor has been asked for his consent to marry his daughter Princess Fiera to Lord Birchwood Darkwater at the King's Coronation Celebration which is in three days. The King has refused all previous requests Lord Darkwater has made for his daughter's hand sighting the Princess's Mother not being awake as one reason; that Lord Darkwater should wait until then. Lord Darkwater doesn't want to wait ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Neverdark was good story with many layers. Its about a faeries princess and her kingdom in a big oak tree. Their are four different faeries countries in the oak tree. She while still young has to marry Lord Darkwater or her kingdom will be taken over.
Her governess thinks that she needs to sneak out of the castle and travel the other kingdoms to the Oak tree spirit and save thier kingdom because of a prophercy.
Fiera starts out spoiled but soon changes when she meets others who are worse off and s
Karen Siddall
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was utterly charmed by the C.S. Einfeld book for 'tweens Neverdark. What a super book to fire the imagination of reluctant reader pre-teen girls! It has the right tone, and is the right length (not too long!) while still encompassing great action, locations, and characters.

Speaking of characters ... Princess Fiera is feisty and never sulky, whiny, or petulant. Her pet firefly, Sparky, IS adorable. And the characters that she meets along her journey are everyday creatures, but on a much bigge
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Einfeld has a wonderful voice, and Neverdark contains all the key components of a classic children's fantasy story. In recent times many children's offerings have tried to stray from the classic path, and although some may have fleeting success classics remain timeless for a reason. Fiera and Sparky enjoy a typical Peter Pan / Tinkerbell relationship, as all reluctant heroes have a trusty sidekick. Another familiar theme is the two lives being tied. Neverdark never tries to be eco-friendly green ...more
Amos Cassidy
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that can be enjoyed by children, teens and adults. I absolutely loved it! The world that C.S Einfeld has created was totally absorbing. This book had it all, great characters, vivid and atmospheric locations and a strong plot. I have read so many books about the fey recently that it was a nice change to go back to the idea of the fey as Fairies at the bottom of the garden. For a while I slipped off my adult shoes and slipped on my funky bunny slippers. A beautifully wr ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Despite the illogic and contradictions in morality, this is a fun, light, kiddy read. If you give it to your kids, however, make sure you read it with them and talk about it. You may agree with Einfeld's take on the world wholeheartedly, but you also might not, and if you don't you're going to want to discuss the differences between your view of the world and hers while they are reading the book.

There are some interesting characters, though (with caveats). Give it a whirl, especially if you sup
The Bibliophile
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Suitable for ages 8 +, Neverdark is a delightful fairy tale with a twist.

Things aren't going so well for Princess Fiera, her country is running out of valuable resources and her father wants her to marry a man she doesn't love. Instead of waiting around for fate to decide her future Princess Fiera chooses to take matters into her own hands and goes on a journey to safe not only herself, but her country as well.

A nice clean read for young readers.
Solitaire Parke
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Neverdark" by C.S. Einfeld is an enchanting story of Faeries, ants, bugs and birds. It clearly shows the consequences of greed, avarice and gluttony, while spinning a classic look at good vs. evil and the value of family. Even though this is a middle grade book, I found the word content to be profoundly advanced and I took the opportunity to improve my grand daughter's vocabulary. Even the title is an easter egg, but you'll have to read the book to find out.
Ashley Chen
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: must-review, own
The story started out like the cutest fairytale. It had been a long time I had encountered something like this. I totally imagine Tinkerbell narrating. I had read a book like this in a long time! And man how I miss it? This book was very cute! The writing style was almost reminded me of picture books. Okay that is not quite right but here I'll give you the first few sentences of the book and you'll see for yourself.

"Beyond your backyard, past the school, and just east of the shopping mall, ther
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
From the minute I picked up this fantastic little book, I was entranced. I posted up the prologue here, because I loved it so much. I am so glad I got to read this amazing adventure story, a special thanks to C.S. Einfeld, who was kind enough to send me review copy.

The story starts in the kingdom of Southnut, Princess Feira is having a tantrum. Her father King Utor Goldenoak has informed her that she is to marry Lord Darkwater. This is the last thing in Great Oak that Feira wants to do.

Lady Goos
Angela Oliver
A delightfully written story about the faeries that live in an enormous and ancient oak. This charming fable is suitable for young children, although it does use a few long words. The theme seems to be over-exploitation of resources, along with the traditional "little guy against the word". It is a simple quest narrative - heroine gets give quest, makes trip across the world (in this case, the tree), makes a few friends, meets a few foes, achieves goals. There are no real surprises, no unusual t ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book from the member giveaways on librarything in exchange for an honest review.

Neverdark is a delightful fairy tale by C. S. Einfeld about a spunky, brave little fairy named Fiera. She is getting forced into a marriage with Lord Darkwater, who is the antagonist of this piece-- a very intelligent Fairy who has found ways to mine more Oaksap than is needed; the additional sap stores allow the other fairies in Doru live in the lap of luxury. Unsurprisingly, difficulties arise when the s
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Neverdark by C.S. Enfield is fun! A modern-day fairytale, set in a wonderful old Oak tree in a failing forest, it combines today’s issues with yesterday’s fluid wonder. The story begs to be read aloud—the comforting cadences of childhood, the accents of Mexican crow and Scottish squirrel, the gently narrated comments like a parent telling a bedtime story. It’s not a short tale. It will keep kids and parents amused and intrigued for a week or maybe a month. It’s filled with memorable scenes to be ...more
Bookish Michelle
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
To save her kingdom and to save herself from an unwanted marriage between the evil Lord Darkwater and herself, Princess Fiera took off secretly in search of the only thing to salvage the situation--to seek Old Mother Oak Tree before her coronation or Lord Darkwater's army will invade her kingdom. Will she make it within 3 days before anyone noticed that she was missing?

Neverdark is about the journey of a brave, courageous and friendly princess (with a temper) to save her kingdom. It emphasizes o
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely not what I expected, but enjoyable still. When I first picked up this novel, and had based my presumptions of it's interior on the short blurb I had expected an urban fantasy with a vivacious, in your face faerie. The faerie was there, but instead of urban, I got a classic fairytale. I was pleasantly surprised by the speed of the story which doesn't falter throughout. This book is ideal for a young reader wanting to explore fantasy. I will definitely be reading this to my young daught ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read out loud!
Shelves: middle-grade
I really enjoyed Neverdark. It's a delightful kids story with faeries, fantastic side-kicks, magic and nature. It's also a healthy cautionary tale about social excesses and exploitation of our environment. Our kids are natural environmentalists. They save insects, plant flowers for them to hide in and get excited over every little thing that moves on the ground or in a tree.

This is the perfect book to do justice to their great imaginations.

My favourite line?
"Just look! Just look what sitting on
Alexia Purdy
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle grade readers of Fantasy
Shelves: arr-review
This is a cute fairy tale with a strong female lead. Fiera is a fairy princess being forced to marry the malevolent Lord Dark Water. He has his own itinerary to marry her, but she isn’t going to have it. This takes Fiera on a quest to save the great oak tree that is her home and is slowly dying in hopes to save her kingdom and keep from having to marry the awful Lord. The friends she meets along the way are hilarious and wonderful. I found it easy to follow, very witty and fun. Definitely a midd ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
by: C.S. Einfeld

I won this book from a Library Thing giveaway

This is a fantasy/adventure book for children of all ages. It's a modern day fairy tale. It is set in the Kingdom of Southnut. Princess Feira is told by her father that she has to marry Lord Darkwater, and she's not happy about that. Princess Feira is told by Lady gooseberry that she must seek the aid of Old Mother Oak and ask for help.

In Feira's travels, she makes lots of friends and finds lots of adventure and danger. This b
Neverdark is a delightfully entertaining, occasionally thrilling and all around slice of faerie heaven. The only thing that threw me off was the computer animated illustrations (sub-par) and while entertaining I would have preferred to see fully realized versions of the characters in their environment. But it does allow this fantastic piece of work to stand apart from most of its genre.
The prose is beautifully rendered, the characters unforgettable and the subtext message about our own misuse o
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“For it is a true fact that faeries, just like people, very often find that a full belly and a good friend are all that they need to be happy.” 40 likes
“But I do know this: no quest, no matter how easy or hard, is ever accomplished without first the will to see it done. So, you have the will, and where there is a will, there is a way.” 10 likes
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