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Faery Swap Paperback – December 16, 2013
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This book was fun to read, surprisingly fun to read as an adult since it’s marketed for a middle-grade crowd. It had more intent and attempted violence and evil than I would have thought for a typical middle-grade novel, more like a young adult novel actually.
The genre was also not quite a typical fairy fantasy because there were wizards and spells and wands. This book had everything! There were even creatures that were different. The fantasy world was separate from the human world and action took place in both. There was world building but it wasn’t off-putting because much of the action and the beginning of the novel took place in the close to reality human world.
There was only one true female but only because it’s about someone else, she isn’t a strong female type or a damsel in distress. Her character could almost also be another boy, she isn’t gender stereotyped into a female corner.
This book covered a lot in its longer than you would expect for a middle grade novel pages. There was a glimpse at friendship and family dynamics and loyalty as well as grief and emotional turmoil over loss and perceived loss of loved ones.
I liked Finn just as much as I liked Zaneyr and even though the faery boy was doing something seemingly wrong by soul swapping with Finn, I understood and was able to sympathize with his motives later on.
Since Finn is even now only fourteen, this has been a heavy burden, but he loves his sister and has to do it to hold together what family he still has. Now his father has moved them from sunny California to less-sunny England, and Finn has to be the new kid in school and learn a whole new culture, while continuing to care for his sister.
So it's a bit inconvenient when a faery named Zaneyr steals his body and sends his soul into the Otherworld.
In fairness to Zaneyr, he thinks he's doing the only thing he can: escaping his father's mad, dangerous plan to re-fuse the Otherworld and Earth together again, so that the faery will have real lives again. Too bad so many human souls, now only trapped in the Otherworld, would be completely destroyed in the process!
Finn just wants to get home to Erin, and has no idea how hard that is. Zaneyr has not fully though through what his own plan to stop his father will really do, starting with the fact that he'll be stranding yet another human soul in the Otherworld. He's also assuming that his father won't go ahead and try to complete the Fusion without Zaneyr. There's also something really important that both Finn and Zaneyr don't know about Finn's father.
Finn, Zaneyr, and their allies and opponents keep making big mistakes while trying to single-handedly fixing the major problem Zaneyr's father created a year ago in the Otherwold, a century ago in Finn's world. It's a fun book, with some interesting twists and turns.
I bought this audiobook.
Finn, his little sister, Erin, and his Dad, who is seldom around, have moved from California to England where everything is different. Mom is dead and not only does Finn have to be careful to follow the rules about school so Child Protective Services doesn’t take Erin away, he’s about to find out just how different his new life is. When he meets a strange guy, who doesn’t seem to be right in the head, and who’s looking for a lost coin, he and the weird kid swap bodies, not Finn’s choice, by the way, and Finn enters a magical world of faeries. The big question is: how on earth does he get his own body back?
FAERY SWAP is a fun and sometimes a bit scary novel for middle-grade readers, as well as older readers, who like fantasy and faery stories. This would make a good addition to school libraries, as well as your own library.
I loved the imaginative depiction of a parallel faery world that wove new elemental species in with more familiar sprites and faery folk. Also, I could relate to the main character, Finn, on so many levels because his biography (prior to the faery bit, of course) paralleled mine in several ways. That made it a fun book for me despite the fact that I'm a good 30+ years over the intended target audience age. The language style was very easy to read without being simplistic or stilted, so even younger readers can jump into the story and follow along. Excellent and engaging piece of children's literature.