Book Review: THE THIRTEEN CURSES by Michelle Harrison (Middle Grade Monday)

Title in purple on green with flowers on the sides
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - second book of trilogy



Book cover for THE THIRTEEN CURSES: title in yellow on green with graphic flowers and ferns and a fox

When fairies stole her brother, Red vowed to get him back. Trapped in the fairy realm, Red must beg an audience with the fairy court. There, she strikes a bargain. Her brother will be returned – but only if she can find the charms of Tanya’s bracelet, scattered in the human world.

Returning to Elvesden Manor, Red is assisted by Tanya and Fabian, and a desperate hunt begins. Soon they make a shocking discovery. The charms now have twisted qualities of the thirteen treasures they represent . . . and the longer they are missing the worse the consequences will be.

Can Red, Tanya and Fabian find all the charms? And even if they do, will the fairies keep their promise?

Blurb taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


This book shows how much memories warp. I remembered that this book involved a quest for the charms on the bracelet, but I had forgotten that only starts in the last third of the book. Most of the book is actually about the build up to that.

The story pre-quest is split it three – Rowan (Red)’s time in the fairy realm, the events that lead to her taking the changeling boy (the event she’s on the run from in the first book), and Tanya and Fabian in our world dealing with a new housekeeper. There is a nice balance between these three stories – two modern day ones with events that ripple across one another, and the past that explains Rowan’s personality.

Rowan is definitely the main character of this book. There are some chapters from Tanya’s perspective, but the focus this time around is easily Rowan. It was nice to get a better understanding of a character who’s very important to the first book but always feels a bit out of focus.

Plus her chapters give a deeper insight into the fairy world. THE THIRTEEN TREASURES focuses on how the fairy world interacts with ours, on how the fairies are not the nice ones from the fairy tales told today. THE THIRTEEN CURSES looks at how the fairies function in their own world (and how it’s still very dangerous in there for humans and fairies.)

And onto the final book. I genuinely cannot really remember this one – I’ve had vague recollections of the others, but this one (right now) feels like I’ll be going in blind!

Read my reviews of other books by Michelle Harrison:

The Thirteen Treasures (this series):

Widdershins Sisters:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s