Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother—and their kingdom—in this charming, action-packed, and magical story perfect for fans of Ella Enchanted and Dealing with Dragons.
In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret. But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants—and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.
"Remarkably timely with its exploration of feminism and social justice, this fantasy title empowers as much as it entertains.
. . . Marabel’s journey helps her realize she’s more than an
overshadowed sibling and that outsiders may not be the strangers she’s
always feared. By acknowledging her strengths and accepting her
weaknesses, she is able to rescue her brother and unite the kingdoms
through working alongside those who previously opposed her. . . . This
subversive hero’s quest champions the concepts of gender equality and
embracing differences while also delivering an engrossing, laugh-filled
On the surface, Marabel and the Book of Fate is a thrilling adventure story about a sister who wants to save her brother. But the underlying message of the book is what makes Marabel’s story spectacular. Throughout this whimsical, thoroughly contemporary fairy tale, Barrett inspires young readers to consider the importance of social acceptance, free will, and leadership—and the value of examining their own social norms. Against the backdrop of adventure, she empowers readers to challenge oppression and systemic injustice. Marabel and the Book of Fate is a strong opening to an exciting new series.
[O]ne of those writers that can tap into younger fantasy worlds with skill and aplomb.
— Elizabeth Bird, Fuse #8 (SLJ)
The scariness was just the right amount and it was perfect in all ways.
My favorite part of this book was how brave Marabel was to go on a
journey to save her brother. Especially since his being gone could have
meant that she would become the leader. Such courage! Such bravery!
— "Emmie Enchanted" (8-year-old blogger at Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them)
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