Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor
Outskirts Press (2009)
Reviewed by Marcy Blesy for Reader Views (01/10)
“Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor” by Willow is the fictional story of Tirissa, a young girl from the medieval town of Oakenwood. When she first spots a large mystical bird, she runs to tell her family, only to discover that they have changed. Responding instantly to commands, they appear “deadened” in their facial expressions and actions. Seeking assistance from a local herb woman, Tirissa sets out on a lengthy journey to save her family from the “deadening spell.” Along the way she acquires the help of many people including Oglo, a troll, and Storge, a portly guard. She encounters a threatening “beak,” a “tracker,” and evil princes who seek to stop Tirissa from ending the spell that has been cast as well as another, even worse spell, that will soon cause the death of thousands of people.
Willow has written a nice tale. Tirissa has many adventures, never finding her path to be easy. Just as one roadblock is overcome, another is created. The cast of characters are interesting, especially the fantastical lot that includes trolls, fairies, witches, wizards, and dragons. The story is also a self-discovery tale as Tirissa learns about herself and her purpose in the world.
The book is well-written and well-edited. The pace is smooth and easy to read. The children that read this story will be captivated to keep reading until the end, as there are many obstacles along the way. My only minor critique is that Tirissa is a bit too “perfect.” She always seems to overcome her challenges without ever being resentful or angry that she is placed in this position. Allowing “flaws” would have been fine and understandable. However, as this book is designed for children, in this day and age of imperfect role models, a little perfection now and again can be refreshing! I recommend “Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor” by Willow and hope that young readers will enjoy their escape into a different world.