The Faeries of Birchover Wood - The Bad

Rated 4.75/5 based on 6 reviews
Solomon went out to go for a walk in the local woods, he met a girl. She just happens to be 4 inches tall.
His heart pounds when he meets the most amazing creatures, faeries! Caitlin, Zeal, Balamore and Elder Perennial Swallowtail become his new friends from the wood.
Trusting his new friends, one bitter and aggressive faery betrays and kidnaps him. The faery takes Solomon to an evil monster. More
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 58,180
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781301858682
About Ian S. Rutter

Ian was born in Stockport, England had the best years of his childhood in Salford, Manchester, and Burbage, Buxton. It was the latter that kicked his day dreaming days into overdrive.

With Grin Low Woods at the top of the street, he would spend hours every day playing in the trees and coming up with imaginary friends, such as Caitlin Lavender, Zeal White Oak and Balamore Skullcap.

In 2005 and living in Taiwan, his wife was expecting their first child. One day, he looked at his pregnant wife and asked himself what could he do as a special gift for their unborn son. They were expecting their first child. With years of making up stories about faeries and mythical beasts, 'The Faeries of Birchover Wood' was born.

Dedicated to his son, Solomon.

Since 2005 until now, Ian has written 5 manuscripts, and is writing book 2 of the faery series.

January 2011, Ian re-wrote and recorded the whole story. 17 episodes, 20 minutes each and gave it all away for free as a weekly podcast at podiobooks.com

With nearly 20,000 downloads he was encouraged to turn it into an e-book.

His hobbies are computers, with a background in IT. He also loves drawing, swimming, playing badminton and playing football.

His favourite authors are: C. S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, John Wyndham, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman Dragon Lance Chronicles. Stephen Laws, James Herbert and Catherine Cookson.

As he has lived in Taiwan for many years he loves Asian music. At this moment his favourite Taiwanese singer is Anthony Neely, and when it comes to music more close to home, it has to be Def Leppard.

Now he is a proud father of 3 children, and is married to a very beautiful Taiwanese lady.

Reviews

Review by: Alison Pensy on Feb. 19, 2013 :
This is a charming children's fairytale about a young 8 yr old boy and his adventures with the fairies and something dark and dangerous that lurks in the woods behind his house. Solomon is the main character and he is an excitable little boy. He is lucky enough to have a loving mum and dad. The author wrote likeable and 'real' characters that I could relate to.

If I had children of my own this would have been a great story to read to them before bed. It started off a bit slow, as most 1st-in-a-series books do when the author is 'world-building', but hang in there, as the story starts to move right along the further you get into it and I found it hard to put down.

The author was able to create a very descriptive 'other world' in the woods and was able to transport me there with his writing. I also enjoyed the very creative names he came up with for the fairies and mythical creatures.
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Review by: Diane Robinson on Feb. 10, 2013 :
Review by Award-winning children's book author, Diane Mae Robinson.

The Bad has been imprisoned for a thousand years, by magic, into the trunk of a tree. But the magic is failing. People have forgotten about faeries, dragons, oakmen and goblins. Thus, the magic weakens.

Soloman, an eight year old boy and the main character, moves with his parents to Birchover Village. In the forest behind their new house, all the magical creatures dwell, including the Bad. The Bad is very near to breaking the magic that binds him to the tree. Soloman and his parents, along with the faeries and other mythical creatures of the forest, have to stop the Bad before it destroys the world.

This is an incredible fantasy/adventure story. I was swept up early into the adventure by the strong plot line and the strong characters.

With faerie characters such as; Elder Perennial Swallowtail, Zeal White Oak and Balamore Skullcap; an oakman named, Autumn Brown Leaf, the story captures the reader into a wonderful mythical adventure.

This is a fantasy/adventure story that has everything a great fantasy/adventure story should have. The author has created a magnificent world of faeries, dragons, oakmaen, goblins, ghouls and brownies that live along side humans that all share in the adventure.

The writing is creative, entertaining, and descriptive.

I also like the fact that the author has taken the time to incorporate the importance of the forests in the world--realistically and magically.

If you have never believed that magical creatures live in the forest, you will now.
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Review by: Diane Robinson on Feb. 09, 2013 : (no rating)
5 stars
Review by Diane Mae Robinson


The Bad has been imprisoned for a thousand years, by magic, into the trunk of a tree. But the magic is failing. People have forgotten about faeries, dragons, oakmen and goblins. Thus, the magic weakens.

Soloman, an eight year old boy and the main character, moves with his parents to Birchover Village. In the forest behind their new house, all the magical creatures dwell, including the Bad. The Bad is very near to breaking the magic that binds him to the tree. Soloman and his parents, along with the faeries and other mythical creatures of the forest, have to stop the Bad before it destroys the world.

This is an incredible fantasy/adventure story. I was swept up early into the adventure by the strong plot line and the strong characters.

With faerie characters such as; Elder Perennial Swallowtail, Zeal White Oak and Balamore Skullcap; an oakman named, Autumn Brown Leaf, the story captures the reader into a wonderful mythical adventure.

This is a fantasy/adventure story that has everything a great fantasy/adventure story should have. The author has created a magnificent world of faeries, dragons, oakmaen, goblins, ghouls and brownies that live along side humans that all share in the adventure.

The writing is creative, entertaining, and descriptive.

I also like the fact that the author has taken the time to incorporate the importance of the forests in the world--realistically and magically.

If you have never believed that magical creatures live in the forest, you will now.
(review of free book)

Review by: Shana Dines on Feb. 06, 2013 :
I forgot to add the stars, and can't figure out how to do it without redoing the whole review, so here are my 5 stars on the Faires of Birchover Wood.
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Review by: Shana Dines on Feb. 05, 2013 : (no rating)
I recently completed The Faeries of Birchover Wood . It is an exquisite children's book but it is not only for children. It is extremely imaginative and creative. Rutter's descriptions are amazing. If you like faeries, and beauty you will love this book. The faeries are unique. He has created personalities and the descriptions and names of each character that are beautiful. Each one has been researched to fit their individual role.
The basic plot has to do with good overcoming evil. The "Bad" is disgusting, ominous and scary, but still not too scary for children. Children love heroes and there are many in Rutter's book. It is one of those books that you will want to enjoy slowly. You won't want it to end.
The photos in the back of the book are of the actual setting of Birchover Wood, which make the story even more intriguing.
It starts out with the "Bad" being captured and held in the base of a tree where it can't escape after terrorizing the countryside of Birchover Wood. The faeries, dragons, townspeople and the King all worked together to stop the "Bad's" reign of terror. It was only because they all believed that they were able to stop it. Without belief it wouldn't have been possible. The scary part is that the "Bad" was not killed only held captive, hopefully never to be freed.

Solomon and his family have moved to Birchover Wood because of his health. The pollution where they live is really making Solomon's health an issue. His parent's priorities are to take care of their son. Their family is loving, close and very devoted to each other. The description of their lovely cottage in Birchover Wood is picturesque and warm. Solomon can't wait to explore the woods. When he meets the faeries he is so excited to tell his parents about his experience. Of course they don't believe it at first. When his father meets the faeries too the plot begins to thicken. I will not tell you more because I don't want to spoil the story for you. I will tell you that the "Bad" needs an innocent child to get his power back.

This is one of those stories that children would love to have read to them each night or day. They will look forward to hearing more about Solomon's adventures with the faeries and the "Bad."It is rather long and is meant to be savored slowly. I would not read it to very young children because there are some scary parts, but anyone over 7 or 8 would love it. You could always censor some of the more descriptive parts for younger children. I give this 5 stars.
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Review by: Kenn Crawford on Jan. 25, 2013 :
Kings, dragons, faeries and the ultimate evil referred to as simply, the Bad - it has all the makings of an epic fantasy adventure, and it delivers! It may be listed as a children's book, but all fans of fantasy/adventure, regardless of age, will be drawn into the wonderful world the author has created.

The Bad has been defeated and imprisoned by magic in the trunk of a giant tree... but the magic is failing. In our modern world people have forgotten all about faeries and dragons, and as each person forgets the magic weakens just a little bit more.

Our main character is not a mighty king, a brave knight or a powerful wizard. He's not even old enough to have a driver's license - he is eight year old Soloman. He and his parents move to their new home in Birchover Village and as Soloman explores the forest behind their property he soon discovers it is home to magical creatures. The Bad is getting close to breaking the magic that binds him to the tree. Soloman and his parents, along with the faeries and other mythical creatures, must band together to try and stop the Bad before it destroys the world.

The Fearies of Birchover Wood is an incredible fantasy/adventure story. I listened to the audio book version and was swept into the adventure early and the author held my attention until the final scene. It's a wonderful, mythical adventure that will capture your heart and imagination.
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