Dark Tree Shining by Paula Harrison

Dark Tree Shining

Written by Paula Harrison

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Dark Tree Shining is the re-release of The Wildwood Arrow (part of the Faerie Tribes series). The 3rd book in the series will be out Spring '16.

This second book in a sequence of fantastical quests continues twelve-year-old Laney’s journey of discovery and battle to rid the faerie world of a sinister new evil. In the series opener, Red Moon Rising, Laney’s life was overturned when she saw an ill-omened blood-red moon and discovered a shocking truth about her self; she’s a faerie, and member of the Mist tribe. After managing to keep the powerful Crystal Mirror from the clutches of the Shadow Faerie, Dark Tree Shining sees Laney drawn into a yet more menacing mission. She must find the Wildwood Arrow, the second of five magical Myricals that are potent repositories for the magical essence of each tribe. But, if Laney is to have a chance of success, she must learn to control her erratic powers, while also concealing her faerie identity from ordinary humans. Interwoven with a rich sense of the natural world, and perceptive portrayals of friendship, Dark Tree Shining confirms the author’s flair for crafting vividly imagined worlds and characters that readers will really relate to. - Joanne Owen

Kirsty from Nosy Crow says: “Paula has created a thoroughly believable world with great characters. These books are action-packed and exciting, but remain rooted in those all-important issues of friendship and identity that girls of this age love to read about. And imagine suddenly finding that you could fly!”

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Red Moon Rising. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'An exceptional book with a brilliant storyline and extraordinary characters. I knew immediately that I was going to love it and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series.'
  • Chloe Pickering, age 11 - 'I enjoyed this book. It is full of magic and faeries but it is not sickly sweet. It gives a different edge to the expected view of faeries. They live in tribes and face dangers of dark magic.'
  • Isabel McKinnon, age 9 - 'As soon as I read the first pages the book sucked me in!'
  • Evie Brooks, age 10 - 'I would give this a five star rating because the book hooked me in and dragged me through the story.'
  • Beth Urquhart, age 8 - 'It is an extremely enjoyable book, but is a bit scary. I think girls who enjoyed the rainbow magic series, at a younger age, but were now older would like it.'
  • Holly Wilkins, age 11 - 'Magical, mysterious and mesmerising.'
  • Emma Moulton, Yr 7 Great Torrington School -  'This is a very interesting book if you like magical stories with lots of suspense!'
  • Hannah Baer, age 11 - 'the detail and excitement of the book is truly amazing.'
  • Ieva Galinauskaite, age 14 - 'I really loved reading this book and finding out Laney’s secret and her secret power. I would recommend this book to a friend.  I enjoyed reading Laney’s journey and learning more about her life.'
  • Year 5 Book Group, Baring Primary School - 'A mystical page turner of a book.  I couldn’t put it down once I started it.'
  • Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 13 - 'A magical fast paced adventure about fairies and friendship.'
  • Cora Willans - 'I LOVE THIS BOOK.'


Dark Tree Shining by Paula Harrison

Laney thinks the summer's going to be boring but how wrong she is! From the moment she sees a blood-red moon, things take a turn for the magical. For Laney is a faerie, a member of the Mist Tribe, and things are about to get exciting, and mysterious, and dangerous. Laney and her faerie friends must stop an evil Shadow Faerie finding the magical objects he needs to become all-powerful.

About the Author

Paula Harrison

Paula Harrison began inventing stories and writing them down as a child. One of her best was about a magical land inhabited by talking bookworms. After taking an English degree, she became a primary school teacher and is now married with two children. She loves inspiring children's imaginations and believes that day-dreaming can be a really good use of your time (although she hasn't actually said that during a lesson). Over the years, she's shared many different authors' books with children, and now she can't wait to share her own.

Paula says: “The beginnings of the idea for The Rescue Princesses came when I watched my daughters playing. They were racing around the garden pretending to be Princesses who could go anywhere and do anything they liked. That set me thinking: in a world where anything is possible, Princesses won’t be sitting around on thrones. They’ll be out there, proving they’re better than the Princes!”

Paula Harrison is the author of Red Moon Rising (for older readers)and The Rescue Princesses (a younger series). She wanted to be a writer from a young age but spent many happy years being a primary school teacher first. She finds inspiration in lots of things from cloud shapes to snippets of conversation. She loves sandy beaches and eating popcorn. She lives with her husband and children in Buckinghamshire, which is nowhere near the sea. Whenever possible, she packs her family into the car and journeys far and wide to find a sandy beach where she can paddle in the waves.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Nosy Crow Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




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