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First she is Brown Hannah, a drab healer living in the enchanted Tanglewood. Then, when she challenges the magician who holds her captive, she becomes Green Hannah. Next, she is Golden Hannah traveling through the land, with talking animals and birds by her side. And, finally, Russet Hannah, when she makes the long journey back to where she first grew, and learns her trueFirst she is Brown Hannah, a drab healer living in the enchanted Tanglewood. Then, when she challenges the magician who holds her captive, she becomes Green Hannah. Next, she is Golden Hannah traveling through the land, with talking animals and birds by her side. And, finally, Russet Hannah, when she makes the long journey back to where she first grew, and learns her true story. This eagerly anticipated novel, Meredith Ann Pierce's first in five years, is well worth the wait....

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Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood Reviews

  • Sarah
    2018-10-29 12:29

    Hannah lives in a little cottage deep in the Tanglewood with her animal friends. As far as she knows she has always been here. She sees families when she goes to the village to trade her medicines for food, but she can’t remember ever being part of a family herself. All the companionship she needs is the dear little creatures who live and converse with her. Then there’s her monthly appointment, which she always finds disagreeable. The Sorcerer, who lives in another part of the wood, demands an audience with her.Hannah has a peculiarity. Plants—healing medicinal flowers—grow from her scalp along with her hair. The Sorcerer claims that a certain combination of her plants can give eternal life, so every month he plucks them from her and brews them in a tea for himself. Hannah hates the man, as much as a sweet soul like her is capable of hatred, but reasons she can bear the situation if she only has to see him once a month. Things have been this way as long as she can remember. The only interesting thing in Hannah’s life are the knights who come riding through the wood every now and again. They’re all looking for something, and none of them return.But one of these knights gets injured, and Hannah brings the young man to her cottage to heal him. He has glossy black hair and a blinding, perfect smile, but no name that he can remember. So she names him Fox-kith, because even she who has never spent any real time with a guy can tell that he’s foxy.Fox-kith quickly falls for the gentle and otherworldly girl, and insists on accompanying her to her next appointment. But the Sorcerer flies into a jealous rage when he sees the boy and transforms him into the black fox he resembles.This is the last straw for Hannah. She, Fox Fox-kith, and the other critters make a run for their lives—out of the Tanglewood and into the wide world beyond.While he was human, Fox-kith spoke of the Queen of his country. She is a powerful and benevolent mage, who yearns for something precious that was stolen from her long ago. Hopefully she can restore the loyal knight to his true form.Somewhere, in these rolling hills and blond wheat fields, these dusty roads and humble villages, these rocky coasts and the salt sea, there must be an answer.Pierce’s prose is gorgeous, rich and sensory and arcane, and it infuses what might have turned into a Disney princess parody with genuine mystery and substance. It’s a unique take on the myth of Demeter, Hades, and Persephone, removing the romantic/sexual element between the latter two archetypes and refocusing the story on the grieiving mother and lost daughter. Not that there isn’t romance! Foxy Laddie and Hannah have insta-love, but in this ancient, mythological context, it actually works—and their interactions aren’t that lovey-dovey for most of the book, given that he spends the majority of the novel as a fox.The whole thing feels authentically old and pagan—and I mean that in a good way. The violence is minor and sorcerous in nature. There’s no sexual content, cussing, or modern issues of substance abuse or disturbed psychology. It also has an expansive vocabulary, has educational value as a modern and somewhat altered retelling of a Greek myth, and features a lot of crowd-pleasing elements like cute animals. A fine addition to your middle school or high school library collection. I read it in about a day.

  • Rachel Brown
    2018-11-03 10:07

    An ageless girl named Brown Hannah speaks to wild animals, but neithershe nor they can remember anything of their past. She lives inTanglewood, in thrall to a wizard who forces her to pluck the flowersthat bloom in her hair and brew them into a tea that he drinks toincrease his powers. When she falls in love with one of the manyenchanted knights who come questing to Tanglewood, she defies thewizard and goes on a quest seek out the mystery of his past. But asshe changes with the seasons and the barren earth blossoms wherevershe steps, she finds that the greatest wonder and mystery of all isher own self.An unusual, gorgeously written novel, suffused with a dreamlike,fairy-tale beauty. Unfortunately, it's so dreamlike that the characters don't feel quite real, and the true identity of Brown Hannah and the mysterious treasure of Tanglewood are quite obvious. I wonder what Pierce is doing nowadays. She hasn't published anything in quite a while.

  • Ronda
    2018-10-22 10:19

    Summary: Hannah is a healer in search of her identity and place in the world after she defies the wizard she has served for more years than she knows and sets out with her animal companions to locate the faraway queen who might be able to save the life of the injured young prince who has come to fight the fierce golden boar.Booktalk: Hannah is a gifted young healer who lives at the edge of a deep, dark wood known as Tanglewood. She has no human friends, no memory or her past, nor any idea as to why flowers and herbs grow among her hair, but these plants always seem to be just the right ones to help the various ailments presented by the poor local cottars, but these folk never stay long and seem to be afraid—whether of her or the forest, she is not certain. But she is starting to wonder. Her only companions are Old Badger, Magpie, and three half-grown foxes—all of whom she can converse with—none of whom the cottars seem able to understand. Her only other human contact is with the wizard, but she only sees him when the moon is right and it is time to take him the tea she makes from the plants she pulls from her hair. She has tried to speak to the young knights who come to the wood occasionally, and has even thought to warn them—that none who enter ever leave—but they do not seem to hear her. The cottars speak of a treasure in the Tanglewood and a monstrous golden boar, but Hannah, who is not afraid of the wood has never seen sign of either boar nor treasure? Why are the cottars so afraid? Why can neither she nor her animal companions remember anything of their pasts? Is the Wizard her friend? What is the treasure at the heart of the Tanglewood? To find out, read this book by Meredith Ann Pierce.Notes: There is discrepancy among the various reviewers as to the recommended ages—with some saying 9 up and others saying 12 up. My personal feeling is that the language might be difficult for some of the younger or less adept readers because the language patterns are more old-fashioned and medieval sounding (for lack of a better description). That said, I remember just loving some of the older writing styles with unfamiliar words and dialects when I was in middle and high school. I would be more inclined to booktalk this for the older students and just recommend it individually to younger ones who seemed to enjoy similar reads.

  • Lynn
    2018-11-12 09:26

    Today’s post is on Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood by Meredith Ann Pierce. It is a stand-alone novel and is 241 pages long. It is published by Viking. The intended reader is young adult but anyone who has read Pierce’s other works will enjoy this one and if you have never read her before this is a good starting place. The cover has a curtain that is the night sky pulled to the side with a young girl looking at the reader and flowers are growing out of her hair. There is no language, no sex and only talk of some violence in this book. It is told from third person close with the focus on Hannah. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the dust jacket- First, she is Brown Hannah- a healer who lives in the Tanglewood, a drab girl who, for reason unknown to her, unnerves the villagers who come to her to get salves and charms. But when she challenges the magician who has held her captive for longer than she can remember, she becomes Green Hannah. Then she is Golden Hannah, traveling through the land, her talking animals and birds (and one silent fox) by her side. And, finally Russet Hannah, when she finishes the long journey back to where she first grew, and learns the story of who she is, and why her long flaxen hair is interwoven with deep-rooted flowers, plants, berries and wheat. A world that utterly involves the reader, bone-deep imagery, a journey that strides through the heart- this eagerly anticipated novel, Meredith Ann Pierce’s first in five years, is well worth the wait.Review- I love Pierce. She is one of my favorite authors and I have missed her because she has not published anything in a long time. The story is a beautiful journey of a young girl who does not know who or what she is. Hannah is brave, loving, and curious about herself and the world. The villain is very evil and she shines so well against his evil. The dialogue is not bad but it is not why you read this book. It is the descriptions of the world and of Hannah as she changes. Pierce knows how to world build. In her most wonderful trilogy The Darkangel Trilogy shows this well and she does not disappoint here either. I enjoy journey books and this is a good one. Hannah is a little slow about herself just to warn you and that is only problem that I have with the novel. Hannah is too innocent for my tastes but just roll with it and you will enjoy this story totally. I give this one Four and half stars out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I bought my copy with my own money.

  • Corinne
    2018-11-07 09:33

    Instead of the usual review, this time I will be doing an interview with the main character of the book, named Brown Brown Hannah, tell me about yourself.Brown Hannah: Well, I live on the borders of the Tanglewood - alone, except for my animal The Tanglewood, huh? I've heard around the village that the Tanglewood is sorta "creepy."Brown Hannah: Not to me! I've lived my life amongst the trees and while I get the sense that people from the village are wary of me and my ability to heal - and that the flowers and plants that grow in my hair are distracting to them, they still are willing to come to me when they need Flowers and plants grow in your hair?Brown Hannah: They do! And somehow they know just what would be best for whatever healing I need to do. The foliage in my hair comes up a lot and makes my story more interesting and gives it a fantastical I have to agree. Is there a bad guy in your story?Brown Hannah: Of course. But I don't want to give that away, now do I?me: True. Is there love? A journey? Can your story give me a wonderful sense of the earth and the depth of its ability to heal us? Do you speak with a lilting accent and use awesome and rarely-used vocabulary explain the world around you?Brown Hannah: A bit. Yes. Yes, and IS there really a treasure at the heart of the Tanglewood?Brown Hannah: If only someone could tell ME!! A big part of my story is me working out this very question. Although the answer may seem a bit obvious to some readers, when I realize for myself the answer to the treasure question, it still makes for good WELL.Brown Hannah: Yes. Well. I'd best be going Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts today Brown Hannah. I'll be passing this book along for sure.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-15 07:18

    Brown Hannah is a mysterious girl who lives with her animal friends in the Tanglewood; in her hair grow leaves and flowers, and she helps the people of a nearby village with herbs and charms. When she meets a knight in search of the fabled treasure of the Tanglewood and challenges the enigmatic wizard who lives at the heart of the wood, she decides to leave the wood in search of her true identity. Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood is as beautifully written as Pierce's other books, but lacks a little in plot. Unfortunately, although Hannah is an engagingly naive and charming character, the mystery of her identity becomes clear to the reader much sooner than it does to Hannah, and thus the ending is a let-down, lacking suspense and a clear resolution.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-05 11:28

    What an interesting book! It reads very much like a myth... along the lines of Lewis' Till We Have Faces, though it's nothing like that story. One of the reviews quoted on the back cover of Enchantress of the Stars calls says that book is akin to The Faerie Queen. This title felt something like that... like it should be connected to some myth or tale though, as far as I can tell, it's Pierce's own creation. How clever she is to be able to lend her story that ancient feel! Still, it can be argued that every story has elements of those that came before it, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

  • Pkelsay
    2018-10-26 08:27

    The plot is predictable, which is alright, but the language is frustrating. It's as if the author or editor decided that no adjective could be repeated in the entire novel. Just because I know fifteen synonyms for yellow doesn't mean I really want to see them all in a five-page span. The dialogue also uses a faux-archaic version of English that is contrived as well. The goal of the author to create a dream-like story is counteracted strongly by the problems with the language in dialogue and descriptions. If you want truly beautiful language and evocative, lush prose, Patricia McKillipp is the best, ever.

  • Eskana
    2018-11-08 12:18

    The Good: I LOVED the descriptions of the seasons passing- the Spring Girl/Summer Damsel etc mythology was great- and I loved the mystery that coiled at the beginning of hte story. I can't say I enjoyed the characters too much, but they were fine, and the descriptions of the flowers, plants, colors, and the seasonal effects/powers were just so great! What can I say?The Bad: I did love the descriptions, but the plot (after the beginning part) was a bit weak. It stayed a bit weak, and then the ending was just a bit obvious. While I understand why the main character didn't understand what was going on, it was so PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that it was annoying that she had to have it explained verbatim before she understood. Honestly. She wasn't stupid or anything, but she just really didn't get it.Also, when you think about it, the climax happened about halfway through the book, since after (view spoiler)[she trapped the wizard,(hide spoiler)] there wasn't really an antagonist left, just people who loved her. And because I at least figured out the mystery after that event, it was a long time waiting for the payoff.Recommendation: Despite its shortcomings, I would still recommend this story to anyone looking for a good fantasy or a light read. Pierce's writing is good, and if you enjoy her stories, you will enjoy this.

  • Bookbuyer
    2018-10-25 10:29

    This was an interesting if short book. Typically I don't read standalones and this one didn't really change my mind about that.I found the ending to be a tab abrupt and left me wanting a second book.I did however love Hannah and loved the magic and folklore of this book. The badger, magpie and foxes were really cute. They were good friends to Hannah.I loved hearing about her hair and gown changing. I just wish the humans didn't fear her.I'm really hoping the wizard is hunted and killed by those poor cottars. They deserve vengeance for all his misdeeds!

  • Julie
    2018-11-19 10:07

    The book started out strong, but I didn't really care for second half at all!I feel like a few of Meredith Ann Pierce's books start with good ideas, but she doesn't quite know how to finish them. In this case, Hannah has a major confrontation about half way through the book with a ton of fallout/consequences. The rest of the book is when Hannah quests to resolve those consequences. The problem is that the ending of the book never shows the resolution of those consequences.The other issue is that Hannah's questing doesn't accomplish much. She gains no new information, there are very few meaningful discoveries, it feels like a bridge, but it lasts for almost half the book. She meets an embroideress and then... nothing. They walk to town together and go to the 'church.' The embriodress herself could have been cut and nothing would have been lost.Hannah herself has almost no personality, which works fine for the first half of the book when she's a wizard's prisoner and has very little choice in matters, but personality she had dries up in the second half. She was clever enough to work around her circumstances in the first half, but comes up with no plans in the second half. She's naive if anything, but lacks the wonder or surprise that could make her naivety appealing. Towards the end, author had the bad habit of "revealing" information only for Hannah to figure out what things were about ten pages later. Please trust your audience enough to figure it out, or if you must, have Hannah realize when it's obvious, not a few pages later.Finally, the book really dips into insane, hippy philosophy in a bad way towards the end. Now, I'm not against environmentalism or anything like that, but it just really flattened the world for me. The evil character demonstrated being evil by *gasp* selling his magical assistance: everyone else did sorcery for free! I'm sorry, but that really pulled me out of the book. Maybe it's my bias as a semi-professional artist, but there's nothing wrong with charging people for services you provide them. How is the sorcerer supposed to live and eat if they don't make any money for their services? Oh, and don't think that it would have been okay to do it for food or something like that because the good Hannah would never accept food for her services. It didn't make sense, and drew me out of the book because it made me question how their society would normally support sorcerers. (Also, how did the peasants survive through 60+ years of winter?)So a quick ending rant...(view spoiler)[One of the most interesting twists of the book, in my opinion, was that the foundling knights were only animals the sorceress enchanted rather than true humans. That was such a surprise, but made the whole story thus far make so much more sense and more compelling! Who is the "queen" and why does she have animals at her disposal etc.? I was super intrigues by that! However, I cannot believe the author went backsies on that! They weren't really enchanted animals, they were people enchanted to be animals! Why were the bones of the dead knights animal bones? No one knows. Forgive me, I was just intrigued by a sorceress queen with an army of animals she enchants into knights. (hide spoiler)]I'd recommend The Darkangel instead. It has a much more fun protagonist, much better worldbuilding, and has an exciting conclusion at the end of the book! Also, I found some of the language in this book... ostentatious shall I say? Now, I'm reasonably well read, but I found myself look up a word every page or so. This sentence made me want to scream: "A nimbus-- strangely luminous and at first roseate, then viridescent, next meline, now heliotrope-- shifted and swirled about her and her companions..." Isn't that a little much? That was the worst offender, but there were some throughout.All and all a good premise and first half, but could have done with some serious pruning.

  • Shayla
    2018-10-24 12:18

    That was pretty lovely. I've owned this book since I took it from my 7th grade classroom's bookcase 6 or 7 years ago, but I've never read it before now. Lately I've been really appreciating fantasy stories like this that are a little less known but are still really good.This story was about a girl named Hannah who lives at the edge of the Tanglewood with some animals and none of them have any memory of how they got to the wood, but they've been there for a loooooong time. Like, centuries. Hannah grows plants in her hair and once every month she takes a wizard in the wood tea made from those plants, until she decides to stop when she realizes that taking the plants out of her head weakens her horribly. Pretty often she and the nearby villagers see knights riding off into the wood to find the treasure at its heart, but they never come out.So Hannah meets one of these knights and something happens where she needs to find the sorcerer queen who sends the knights to the wood to help him, so she goes off on a quest to find this queen. Of course during this time she actually finds out from where she (and her animal friends) came and who the wizard guy is. It was a pretty magical story. It completely took me out of reality and into the world it's set in, which I always want from books.What I liked:The simplicity, the writing, how Hannah changed with the seasons, the fact that the god in the story is a woman, the little sprinkle of romance (which was incredibly underdeveloped, but fit the fairytale feel)What I didn't like:Hannah total lack of personality, the fact that she COULD NOT put the pieces of the puzzle together. Even at the very end of the story she was like "?????" and the goddess lady was like "Hannah you dummy, you STILL don't understand what this all means?"Otherwise I really enjoyed it. It's a quaint little fairytale-esque story and I'm glad I read it.

  • VV
    2018-10-29 06:18

    I suspect that if I were still an oblivious teenager, I would absolutely love this book. But I’m not anymore. I’m a bit older, and a bit more aware of what makes a good book. As it is, it’s very difficult for me to be impressed.I like the writing. I think it's gorgeous. It does have it's pitfalls, however. Take the constant epithets used to describe Hannah as an example. Here's a few: brown-garbed girl, flaxen-haired girl, gold-garbed girl, flower-haired girl. Yes, yes, yes, I get it. Can't we just call her "the girl" since she's the only one around? The plot is reasonable: a girl found out that everything she knew was a lie, rebelled against her guardian, escaped her confinement in search of the woman of whom she thought can cure her cursed love, and, in the process, discover who she was. But good writing and a decent plot doesn't make a good novel, and the flaw in this novel, for me, is Hannah herself. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say this: How dense do you have to be to not have an inkling, even to the very end? Hannah may be sweet and kind and innocent, but she’s not very bright. And generally, I wouldn’t mind, because it does serve a purpose, mainly that of creating suspense. But there is a point when it’s not suspenseful anymore, and just outright exasperating. Everything is drawn out bit by bit; the girl made no attempt to put the clues together—even though they’re blatantly obvious—until, finally, it was painstakingly spelled out to her. It only took a single word.As it is, I'm giving it 3.5 stars.

  • Erin Cataldi
    2018-11-15 12:18

    I was in just the right kind of mood for this easy breezy fantasy novel. It's a feel good novel that begs to be read outdoors on a nice spring day.The story follows Hannah, a young healer of sorts, who lives in the Tanglewood forest under the watchful eye of a conniving wizard. She has no idea how she came to be, what her name is, or why she is different from the village folk who come to her for salves, remedies, and healing. Flowers and vines grow in her hair and she uses them to help makes medicines for the nearby village folk and at the end of every month she pulls them all out of her hair and makes a tea for the wizard. As the story progresses she starts to wonder more about her existence and tries to get her friends, some forest animals (yes she can talk to animals as well), to explain to her the ways of the world and why she has to serve the wizard the way she does but they can't remember anything about their past or future existence either. The story takes an interesting turn when a night enters the forest trying to seek treasure at the heart of the Tanglewood, when he is badly injured Hannah (what the young healer has taken to calling herself) restores his health and starts a quest to find out what the true meaning of her life is. It's a beautifully written story and you can't help but sympathize with poor Hannah as she tries to find out what her purpose is. It is a cute and easy adventure and I would highly recommend it to anyone :)

  • Danielle
    2018-11-13 09:23

    Picked this up at a local used bookstore due to it being a Firebird fantasy and once again I was not disappointed!This book had the feel of reading an old piece of folklore, just kinda how words were used and repeated. One thing that stuck out to me was that Pierce uses dozens of descriptions for the same character when talking about her. "the golden girl", "the cloaked girl", "the citrus clad girl", and "golden Hannah" can all be used on the same page. Usually I'm not picky about these kinds of things but in this case it stuck out. This book doesn't have much action in it, but it's a very comfortable read. I really liked Hannah and had no qualms following her through her world, watching her find out who she was and what she could do. The dramatic irony at the end was getting a bit ridiculous, but it kept the conflict running and suited the character. Overall, a good book to read when you're outside and want to enjoy the day (or are stuck inside and want to pretend it's nice out). Pierce is good at "mystical" descriptions. And the group of secondary characters were, for wont of a more perfect term, delightful.

  • Ashlee Willis
    2018-11-14 08:07

    This book! I am getting the feeling I shouldn't try to review it at all ... but that's the way I feel with all of my favorites. I knew from the first chapter that the real "treasure" was not in the name of the book - but truly the book itself. The story is one of universal value, of self-discovery and acceptance, of love and power. Hannah (the main character) is meek and sheltered, with only animal companions. The reader has the privilege to watch as she comes into her own personal beauty and wisdom, journeying to discover where she came from, and in so doing, learn who she is.I have never read anything like Pierce's voice in this story. It is completely mesmerizing, like walking through a dream, and it was a truly magical experience for me. It is reading books like this one that keep the desire alive within me to be a writer.This is a book for those who love a tangle of beautifully-strung words, a heroine with a strong and true heart, and a fairytale journey that edges just into the margins of our own realities.

  • Tori
    2018-10-26 09:05

    2003- Hannah has for as long as she remembers, lived at the edge of Tanglewood, where the local villagers come to visit her for her healing. Strange flowers grow in her hair, and she must pluck them out before they bloom and give the tea made from them to a wizard that lives in the Tanglewood. Hannah is content with her life, until she meets a brave knight, Foxkith, whom she falls in love with and wants to prevent from entering the forest, fearing he will never return like all the others. As soon as Hannah starts to challenge the Wizard and wonder about the life she has lived, it leads her on a journey with her talking friends: Badger, Magpie, the fox pups, and another voiceless friend. This book was wonderfully written, almost poetic at times. However, the author used many terms not in use commonly anymore, so I often had to look many up. I also found some of the ending very predictable, and I felt like the story could have wrapped up better. Maybe she's going for a sequel?

  • Maia B.
    2018-11-14 09:33

    The writing is very good, and the plot progresses slowly at first but then picks up speed towards the middle. It's not quite fantasy, not quite historical fiction - impossible to choose one. They're so closely intermingled that they've become one another.The only major problem, as I see it, in this otherwise very good book is that once Hannah, the main character, has learned the solution to her final problem, she begins to put the solution into action just as the book ENDS. The reader doesn't actually find out if it works, or what happens afterward. It's abrupt and a little disorienting, and I find myself looking for another chapter, even though I've already read the book several times.Nevertheless, it's exciting, well-written and a good adventure story. I like it a lot - but I really, really which I knew what happened after the last sentence.

  • BiblioBickie
    2018-10-30 10:12

    Brown Hannah lives at the edge of the Tanglewood where she is sought out by the villagers for her healing abilities. Each month, she pulls the flowers that grow from her head and uses them to create a special brew for the wizard who lives deep in the Tanglewood and protects its mysterious treasure. Knights often come searching for the treasure, but they are never seen again. One day, Hannah falls in love with one of them and later witnesses his transformation into a fox. Hannah starts to see the wizard in a different light and takes a journey where she discovers both her origins and her vast benevolent power. (view spoiler)[It turns out she is the treasure, and she is kind of being held captive by the wizard. Hannah, it turns out, is a kind of Demeter-type. (hide spoiler)] Best for ages 12+

  • TeenFiction Teton County Library
    2018-10-23 10:31

    YA PierceI think this will appeal mostly to the younger set of YA's. (It could even be moved to J.) It is not as sophisticated as McKinley or Dickinson fantasy novels I have read but it has it's own flair.Hannah is a young healer who lives alone but for her animal companions. A dark wizard commands from her a special draught that comes from her long hair budding with leaves and shoots. When Hannah rescues a Knight from imminent death, she begins to question and unravel the mystery of the Tanglewood. Her mission takes her far from the woods that have been her home to new lands, as she leaves the wizard trapped behind and discovers who she really is.Not highly received, but good for young kids breaking into YA.

  • Wildcrafted
    2018-10-25 12:07

    This book is essentially beautifully written though it takes a few pages to get used to Pierce's writing style. I was wishing that I had ever-changing seasonal hair after her beautiful descriptions! I enjoyed the book all the way up to the end when I feel that the main character was portrayed as unnecessarily dense- I almost felt embarrassed for her. ALSO it seems like the last chapter was chopped off on the editing block. I felt very unsatisfied since one of the main plot lines of the story doesn't get resolved really. You can guess what will happen but there should have been a line or two or even another chapter to make it seem official.

  • Crystal Carroll
    2018-10-25 12:09

    In Brown Hannah’s hair grows flowers that she must pluck for the wizard’s as she watches young heroes ride into the Tanglewood in search of the treasure.The secret of this story isn’t really the nature of the treasure. That’s fairly obvious. What’s important in this story is the wonderful stretch into seasons. Hannah begins the story unnaturally frozen in the brown season. Gray and chill. Forgetful. Isolated even from herself. It’s about stretching out into the world in that first Maiden’s journey. Meredith Pierce has a wonderful languorous control of the English language. Not mere yellows, but saffrons and russets. A luscious roll into the seasonal.

  • Linnae
    2018-10-23 05:25

    Hannah lives at the edge of a cursed forest, though she has never been afraid there. Her hair grows herbs and flowers, which she uses to heal the ailments of the local village folk. She also must prepare a drink for the magician who lives in the forest, once a month, from what is growing in her hair at the time. She doesn't remember a different life.As Hannah gains experience, she realizes that something is very wrong with her one-sided association with the wizard, and as she sets out to do something about it, healing and hope begin to ripple out from her to all those around her.Enjoyable original fantasy and coming-of-age story. Hannah's hair is pretty amazing!

  • Brigid Keely
    2018-11-13 13:25

    This is a decent enough story bogged down by also being predictable and over written. Now, the "predictable" might have to do with the age level of the book, but I've never found Jane Yolen or Robin McKinely to be predictable and I haven't found Pierce's other books to be predictable. In trying to capture the tone of the world/people she seems to have taken the easy way out of using "quaint" language as a crutch. Despite that, it's an engaging story that moves quickly and features a female protagonist who has to solve problems on her own, instead of being rescued, so that's a big plus.

  • Diane
    2018-11-14 13:08

    Pierce has much skill with description and imagination. This book is a charming tale, but the plot is disappointing and simplistic. Anyone can guess the resolutions from the second chapter on, and Pierce uses the very annoying plot device where the main character can't figure out what is very obvious to even the other characters. It makes it hard for me to be interested in or respect a character who is that dumb when they are supposed to not be. However, it is beautifully written, and if you like nature mythology, this is for you.

  • Bree Mclaren
    2018-11-18 13:04

    The writing is beautiful and want so much to say it was a fantastic read. However there is some fundamental problems I have with it, mainly how stupid the main character is. She doesn't seem to have any sense of reasoning or logic at all to figure out who she is. Even being imprisoned she had to have had basic development of common sense of some sort to have figured this out. Having figured out what the treasure of the Tanglewood was, the book seemed to slow in pace. I would say its good for a single read and only in passing.

  • Jen
    2018-11-10 13:26

    This is a book I heard was good so checked it out from the library. It sat on my shelf for a while because I just was not really interested. That just goes to show that sometimes what you think you are not interested in is really something quite wonderful. This book feels like a fairy tale retelling though it isn't. The book just feels familiar and comfortable which is totally to the credit of the author. I just loved this book.I just realized Pearce also wrote The Woman Who Loved Reindeer. Which oddly enough I read and liked in middle school 20 years ago.

  • Patrick
    2018-11-11 10:25

    Meredith Ann Pierce crafts a beautifully written modern fairy tale starring an unlikely hero. While the first rule of fantasy writing is to leave off with the "antique language" (think thee's and thou's), Pierce somehow makes her own brand of writing work, weaving a tapestry that is multi-layered and fully realized. Where the book falls short are its "twists," which I wish had been as ingenious as the prose. Readers older than YA will likely figure out where the story is going before it reaches its destination, but the journey is still worth the ride.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-28 10:31

    At first when I unearthed this book from the depths of my bookshelf, I was skeptical. I usually don't like to read really short books because, in my experience, the characters tend to lack depth and the plot is undeveloped. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I thought that both the plot and the characters were multi-faceted and intriguing. I only gave the book 3 stars because the ending was too abrupt for my taste, but overall I was quite pleased.

  • Megan M.
    2018-10-30 10:28

    I really liked this book. It is fantasy. A girl is like a tree, with hair filled with flowers and magic herbs. This wizard guy is taking advantage of her and makes her pull her hair out to keep the wizard at health. (They brew a tea like thing with the hair) The wizard drinks it to live. One day Hannah runs away to find out who she really is. There is so much more to the story, but it was really good.