Fenella and the Magic Mirror

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Fenella is officially a damsel, but she’s the despair of her parents, who want to marry her to young Sir Mallicose. Big, muscular, dark, scruffy and bold, Fenella would rather chop logs and shoot arrows than embroider a tapestry, and she isn’t interested in Sir Mallicose at all.
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About Mark P. Henderson

After retiring from a career in medicine and university teaching, Mark P. Henderson moved to the Derbyshire Peak District in 2002 and started to write fiction and collect local folktales. Several of his short stories and poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies. His books, released by various publishers, include an anthology of short stories (Rope Trick; 2008), a children’s story (Fenella and the Magic Mirror; 2009), a study of the origin and evolution of a local legend (Murders in the Winnats Pass; 2010), a collection of 62 traditional Peak District stories (Folktales of the Peak District; 2011), a collection of puns in verse and prose (Cruel and Unusual Punnishments; 2016), a one-act play (Forget it, it’s History; 2017), and a second novel (National Cake Day in Ruritania; 2018). The publishers of the last-named have given him a contract for another novel, The Engklimastat, due to appear in 2019. He’s in increasing demand as a storyteller to adult audiences around North-West England, and as an editor and a creative writing tutor.

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Dawn Colclasure reviewed on Nov. 4, 2021

When you read most old fashioned fantasy stories, there is usually the dainty princess, dashing knight who is the hero and a big dragon to fight. Yes, these things could be found in the story Fenella and the Magic Mirror by Mark Henderson, but not in ways you would expect! And you would think that our hero, the dashing knight, is the one to save the day, yes? But readers will be delighted at just how much of a modern twist Henderson has put on that old fashioned idea! What a delightful story this was to read! The way Fenella is treated at the beginning made me almost despair, but I love how she uses such qualities as bravery, quick thinking, fighting skills and her manly strength to her advantage. Reading this story almost reminded me of how it could be something right out of a Monty Python script. At one point in the story, for example, the dragon is reading from a cookbook in all bold letters. To this, Fenella remarks, "He's talking in block capitals." This story was funny, delightful and captivating as Fenella and friends go on an adventure to save the kingdom. I loved this story!
(reviewed 5 years after purchase)
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