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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When Fiona Thorn, an ornery orphan with an expertise in explosives, sets out to rescue her imprisoned friend, Jaydin Rowan, she wants nothing more than a few sleeping guards and a satchel full of Blast. What she gets is a run-in with three bickering princesses that puts all four girls on the wrong side of a locked dungeon door.

Now, accidentally involved in a plot to assass
Paperback, 206 pages
Published September 2nd 2012 by Flickerfawn
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Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Even in a kingdom where magical creatures like fairies, cave bodkins and talking sea turtles, who act as life savers, live, someone will plot to assassinate a perfectly good king. While Fiona and her talking horse, Manzy, are trying to rescue her fairy friend, Jayden, from imprisonment in a palace tower, they, together with the three princesses, learn of the assassination plans. Fortunately they have Kevin, the sneezing snake who loves to bat his long eyelashes at everybody, to assist them. When ...more
My daughter (12) reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here is her review:

This book tells the story of Fiona Thorn, ornery orphan who has a penchant for explosives and who goes on a mission to rescue her friend, Jaydin Rowan. But when she runs into three annoying princesses whom she is unable to get rid of, all four of them get locked up in the dungeon. Now, Fiona is accused of kidnapping the princesses because she has a rough past with the king who is in danger of being killed. N
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
t wasn’t Jaydin the fairy prince’s fault. He was framed. Fiona Thorn, his best friend, knew that. She was going to break him out – ER rather BLOW him out of jail. After all, she IS an explosive worker. Taught by the Demolitions master McClane, Fiona knows just about everything about explosives. She’ll use that knowledge to bust Jaydin out. Riding her trusty Bright Eye horse (Bright Eyes are extremely smart animals, as in that they can talk to humans), Manzanita Rose (or Manzy, for short), Fiona ...more
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Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell
By Jen Barton
February 15, 2013

Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is American author Jen Barton's first novel. When Fiona's best friend Jaydin is found guilty of a crime he did not commit, the reckless Fiona decides that she must do something about it. As she tries to find a way to rescue her friend, she meets up with a slew of characters, hears of a plot to assassinate the king and gets implicated in the kidnapping of the
Nephylim Nephylim
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book purely by accident. I followed the author on Twitter and checked out her site. The description of the book caught my interest. I checked it out, bought it, then couldn't stop reading it until I'd consumed the very last page.

Ms Barton has created a world where fairies and humans live side by side, although not all humans are happy about it. The world and those who inhabit it are unique and very easy to visualise.

This is a children's book but it is very dark and, as such totally
Pop Bop
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A Prickly, Engaging, Relatable Fantasy Quest Heroine

We have fairies and a talking horse and bickering princesses and a heroine who likes to blow things up. But this is not a larky la-la sort of fairy tale. Our heroine, Fiona, has a dark side, a troubled back story, and a wild and impatient streak that more often than not leads her into trouble. Her talking horse is the wisest and most mature character in the book. And the bad guys are a lot more scary than they are cutesy.

The upshot for me was t
Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell has great characters as well as a fun and non-cliched plot. I honestly could not put it down!

The book is middle grade/YA, but it isn't too light like some books in this age range are. It's the perfect mix of dark and light fantasy. It's original, too, and I know I've been saying that a lot lately, but this book really is. Not once did I think, 'Hmm, this reminds me of...' Everything had a new twist on it; even the fairies, and that's coming from a girl who we
C.K. Webb
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fiona Thorn is an orphaned girl with great knowledge of explosives, and she is on a quest to save her good friend, Jaydin. Jaydin is a fairy who is the watcher of Tree and dreams of traveling the world with Fiona. When Jaydin is wrongly put into a prison, Fiona must figure out a way to get him out, without dooming them both. She soon finds herself meeting three princesses and, though she does not wish it, she quickly becomes best friends with the girls and soon they find themselves on a most inc ...more
Sasha Yambor
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell by: Jen Barton
Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a book about an adventurous girl and the series of adventures that she goes through to save her friend. It is easy to say that the main character, Fiona Thorn, is a complex character with simple morals. She values love, friendship, trust, loyalty, and faith. Fiona Thorn is a prickly character at times but she brings the story to life. Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell is a mixed tale of real life values a
Jan farnworth
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book had a bit of everything in it. I loved how there were talking animals, a new twist on fairies and some new creatures I never heard of -- like Cave Bodkins. It a great middle-grade fantasy that has not only fun, light parts to it, but a bit of darkness as well.

I love the character Fiona who is trying to bravely rescue her fairy friend from the castle, but ends up being saddled with 3 Princesses who are not the best of
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Fiona Thorn & the Carapacem Spell is a fun fantasy book for elementary and middle grade readers. Fiona is a stubborn, young girl with some amazing gifts. She sets out to rescue her friend Jayden who was accused of a crime he did not commit, but determines to do things the hard way. She is rude at times and makes many continue reading ...more
Mariana Farcas
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
In a magical kingdom Fiona Thorn is on a quest to save her good friend, Jaydin. A wonderful fairytale!
Jenifer Jacobs
Apr 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
Bought this one today after meeting the author. Looks great and will be our next read aloud!!
Feb 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
I'm not supposed to read middle-grade fiction anymore. But this looks so interesting... ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fiona Thorn and The Carapacem Spell is the first book in a series based on Fiona Thorn, an orphan girl who likes things that explode and who hates annoying princesses. The series is set in a magical kingdom, with other fantastical creatures such as faeries, cave bodkins, witches and more. The story starts off with Fiona, who’s trying to free her best friend Jayden from prison where he’s locked up after he’s been wrongfully accused of placing a curse on a young boy. Fiona intends to break him out ...more
Julie Alexander
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Fun and easy.

This had a nice story line about friendship, family, love, trust and hate. Toss in some magic and you've got a great read like "Fiona Thorn".
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