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I thought this story would be very interesting. I am a fan of YA fantasy, and I'm also a fan of supporting Indie writers. I figured, the woman minored in Celtic Mythology. Who doesn't love Lugh and the Morrigan? This will be fun. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
When I was about fifteen percent of the way into this book, I thought, okay, sweetheart, I see what you're doing here. Your awkward girl protagonist is going to find out she's a fairy and fall in love with a hot fairy boy. Tight. I've read it before, but as a fantasy fan and former awkward girl myself, it never gets old. Let's do this. Instead, she went on for page after page about doing her homework and washing the dishes. We got a whole chapter about her friends, none of whom have anything to do with the actual story. Thought I to myself, pacing problems, girl. This book took four chapters to do what it should have done in one. Did I need to see our heroine getting picked on by a cheerleader? Ugh. No. But I figured, this is going to get good anytime. Any time now. Okay, any time...
The book seriously ended with what should have been the first major plot point. The hero and the heroine have no real connection at all, besides that she thinks he's hot. And because the book was so much filler for the sequel (God, I hope something happens in the sequel, though the previews indicate more of the same) it ended with the protagonist getting messed up due to her stupidity and inability to follow directions and the hero having to rescue her even though he explicitly told her what not to do. It was not sweet and endearing. It made her seem weak, so weak as to be a little offensive.
But here was the worst part: I feel like she stretched her intro into a whole book as a business strategy. She wanted to give away the first volume, a la Amanda Hawking, but she didn't want to actually give anything away. It's almost as if she is saying, you want plot? Pay me for plot. The thing is, I would pay for plot. I do all the time. I wish she had just been honest and sold me a book where things happen. I feel cheated, and I do not intend to pick up the sequel.
The story is told in first person, which always takes a bit for me to get into as we are taken into the story from one perspective and without the luxury of others' thoughts. This is no reflection on the story just my reading habits.
Right away we're taken into a dream or is it a memory of teenage Meghan Elam, a mysterious adventure that is just a piece in the puzzle of her life. She feels very different, always has, from the way her eyes change color to odd visions and the uncanny way she hears trees sometimes...
As her day starts we're introduced to her family, including her mom, dad, and five younger brothers...including her special connection with Aiden who has Autism. Then we meet her friends...who she kinda annoyingly analyzes a bit as she explains them...but that's teenagers. Once we arrived at school I found myself kinda relating to her friend Robin, as I never tolerated bullying of anyone, let alone myself or friends and was hoping Meghan would stand up for herself. Well she does, it does just take longer than it should.
Before long she starts encountering all sorts of startling things; not least of all an over-sized Raven with red eyes who seems to be watching her, freaky gnomes in the swamp, and a white wolfhound who lures her into the night. Cue Cumorrig and a really tall and immensely strong stranger and yikes, what on Earth is going on.
Cade MacRoich says he has some answers for her, but she's not sure she wants to ask those questions... once she does it seems there's no turning back nor away. Then again, with stray Faelah creeping into her neighborhood she couldn't avoid them nor this Otherworld Hunter anyway. Of course, he talks like he's from an age gone by and his smile would melt butter on a frozen winter day....what were we talking about....oh but he keeps disappearing and seems to be keeping secrets from her...maybe some deadly secrets.
I'm sorry, am I annoyingly just giving you faint hints at the story without actually explaining it to you....good because I highly recommend you read this series yourself and be prepared to get caught up in the adventure and follow Meghan into the Dolmarehn to find out what happens!
I did. I started out with the Kindle version... which I stayed up far too late and left many tasks undone to finish reading. Then I moved to the Audible audio book version (audio my preferred method) and acquired the rest of the stories available. I took a road maybe a little less traveled and read Faelorehn then Dolmarehn which are both told from Meghan's point of view (Books 1 & 2). Then I couldn't resist and read/listened to Ghalien then Ehriad (Books 4 & 5) which are told from Cade's point of view...some of the events from the first two books from his perspective plus new adventures. Then I read Luathara, which is actually Book 3.
Though, it seems to start off slow....according to some reviewers... or rather starts off intriguing, gets a bit slow and gives just glimpses into adventure before taking off... this is just first person storytelling...we get the events as they happen and many of the thoughts in between. I'm a McKinley reader so I love details and character development. Be forewarned, though it ends all too quickly it seems like just after we're getting to the good stuff....but don't worry you can snatch the sequel right away like I did.
I recommend all of these books. I own the Kindle and Audible versions of each and will be rereading/relistening to them again. This series will probably join my annual reread shelf of Tolkien, MacDonald, McKinley, Fenech, and more.
Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy (The Otherworld Series 1)
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