Keltia has a normal seventeen-year-old life. Except that she was found on the steps of a police station when she was a baby. And she was born with green hair. And no one knows why.
A fun day takes a fateful twist after a group of ren-faire barbarians who actually seem dangerous start chasing her across the grounds. When she follows a handsome jouster, Emerson, into a hollow tree to hide, she finds herself in a fantasy land of giants, killer unicorns, powerful faeries . . . and dryads.
Can Emerson help her find the key to return home? Or will Keltia be swallowed up by this impossible land?
Book 1 of the Willow Green series.
Like most protagonists entering magic portals, Keltia doesn’t know what comes next. At least she has read the right fantasy books and loves attending the renaissance faire. When a band of Vikings attacks, Keltia follows a victorious jousting knight into a new world that isn’t as friendly as her favorite books. She must discover where she truly belongs—her home state of Texas or the magical land of Artentia. A. C. Castillo’s Once Upon a Ren Faire fulfills and subverts fantasy tropes while exploring themes of family pain.
Best for: Fans of portal fantasy and fast-paced adventure.
Discern: Some violence, heroes withhold truths, light romance with longing glances and light kisses.