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Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest
On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she's surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard wa ...more
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“Zaria would have loved to have a stargazer too in order to read more books. There was never nearly enough time to read all the books on her to-be-read list.”
The first book in Gillett’s Zaria Fierce trilogy introduces us to the title character, a thirteen year old girl who is shy, quiet, and loves reading. After a short prologue that establishes her character and backstory, it jumps right in to the meat of the story whe ...more
Zaria is a fascinating character who finds out a secret in the end that changes her life. This will ultimately lead her into new, future adventures. I look forward to reading ...more
The Secret of the Gloomwood Forest begins on Zaria's birthday, while she is running across a bridge to catch up to her friend Christoffer. Zaria stumbles upon Olaf, the river's guardian, who threatens to eat her. Drawing from her knowledge of fairy-tales (The Three Billy Goats Gruff), Zaria attempts to dissuade him and makes a bargain to bring him a feast within three days in exchange for him letting her pass. When Zaria tries to tell her family and friends ...more
The plot in this story focuses on 13-year-old Zaria as she travels far from home in order to rescue her best friend, Christoffer, from a river-troll. Accompanied by three of Christoffer’s other friends, she runs into all sorts of mystical creatures she never knew existed. The story is fast-paced and filled to the brim with action. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure dipped in fantasy, ...more
Author: Keira Gillett
Type of Book: Audiobook Unabridged
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction
Narrator: Michele Carpenter
Length: 4 hours, 2 minutes
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Publisher: Keira Gillett
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Zaria's family moves to Norway just before her thirteenth birthday. Zaria's last name may be "Fierce" but she is actually an introvert. She loves to read fantasy novels and wishes her life was more like the lives she reads abou ...more
Zaria is what you think is a normal 13-year-old looking for the adventure that she reads in her books. When she encounters a river troll, she strikes a deal that she doesn’t follow through with because she doesn’t know if it really happened. After a couple of uneventful days, she forgets all about it. Until her best friend, Cristoffer, is nowhere to be found. After strikin ...more
What I Thought- This was a really good book with a great setting and cool plot line. I really liked how it didn’t hide that Zaria was adopted ...more
I have to say I had no idea what to expect, but I enjoyed this much more than anticipated. Zaria is lovable and kind, and her friends are brave and supportive. And their adventures, while significantly less violent and hair-raising than much of modern fantasy, is, in my opinion, perfect for its intended audience.
I enjoy the writing style, it flows well, and is far more mature in phrasing and dialogue than most YA fiction I've read. Gillet ...more
This book has all the right ingredients for me: Norway, magical adventures, nice children, legends combined with modern day society. A story that is easy to get into and keeps you listening.
For me a really nice way to start the new year, a gentle read with good narration by Michele Carpenter. It has ...more
On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she's surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria countero...more
I liked listening to the story, and the narrator did a great job. I rate it 3.5 Boundless stars. I liked it.
As part of Zaria Fierce Blog Tour: check out the review on the blog so you can read an excerpt of Zaria Fierce and a guest-post by Keira Gillett where she teaches us how to pronounce the names in the book ;-)
Disclaimer: Thank you Keira Gillett for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3,5 cups/stars
Based on Scandinavian folklore, Zaria Fierce was an adorable read. Set in Norway, we follow Zaria and her friends through an adventure filled with trolls, ...more
One thing I loved about the book is Zaria herself. She is a bookworm and loves fantasy books so is quite surprised to meet an honest to goodness troll named Olaf. He wont let her cross but she tries to trick him like in Billy Goats Gruff. She tells him she will do something for him, but once passed she thinks that maybe ...more
Hi it’s Katie again and today were doing Zaria Fierce and The Secret of Gloomwood Forest by-Keira Gillett, the first book. Zaria wishes for things to be more exiting like in her books but what she didn’t realize is she’s going to to get more than she bargained for. Its her birthday and she’s going to school when she gets blocked by a river troll. First shes surprised and curious. But he threatens to eat her, she counteroffers and they make a deal. S ...more
One theme that stood out to me is that, although there might be times when you don't make the best decisio ...more
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