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Alosha

by Christopher Pike

Tor Books | September 14, 2004 | Hardcover

Alosha is rated 2 out of 5 by 2.
Every young girl dreams that she''s secretly a princess of a far-off land and that someday her true parents will come to claim her and usher her into a life of luxury, an fabulous existence where she might even have magical powers and be swept off her feet by a handsome prince.
Teenager Ali Warner has reason to cling to such a fantasy. Her mother died in a car accident a year ago. Her father, a trucker determined to work through his grief, hasn''t acknowledged Ali''s burgeoning figure or complicated emotions. Her friends still aren''t sure how to talk about her mother''s death. And the Southern California forest that has always been Ali''s refuge is about to be ravaged by logging.
Ali is about to discover that she is a princess-a fairy princess. And that she has to save the world. For real.

To claim her fairy powers, Ali must overcome seven potentially lethal challenges. Then she must scale a mountain and confront the King of the Dwarves and the King of the Elves, whose armies are poised to invade Earth.

With her bemused 21st century friends, a sly leprechaun, and an extremely loyal, extremely ugly, troll by her side, Ali begins the most momentous journey of her young life, a journey during which she will learn much about herself and the past she thought she knew. She will conquer fire and water, earth and air, and even time itself. She will be both betrayer and betrayed, will see death close at hand, and will snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Ali Warner is Alosha. Welcome to her world.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.52 × 6.46 × 0.99 in

Published: September 14, 2004

Publisher: Tor Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765310988

ISBN - 13: 9780765310989

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from What is it they say about judging books by their covers? There is one thing that can be said for this book - it has pretty cover art. That's it. The story starts off rather generically - it isn't a terrible beginning, but it isn't stupendous either. I gave it the benefit of a doubt, and boy, did that ever prove to be a mistake. Not only was the plot terribly predictable but it was so shoddily thrown together that any credibility it was attempting to establish was immediately undermined. Fantasy stretches the limits of the imagination as it is without an absolutely terrible description of time travel, random magical creatures popping up every five steps, absolutely no character development, and a plot that was completely riddled with holes. I'm ashamed that I actually read it through from cover to cover. In Christopher Pike's defense I will admit that I have never read any of his other work and I have not read the two sequels to this novel ... I admit that after this brief foray into his writing, I don't have the stomach for it. Perhaps this novel is a poor testament to his skill, but if so it was sufficient enough to deter me from reading anything more of his without strong persuasion. Avoid this mess.
Date published: 2007-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could've used a little fairy dust I admit, it was the cover that led me to purchase this book, and I don't regret the buy. It proved to be a nice relaxing read that I finished quickly and while it did leave you hanging (anticipating the next book 'The Shaktra') it had a solid enough conclusion that you won't be left exasperated over it (as in that sixth Harry Potter we're all waiting for!) However ... it could have been better. The characters were rather stereotyped, though the fact that it focused on fairies more than any other creature was new(er) to me. Pike used the stereotypical fantasy races in his book as well, but they fit in with the plot ... and to be honest the only major disappointment I faced was the fact that some parts were just too unrealistic. For a thirteen-year-old, even one with powers such as hers, the main character remained much too calm in some of the circumstances presented ... and a messy little time mix-up didn't seem to fit smoothly into the rest of the plot. Neverthless, while the characters could have been developed a little more, I'll finish on a positive note saying that it was one of the lightest and most refreshing books I've read in a while. A nice mental break from some of those books that make you stop and question the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Date published: 2005-04-19

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Alosha

by Christopher Pike

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.52 × 6.46 × 0.99 in

Published: September 14, 2004

Publisher: Tor Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765310988

ISBN - 13: 9780765310989

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Every young girl dreams that she''s secretly a princess of a far-off land and that someday her true parents will come to claim her and usher her into a life of luxury, an fabulous existence where she might even have magical powers and be swept off her feet by a handsome prince.
Teenager Ali Warner has reason to cling to such a fantasy. Her mother died in a car accident a year ago. Her father, a trucker determined to work through his grief, hasn''t acknowledged Ali''s burgeoning figure or complicated emotions. Her friends still aren''t sure how to talk about her mother''s death. And the Southern California forest that has always been Ali''s refuge is about to be ravaged by logging.
Ali is about to discover that she is a princess-a fairy princess. And that she has to save the world. For real.

To claim her fairy powers, Ali must overcome seven potentially lethal challenges. Then she must scale a mountain and confront the King of the Dwarves and the King of the Elves, whose armies are poised to invade Earth.

With her bemused 21st century friends, a sly leprechaun, and an extremely loyal, extremely ugly, troll by her side, Ali begins the most momentous journey of her young life, a journey during which she will learn much about herself and the past she thought she knew. She will conquer fire and water, earth and air, and even time itself. She will be both betrayer and betrayed, will see death close at hand, and will snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Ali Warner is Alosha. Welcome to her world.

About the Author

Christopher Pike, the bestselling author of the Remember Me and The Last Vampire series, has more than fifty novels to his credit. His previous adult novels include Sati, The Season of Passage, and The Cold One. Pike lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Editorial Reviews

"Will undoubtedly entertain. Pike traverses the fantasy terrain well, and the end result is sure to be a blockbuster." --Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books
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