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Violet Wings is a young adult fantasy novel by Victoria Hanley.

For Zaria Tourmaline, the five years without her mother and brother have been lonely ones, living with a cold and distant guardian while she completes her education. Just as she is ready to join the world of adult fairies and genies, she finds a spellbook written entirely in her mother's hand.

But this treasured object is not safe from a new enemy, a fairy with more power than Zaria ever dreamed existed. Only among the humans—who must never know fairies and genies exist—can Zaria hide the spellbook; but hidden magic, it turns out, can expose a fairy in ways she never thought possible.


A sequel is out, entitled Indigo Magic. Zaria finds herself in possession of an indigo bottle filled with perilous magic that could tear Feyland apart, and the evil fairy Lily Morganite wants control of it. Zaria’s quest to defeat Lily takes her and her friends from Earth to the lands of the pixies, gremlins, and trolls. But every place they go, danger awaits.

This book contains examples of:

  • Big Bad: Lily.
  • Blessed with Suck: One child's 'gift' from a fairy godmother is a lack of curiosity.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
  • Cold Iron: Iron anything is outright immune to magic. It can also bind fairies and reduce their magic; disobedient fairies are given iron clamps around their wings as punishment.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The colors fairies and genies get determines the strength of the magic they can do; the purity of the color determines how large their capacity is.
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  • The Fair Folk
  • Fantastic Racism: Fairies and genies with low color spectrums (Red) are looked down upon by ones with higher color spectrums (Green or Blue).
    • Fairies are not fond of humans or leprechauns.
  • Karma Houdini: Lily, at least by the end of the first book.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Troll magic is too powerful for a fairy to break out of. Except Zaria.
  • The Magic Versus Technology War: Touched upon. Fairies are not immune to technology and weapons; a fairy being shot by a gun one day closed Feyland's borders to humans.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Fairies are the female of the species, genies are the male, and they're as tall as humans.
  • Sadist Teacher: Mr. Bloodstone, at least to Zaria.
  • Science Fantasy: Subtle, but one human boy has a laser pistol of some kind.
  • Sequel Hook: It's never revealed what happened to Lily, and Zaria begins a search for her parents and brother.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Lily to Zaria, and all of Feyland.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Leona discovers this the hard way.


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