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Though the girls are surprised, the fairy explains how it can be done. The girls agree to transform the fairy into a human boy for one year. He is now Prince Marvel! Since Yew is so dominated by robbers and rogues, Prince Marvel doesn't have to travel far to find said adventures. Reviews Be the first to review this e-book. Write your review Wanna review this e-book?

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The Enchanted Isle Of Yew. Lyman Frank Baum. Since the Island of Yew is dominated by robbers and rogues, Prince Marvel does not have to travel far to find said adventures. He begins by confronting and besting the bandits of Wul-Takim, the self-styled King of Thieves. Marvel captures all 59 of the band and is ready to send them to the gallows — but Wul-Takim convinces the naive prince that the robbers are now honest men, whom it would be unfair to hang.

Marvel picks up a squire in Nerle , a baron's son who was a prisoner of the thieves. The dragon is visually spectacular, but proves far less formidable than it appears. Its inner fire was blown out in a gale, and its keepers are out of matches. It cannot lash its tail or gnash its teeth, either — because they hurt. In the end, the beast refuses to fight Prince Marvel, even after getting its fire re-lit; the dragon is too much of a gentleman. With such opposition, it is not surprising that Marvel is victorious in Spor as well.

Marvel and Nerle next have a stay in the curious hidden kingdom of Twi. As its name suggests, everything is doubled in Twi, and all the people are twins. But then again Baum writes quite a few essentially female spirits who temporarily incarnate as male But anyway, the fairy decides to spend a year as Prince Marvel, the human knight, and quickly acquires a squire who's also dissatisfied with his life as a rich baron's son, and wants to experience the suffering of an authentic existence.

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The two of them soon run into all the adventure and trouble that could be desired, meeting a rich cast of monsters, thieves, tyrants and evil sorcerers. Prince Marvel, being a fairy under a human skin, and a fairy in the gentle greeting-card sense rather than the amoral Tinker-bell sense meets every problem they encounter by being forgiving and generous, especially to those who don't deserve it.

Baum's kindness to his own characters and magnanimity of spirit are apparent here, though the obsessive descriptions of beautiful fairies and angelic children may come across as unpalatably sentimental to a modern audience. It's not exactly a melancholy and thoughtful exploration of an immortal creature becoming mortal. But apart from a brief moment of racism, The Enchanted Island of Yew is a true joy to read, a light-hearted, light-footed fairy tale.


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Jun 04, James P. Fun book! You can definitely see the DNA between this and the OZ series with the twisting of logic but not twisted logic that makes this very entertaining. It would have been interesting if this series had continued as well. A number of reviews have complained that there's a sexist angle in the main character becomes a man rather than maintaining their feminine form, and I get where those complaints are coming from.

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But at least Baum tries to explain that it's too dangerous for a young girl wa Fun book! But at least Baum tries to explain that it's too dangerous for a young girl wander around alone plus they have too many choirs? Yeah, it's dated by today's standard for sure, and if I was reading to kids I'd add a few of my own explanations as well, but let's be honest Frank Baum was NOT a perfect man and leave it to that.

Still, very entertaining and I looked forward to reading it each evening. Jan 19, Michael rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An fairy turns mortal and goes adventuring.

The premise is captivating, the narrative is charming and well executed. Baum's odd sentimental sexism is slightly more subtle here than in some of his other works. On the other hand he allows a main character to be temporarily transgender as if it were the most natural strategy in the world with no romantic or sexual complications implied at all, I found that entirely refreshing.

A great frank baum story Full of magic, and fairies and evil hearted villains, this a good read for young adults with a love of gentle adventure stories. Jan 13, Ariadne Deborah Fassel rated it liked it. A pleasant story of the adventures of a transformed fairy and friends. A delightful, magical adventure that could only come from the imagination of author L. Apr 17, Herman Gigglethorpe rated it liked it Shelves: l-frank-baum. As far as I know, this is not related to the Oz series.

It's still worth a look. A fairy is bored and wants to go adventuring, so she asks some noble ladies to change her into a prince.

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She then goes around the island of Yew. After conking many thieves on the head and defeating King Wul-Takim, Prince Marvel encounters his first companion named Nerle. Nerle is a masochist. He loves to be imprisoned, tortured, or otherwise injured.

He is always disappointed whenever good fortune happens to him, lik As far as I know, this is not related to the Oz series. He is always disappointed whenever good fortune happens to him, like when bees choose not to sting him. Marvel is what modern readers call a Mary Sue. Even the other characters notice he can get through any problem without too much trouble! He can break people's swords, throw trained wrestlers out the window, is trained in spells that he seemingly has no use for like giving the two halves of the people in the uncharted kingdom of Twi individual personalities.

If on the off chance there is serious trouble, Marvel can get his many allies to appear, though that has at least some advance setup rather than a blatant deus ex machina. The dragon in Terribus's kingdom is pretty funny. He has arthritis, wind can blow out his fire breath, his teeth are fragile, and unlike most dragons, he is opposed to killing people because he dislikes murder. Some of the antagonists are pitiful as well, in a comical way.

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Kwytoffle the sorceror's "spell book" is a history of impostors, and the Red Rogue is strong yet as weak as he was before he cast his growth spell. The Red Rogue even gets some closure in the epilogue years later when the magic mirror imprisoning him breaks and he has to farm for a local lord.

Yes, this book has a Sue for a protagonist that would make Richard Rahl or Eragon blush. Yes, this book has some casual racism of the early 20th century the wrestler is unfortunately called a "blackamoor". It's still worth a read if you can put those issues aside. It's as imaginative as the Oz books, though it's not quite as wacky as them.

Jun 29, Scot rated it liked it. Something for your inner Ozophile: a quick, breeezy read of another fantasy world no, not Mo or Ix, still another created by L. Frank Baum over a century ago: the enchanted island of Yew. Our hero is an androgynous fairy, who, out of boredom at being immortal, decides on a lark to become a brave young knight for a year and seek adventure.

Transformed, he is Prince Marvel, but he keeps his fairy powers, as they might prove handy in a world where you will quite likely encounter giants, dwarves, w Something for your inner Ozophile: a quick, breeezy read of another fantasy world no, not Mo or Ix, still another created by L. Transformed, he is Prince Marvel, but he keeps his fairy powers, as they might prove handy in a world where you will quite likely encounter giants, dwarves, wizards, rowdy robber gangs, talking dragons, damsels in distress, and overgrown hedges.

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