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Faelorehn: Book One of the Otherworld Series Kindle Edition
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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)
It was things like, "Oh! Cade is so hot and he gave me this bow so I must practice to impress him and not disappoint him though does he like me? Because I'm in love and what if he leaves me? I'll be so depressed... blah blah blah."
Instead of, "Hey, this hot guy gave me a bow and showed me how to use it because evil creatures are attacking me and my loved ones and I want to NOT die, so I better learn what the hell I'm doing."
All in all, I liked the originality of the story-line and I enjoyed the series because of that, but I won't read it again and I'm loathe to recommend it to someone and would direct them to other books, like Grave Mercy if they are interested in old gods.
Meghan has always thought she was crazy. She could see and hear things that noone else could and her eyes change color. In this book she meets Cade MacRoich. She thinks his is a typical teenage boy, until she finds out that he is Faelorehn, an immortal being from a place called Eile. What she isn't expecting is for him to justify the things she always thought made her seem crazy. Can he really know what's going on with her?
I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what happens next.
I loved all the characters in here with all their differences and quirks and such (Cade was obviously my favorite). I do wish there had been a little more character development or at least maybe some more time with Meghan's normal friends (Tully, Will, Robyn, Thomas). I felt like some of them (Will especially) could have used a little more love.
Overall, I seriously adored this book, and (at least right now) it's free on kindle, which is fantastic. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for an easy, entertaining read!