Sarah Jane Dillard is the middle child of seven sisters growing up on the outskirts of the Tanglewood Forest. She often goes to visit Aunt Lillian (who readers will remember as the protagonist of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest), a reclusive old woman who lives nearby and who introduces Sarah Jane to the idea of magic. But Sarah Jane doesn't truly believe until the day she discovers a tiny wounded man deep in the forest, his chest full of miniature poison arrows. She brings the small man back to Aunt Lillian for help, unknowingly inserting herself in the middle of a longtime war between two rival fairy clans.
In the meantime, the other Dillard sisters have become prisoners of the feuding bee and 'sangmen fairies. With the help of Aunt Lillian and the Apple Tree Man (another crossover character from The Cats of Tanglewood Forest), Sarah Jane will have to find a way to untangle herself and her sisters from the fight before they are trapped in the fairy world forever.
Originally published in black-and-white by a small press in 2002, this captivating tale from master storyteller Charles de Lint now contains lushly detailed, full color illustrations from renowned illustrator Charles Vess.
* "Beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling, and wondrous illustrations....readers will be enchanted."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "The lyrical narrative blends a contemporary setting with a fairy tale that might have been plucked from a distinctly different time and place."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Charles de Lint is the author of more than seventy books, including The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. Well-known as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards.
Charles Vess illustrated The Cats of Tanglewood Forest and is a world-renowned artist and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His work has appeared in magazines, comic books, novels, and two picture books by Neil Gaiman that were New York Times bestsellers.