The Guardians, Book Three: Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce

So, it seems that Pitch has already been defeated, but not quite. Because we haven’t met the rest of the Guardians yet! With the anticipation of the movie, Rise of the Guardians, I’m more eager to learn about the Guardians. And William Joyce’s third book of the series is about tooth fairies. Here’s the summary from the back cover of the book:

When last we heard, The Guardians were resting easy with the knowledge that the children of Santoff Claussen were finally safe from Pitch’s dastardly plans.

But is it all a ruse, a scheme, a lull the evil Nightmare King has deviously concocted? Whatever Pitch’s plans, what he doesn’t know is that there’s a new Guardian in town, and she’s not the type to forget old grudges. Actually, she’s not the type to forget anything, because this Guardian is none other than Toothiana, the Tooth Fairy herself. She’s fierce and fast, and crossing her will lead to a multitude of troubles. And it turns out that, well, all those teeth she has been collecting? They contain memories: the forgotten memories of childhood. Young Katherine hopes that these memories might help her to remember her parents. The Guardians hope they’ll offer even further protection from Pitch.

You can see how this information would be invaluable to our heroes.

But it could also be invaluable to Pitch…

Just by the title itself, it’s evident that the book tackles the history of Toothiana and what pushes her to become who she is now. It feels nostalgic reading this book. How did tooth fairies originate exactly? Why do they become part of our childhood stories in the first place? Even my parents made me believe that something or someone was claiming our baby teeth after we put them on the floor at the side of our bed (when in fact, I later on figured out that the teeth will just be swept away when our maid cleaned the room).

As much as Toothiana centers the storyline, Katherine has made an important role in this book, too. Moreover, readers have seen an unexpectedly different kind of Pitch – not the villainous portrayal of him that makes us want to hate him to the fullest. There’s a hint of pity in him that will doubt our conviction for his evilness. It’s really a surprise that Katherine and Pitch both have similarities. They share the same kind of feeling of yearning and longing for their loved ones that perhaps lets them understand one another.

I’m really curious of Pitch’s thoughts and feelings after he saw his daughter’s picture. I do hope he’ll change back to being human and then he and the Guardians will defeat the fearlings once and for all.

As the series progresses, we get to see the personalities of the Guardians that stand out from each of them. They are, indeed, diverse, but despite that fact, I’m still amazed by their ability to work together as a team. I’m most definitely fond of Bunnymund. I find him amusing due to his humorous side comments and ignorance toward humanity. The ending for this book may have a cliffhanger, but the story ends well. It convinces the readers to read the next book.

Full of magic, stories, and adventures, this book will keep you interested until the end. Your imaginations will definitely have no limit as long as you believe. Even I wish to taste Bunnymund’s chocolates and experience a spectacular magic effect on me, as well as to receive memories from my baby teeth. Furthermore, the detailed illustrations are just as impressive as the first two books. Hands down to William Joyce’s creativity. I’m really looking forward to the next book. The story isn’t finished and I have yet to meet the other Guardians that will bring more excitement to the plot.

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