A common street fight in London, Emily thinks, but between faeries with swords?! She's just minding her own business, trying to earn a few coins running errands so that she and her brother Will won't be forced into a horrid orphanage.
She shouldn't be able to see the faerie folk who walk among the humans in Victorian England, but she can. She shouldn't be able to travel to the underground faerie city or survive there, but she can. Now the battling faerie rulers of the Seelie and Unseelie courts are trying to convince her to side with one realm or the other - and both groups are trying to retake the upper World from humankind.
The secret society known as the Invisible Order has known of these threats to humans for centuries and strives to eliminate both faerie kingdoms forever. But Emily discovers that the faerie and human worlds are linked, so if one perishes, the other will also!
When the faeries kidnap her brother, Emily must sneak into the Invisible Order's headquarters and find a mysterious object. But can she trust the Seelie queen or the Unseelie King or the renegade faeries who help her escape from underground? What do Merlin and Christopher Wren have to do with all this?
The first book of the Invisible Order trilogy is filled with action and treachery as 12 year-old Emily is drawn into a centuries-old war -- is she really the only one who can save humankind? 352 pages
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA